Friday, May 7, 2021
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Celebrate yourself during Teacher Appreciation Week

Remember sitting in your undergraduate education classes, being bombarded with hypothetical situations to play out in your mind? That was scary. There were lots of things that made us think, “Is that really going to happen?” We had no idea what we were in for.
David Cook

Rethinking education: How am I smart?

In 2018, I had the good fortune of hearing a young man named Jemar Lee speak at the annual symposium of what is now called the Aurora Institute. At the time, Jemar was a student at Iowa Big, a leading learner-centered high school. Today, Jemar is a fellow with Education Reimagined, a national leader in learner-centered education and someone I’m proud to call friend.
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What I’m most grateful for as a teacher in 2020

Erlanger-Elsmere Independent's Amanda Bell shares what she's been thankful for as a teacher for the 2020 school year.
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Americans have been learning skills to help them through the pandemic for over 75...

For many, it has taken a global pandemic to remind them of the importance of basic life skills. With restaurants closed and stay-at-home mandates, a growing number of adults have turned to online tutorials, social media recipes, and family and friends to learn basic life skills.
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My take on work-life balance as a teacher

Kenton County's Allison Stacy shares how she structures her classroom hours to ensure she keeps her time on the weekends for her family.
Aaron Thompson

An Open Letter to the Class of 2020

As the head of public higher education in Kentucky, I’m usually asked to deliver at least one commencement address each May. If I were giving one this year, I’d probably start by offering both my congratulations and condolences.
Erin Ball, Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Dear Kentucky teachers, you’re doing a great job

In honor of the 2020 National Teacher Appreciation Week, Kentucky Teacher of the Year Erin Ball sends an open letter to all of the Commonwealth's educators to thank them for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lauren Shackleford

Adapting and learning, but anxiously awaiting a return to a new normal

Corbin High School's Lauren Shackleford writes about how she is looking forward to reaching the new normal and moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Damien Sweeney

We are all feeling a range of emotions at this time

COVID-19 is a global crisis. All of us have experienced a variety of emotions during this time. These feelings may continue for quite some time.
Sarah Davenport

And then suddenly … everything changed due to COVID-19

Fleming County's Sarah Davenport shares how COVID-19 impacted her senior year and she learned to cope with the changes.