Monday, December 11, 2017

Student input vital in education

One of the curious things in education is while we tend to seek input from educators, parents and community members when making policy decisions, we don’t always seek input from those who are affected most by those decisions – the students.

Counselors play vital role in preparing children for life

The role of the school counselor has changed pretty dramatically since most of us were in school. At the Kentucky Department of Education, we realize the important role that counselors play in each and every school.

Kentucky’s new accountability system designed to push education forward

After almost two years, more than 20 town hall meetings and thousands of public comments, Kentucky finally has a new accountability system and it is one of which we all should be proud.

Meeting the mental and emotional needs of children

While we – as educators and parents – often talk about academic achievement, it’s not the only concern I have as Kentucky's commissioner of education. We need to begin talking more often about the social and emotional health of our students

Embracing new opportunities

With the start of the new school year just around the corner, now is a great time for both parents and community members to get involved in their local schools.

How KDE is staying busy during the summer months

As an educator, the one question I hear more than almost any other is, “Do you get the summers off?” In a word, no.

Effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt discusses effective mental health prevention and intervention approaches and resources for the K-12 system.

Kentucky’s English and mathematics standards up for feedback

This summer, we are working on the standards for both English/language arts (E/LA) and mathematics. Please take some time and give us your thoughts on our draft standards and let us know how they can be improved.

Taking your place at the table

It is Teacher Appreciation Week – a time that should be celebrated on the highest levels, but is often overlooked. So, if you will...

Ensuring a strong public education system is top priority

Commissioner Pruitt shares his thoughts about the implications of House Bill 520, which was signed into law in March and gives local school boards and the mayors of Lexington and Louisville the authority to authorize charter schools.