Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Professional learning needs to align with students’ specific needs

Summer is a time for family fun, travel, and relaxation. Many of us look forward to these months of putting aside all our teaching...
Stacy Crawford Bewley

Essential questions to enhance student engagement

While lesson planning, classroom management and mastery of content are significant at every level, I think most teachers would agree that student engagement is the key ingredient to the perfect school day.
Sheri A. Rhodes

Meeting the needs of gifted students in mixed-ability classrooms

Jefferson County's Sheri A. Rhodes said she felt like she was failing her gifted students because so much of her time was being spent on students who were below grade level, but then she discovered how differentiated instruction could help everyone in her classroom.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

High-quality instructional resources matter

All of us at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) are committed to the core values of equity, achievement, collaboration and integrity. These are the values that drive our work day after day.
Graphic reading: From the desk of the commissioner, An update from Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.

Talking with Students About Jan. 6, 2021

Throughout the course of my education career, I have engaged in numerous discussions on how and if schools should discuss and teach controversial topics with students.

Communication/social needs important considerations in placement decisions

As I end my 18th year as a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children, I have seen students educated in a wide...
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.
Stephen Pruitt

All students deserve opportunities to find their passion

A trip to the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s State Marching Band Championships got me thinking about how important opportunity is for all of our students.

A special education teacher’s personal journey of discovery

Rowan County’s Allison Slone shares how her son’s diagnosis shaped her view of how teachers are being prepared.
Students in Whitney McWhorter’s class at Lemons Mill Elementary (Scott County) explain the responsibilities of employees serving on a marketing team. Over five weeks, the entire 2nd-grade class at the school divided into teams, such as accounting and marketing, to create a new business. Their pop-up businesses were showcased at the school's Exhibition Night in late March. Submitted photo by Rebecca Powell

Second-graders learn how to create a business

What happens when you combine six creative teachers, 150 enthusiastic 2nd-graders and a desire for project-based learning? You get six totally amazing and highly successful businesses!