Commissioner’s Comments

Appreciating teachers is a full-year commitment

The first full week of May means Teacher Appreciation Week; a week dedicated to honoring our educators and the major role they play in the lives of our children. National Teacher Day on May 7 is an opportunity for us to lift teachers up and commend them for the hard work and sacrifices they make to ensure the next generation is well-educated.

By |May 1, 2024|

Celebrating our future educators with Educators Rising

One of the toughest challenges we face in the education world is finding young people who have the drive, determination and enthusiasm to enter the teaching field. Every school leader knows just how difficult it can be to find high-quality educators to fill the various roles we have.

By |April 2, 2024|

STLP competition to bring students together to find modern technology solutions

One of the most exciting events the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) puts on every year is the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship, where thousands of students from across the Commonwealth will convene in Lexington to compete against each other in an effort to use modern technology to solve issues in today’s society.

By |March 1, 2024|

KDE’s role in the General Assembly’s 2024 regular session

For those of us who work in state government, you will hear us talk about the first few months of a new year being a busy time due to the General Assembly being in session. This year is what is known as a long session, where the legislators will create the next two-year budget.

By |February 1, 2024|

Giving thanks this November

November is often considered as a month of thankfulness. With Thanksgiving and the official start of the holiday season, November is a good time to remember all of the positive things that have happened in our lives.

By |November 2, 2023|

Giving thanks for my time in Kentucky

As you may be aware, I have provided notice to the Kentucky Board of Education that I will be stepping down at the end of September to become the associate vice president of teaching and learning at Western Michigan University. This transition generates several different emotions for me, but I am choosing to focus on perhaps the strongest one – gratitude.

By |September 1, 2023|
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