Saturday, October 16, 2021
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Reflecting on the past and looking toward the future

I marked my one-year anniversary at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Education last month with a trip to Meade County, the school district I graduated from more years ago than I like to admit.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Student drawings show why teacher diversity matters in Kentucky

About a year ago, someone from the Kentucky Education Association reached out to our office and asked if we would like to display the drawings our public school students did as part of their Difference Makers Art Contest. As those drawings were recently being taken down, it got me thinking about how they connect to the department’s efforts on teacher diversity and teacher recruitment.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

KDE remains committed to promoting student voice in education

There’s a phrase you may hear in education circles – particularly in Kentucky – called student voice. Student voice is the idea that students should have some say about how their education takes place.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Creating a new better than normal for Kentucky’s students

The 2021-2022 school year is set to start up in just a few weeks and many of us – educators and parents alike – are contemplating what the next year will look like.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Next steps on the way to building a stronger education system in Kentucky

By now, you’ve hopefully heard about the Commissioner’s Virtual Listening Tour. For more than a month, I led a series of virtual town halls in conjunction with the education cooperatives and the University of Kentucky’s College of Education to hear directly from parents, students, educators and community members about what is and isn’t working in Kentucky’s education system.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Don’t forget to #ThankATeacher to show your appreciation this May

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 3-7. This year’s theme is #ThankATeacher. I am thankful every day for the teachers who have helped and inspired me along the way.
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.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Teach a child, change a life

I like to say that people who are drawn to becoming teachers generally have a calling. That got me thinking; why do we often call teaching a calling?
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What equality and equity means to me

When Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass called me last year to ask if I would become Kentucky’s first chief equity officer, it was one of the greatest honors of my career.
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.