Friday, December 6, 2019
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.
Students tour the formal garden at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

Ashland offers variety of resources for new social studies standards

Young Kentuckians of today are about to become very familiar with Kentuckians of the past. The new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies incorporates Kentucky studies throughout a student's primary and secondary education.
Stacy Crawford Bewley

Using explicit instruction to accelerate student learning

No matter what grade or subject we teach, our time with students is short. To optimize that time, we need to become masterful in the implementation and monitoring of evidence-based practices. For students with disabilities, we have to do even more to accelerate their learning.
Melanie Callahan uses a puppet theater production of the book "Bear Feels Sick" by Karma Wilson during a creative dramatics class at Laurel County public schools.

Storytelling: Filling gaps with narrative

Storytelling is an ancient practice. From cave dwellers to Cub Scout circles, the stories spun around a fire still burn today.
Michael Rodenberg

Bus to Business creates an opportunity for students to ‘Go and See’

The challenge of connecting with potential employees often emerges when business leaders talk about the workforce. I too have questioned, how can we let young people know what modern manufacturing – or other vocations – offer in job variety, pay, advancement and other opportunities?
Melanie Callahan

London Elementary building a brand with Tippy the Tiger

London Elementary School (Laurel County) students are in for a terrific treat this year. Students in pre-K through 5th grade are being introduced to a reboot of their Positive Behavioral Intervention System mascot, Tippy the Tiger.
Claire Gwaltney

Museum resources for the social studies classroom

The new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies look very different from the old ones. Perhaps the most notable change is the new emphasis on Kentucky studies, a subject once relegated to 4th grade but now addressed in every K-12 classroom.
Torri Lee Martin

PD for you and me

Jefferson County's Torri Lee Martin says using the workshop model for professional development can lead to more effective learning and more satisfied teachers.
Leigh Cocanougher

How environmental education can lead to novice reduction

The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education's Leigh Cocanougher explains how environmental education may be a tool to help reduce the number of students scoring Novice on statewide testing.