Friday, August 23, 2019
Claire Gwaltney

Museum resources for the social studies classroom

The new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies look very different from the old ones. Perhaps the most notable change is the new emphasis on Kentucky studies, a subject once relegated to 4th grade but now addressed in every K-12 classroom.
Torri Lee Martin

PD for you and me

Jefferson County's Torri Lee Martin says using the workshop model for professional development can lead to more effective learning and more satisfied teachers.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

As the workplace changes, so must education

It is imperative that we ensure our students have the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in this changing economy. Understanding how technology is affecting us in the present and how our schools have to adapt quickly to those changes is not easy, but we have to do it.
Leigh Cocanougher

How environmental education can lead to novice reduction

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education's Leigh Cocanougher explains how environmental education may be a tool to help reduce the number of students scoring Novice on statewide testing.
Andrew Waterhouse

Making project-based learning work in an AP curriculum

Jefferson County's Andrew Waterhouse explains how project-based learning can fit into the Advanced Placement curriculum and get students more engaged.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

More than just funding needed to ensure equity, achievement in schools

While it is important that we address our funding challenges in public education, I am deeply concerned that much of the dialogue has been largely limited to just a funding conversation. The reality of our situation is that achieving KDE and KBE’s shared vision of ensuring that each and every student, regardless of background and characteristics, is empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future, will take much more than funding.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Addressing teacher shortages: Traditional and alternative routes to teaching

The most important school factor in a child’s academic success is having access to high-quality, effective teachers. While we have continually sought to improve the quality of instruction provided to students, particularly those who have been historically underserved, we are now facing teacher shortages in Kentucky and across the nation like we never have before.
Aaron Thompson

Letter to Kentucky graduates: College is still worth it

You may have noticed that people are more skeptical about the value of college than they used to be.  As president of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, I challenge this notion and assure you that your college education was worth it.
Beverly Joan Boulware

Opening the treasures of the language of math with children’s literature

During the past 25 years, the use of children’s literature as a context for teaching mathematical language has become a popular classroom practice and has been accompanied by an explosion in the number of children’s books that have been written specifically for such use.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Novice: The academic emergency room

One of THE most important initiative we’re undertaking at the Kentucky Department of Education is novice reduction.