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Menifee Central transformed into family friendly school

A lifelong resident of eastern Kentucky, I reside in beautiful Menifee County nestled between Cave Run Lake and the Red River Gorge. I have spent the last 16 years of my career working in education in my hometown to try to identify ways I can serve my school and my community.

By |2022-10-31T10:34:58-04:00November 3, 2022|

How Deep is Their Learning?

Deeper learning. It is a current flashpoint in education. The term is misused and misunderstood, and often results in a focus on the learning experience itself rather than the learning. This is particularly interesting to me recently as I’ve been looking at “learning” in the context of how we use the word.

By |2022-09-08T15:20:43-04:00September 8, 2022|

It’s Time To Help the Helpers

“Look for the helpers,” is sound advice we have come to rely on in the aftermath of tragedy. The phrase originated from Nancy McFeely Rogers, but her words were later popularized by her son, Fred Rogers, in his book, “Mister Rogers Talks with Parents.”

By |2022-09-08T10:16:42-04:00September 8, 2022|

As Perry County looks to recover from flooding, ‘staying together’ is key

Two weeks ago, our eastern Kentucky community was devastated by flash flooding. Perry County suffered damage that was both unprecedented and shocking. No loss is greater than the loss of a family member, especially those taken far too early. Our thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with those who suffered the greatest loss.

By |2022-08-11T10:56:01-04:00August 11, 2022|

Becoming a certified Family Friendly School

As a principal who grounds her work in leading a school that is a model of inclusivity, I know that optimal student success in achievement, engagement and sense of belonging occurs when there is a strong partnership between home and school.

By |2022-10-04T12:14:08-04:00July 25, 2022|

Now is the time for innovation in higher education

In his famous 1961 “moon shot” speech, President John F. Kennedy told Congress, “Now it is time to take longer strides, time for a great new American enterprise, time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth.”

By |2022-06-28T16:35:25-04:00June 28, 2022|

What is a portrait of a learner?

As schools transitioned away from the high-stakes accountability environment of No Child Left Behind in 2015, many Kentucky schools and districts began a journey toward deeper, more personalized learning as a path to equity for ALL learners.

By |2022-05-25T12:49:14-04:00May 31, 2022|
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