Tuesday, April 7, 2020
David Horseman

All education is career and technical education

A lot of times I hear people referring to career and technical education and college prep classes as two separate things. When it comes down to it, all education is career and technical education.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s April 3 letter to families

It should have come as no surprise to any of us when Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentucky’s school superintendents on Thursday to keep schools across the state closed for another two weeks. Both the Kentucky Department of Education and your child’s school were already preparing for this.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 27 letter to families

Our focus at KDE is now three-fold – Educate, Feed and Support. Our first priority is ensuring your children still receive their education through the use of Kentucky’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program.
Erin Ball, Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Why teach?

Scott County's Erin Ball, the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, shares what brought her into the teaching profession and why she believes it's a rewarding field.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 20 letter to families

As the first week of school closures due to the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 draws to a close, I want to thank you all for the changes in schedules and sacrifices you have had to make to help keep our students and communities safe.
KDE Employee Spotlight: Christina Johnson. "Knowing the difference that good food and a full belly makes to students really drives me and the whole branch to continue to perfect and work on this program."

KDE Employee Spotlight: Christina Johnson

This week we head over to KDE’s Division of School and Community Nutrition to spotlight Program Coordinator Christina Johnson.
Among the traveling exhibits provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is "Hamilton," which details Alexander Hamilton’s role in laying the foundation for today’s financial system. Photo submitted

Cleveland Fed offers resources on personal finance, economics, social studies

Field trips to learn about money. Traveling exhibits about history. Classroom activities on economics and financial literacy. These are just a few of the free resources – aligned with educational standards – that the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offers to educators, libraries, community organizations and museums.
Students from Floyd Central High School (Floyd County) take part in an interactive music experience at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Photo submitted

Building community through inquiry: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

With inquiry at its core, the new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies seek to empower students to think critically and to become active participants in the learning process. By incorporating inquiry-based learning, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is encouraging students to engage in open dialogue with both the teacher and classmates in a formal setting.
KDE Employee Spotlight Joette Fields: "I get to work with some of the most amazing education leaders in the state as they implement policy and regulations to improve education for Kentucky's students."

KDE Employee Spotlight: Joette Fields

Executive Administrative Secretary Joette Fields has been with the Kentucky Department of Education since November of 2018. This isn’t her first stop with state government, however.
David Couch

For 25 years, Kentucky has led the way in education technology

I am justifiably proud of how far Kentucky has come with education technology. We are a pioneer and national leader in both digital access and cloud computing.