Friday, April 10, 2020
Erin Ball, Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Why teach?

Scott County's Erin Ball, the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, shares what brought her into the teaching profession and why she believes it's a rewarding field.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 20 letter to families

As the first week of school closures due to the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 draws to a close, I want to thank you all for the changes in schedules and sacrifices you have had to make to help keep our students and communities safe.
Among the traveling exhibits provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is "Hamilton," which details Alexander Hamilton’s role in laying the foundation for today’s financial system. Photo submitted

Cleveland Fed offers resources on personal finance, economics, social studies

Field trips to learn about money. Traveling exhibits about history. Classroom activities on economics and financial literacy. These are just a few of the free resources – aligned with educational standards – that the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offers to educators, libraries, community organizations and museums.
Students from Floyd Central High School (Floyd County) take part in an interactive music experience at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Photo submitted

Building community through inquiry: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

With inquiry at its core, the new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies seek to empower students to think critically and to become active participants in the learning process. By incorporating inquiry-based learning, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is encouraging students to engage in open dialogue with both the teacher and classmates in a formal setting.
Aaron Thompson

Black History Month is urgent reminder to close Kentucky’s achievement gaps

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month because of the efforts of a Berea College graduate, Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was a prominent African American scholar and historian who started his higher education career as a part-time student at Berea.
Molly Greer

A vocabulary based solution for all learners

Former Boone and Oldham County teacher Molly Greer shares how she used functional vocabulary boards to help her students become more verbal.
Maria Derivan-George

Student work: How to get the results you want and know it

Since 2009, the Literacy Design Collaborative has been partnering with Kentucky teachers to create rigorous, authentic to the discipline, writing-in-response to reading assignments.
Amanda Klare

Using social media to lift other teachers up

Teachers should be supporting other teachers; not competing against one another or trying to outdo the person in the classroom down the hall. We should be sharing our ideas, celebrating one another’s successes and trying to lift one another up when we are down.
Melanie Callahan

Early Literacy: Beyond bells and whistles

Early literacy is a crucial step in overcoming learning gaps and propelling students toward proficiency. From pre-K to kindergarten, families and schools are on...

An open letter about vaping

We are writing to share important educational information and links to resources for school administrators, teachers, parents and students about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use and vaping.