Thursday, July 9, 2020

To “Think Anew…One Day at a Time”

In his second annual message to Congress in December 1862 Abraham Lincoln wrote, “The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise...

‘Our success, and our students’, depends upon our ability to adapt and grow.’

Last month, I was in Frankfort serving as Grand Marshal in Governor Steve Beshear’s inaugural parade. I was honored to represent Kentucky teachers on...

An open letter to Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education

Dear Commissioner, It’s good to be back in the Bluegrass! I just returned from Dallas, where I participated in the Council of Chief State School...

Beyond Appreciation

I recently returned from “Washington Recognition Week” in our nation’s capital and all I can say is that I wish every teacher across Kentucky could be doted on as I and my fellow State Teachers of the Year were during this week.
Kristal Doolin

Something to be thankful for this holiday season

This is a unique time of year. As I write this article, we are in the midst of Thanksgiving and heading toward the Christmas...

Creating Ripples

Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Kristal Doolin, recently spoke to a group of pre-service teachers and shared advice as they prepare to enter the...

Collaboration, not competition, will lead to student success

Over the past few months, I’ve grown pretty accustomed to phone interviews. I’ve also discovered an interesting phenomenon that typically occurs during these interviews....
Kristal Doolin

National Board Certification Impact and Rewards Continue a Decade Later

If you haven’t considered National Board Certification, I encourage you to take those first steps. I’m sure you have heard that it is difficult, but learning about the process and programs that are out there to support you before beginning can make a difference.
Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Joshua Underwood gives instructions to juniors Megan Huber and Amanda Lee during chemistry class at Mason County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, Jan. 9, 2015

Podcasts offer wealth of inspiration for teachers

By Joshua Underwood Being a teacher is often as much about being an entertainer as it is being a conveyor of knowledge. We have to...

True learning is not measured only with a bubble sheet

A minute per question. That’s the time I was given to answer 120 multiple-choice questions on my Praxis test this morning.