Sunday, December 15, 2019
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Proposed graduation requirements offer flexibility, accountability

Does handing a diploma to a high school graduate mean that he or she is ready to succeed in the next phase of life? Under Kentucky’s current graduation requirements, the answer is no, which is why I believe now is the time for us to make significant revisions to our requirements.
Bridget Powell

Educators can make a difference in mental health of students

Marshall County's Bridget Powell says teachers have a key role to play in helping their students become more resilient and develop good decision-making skills.
Jessica Dueñas

Preparing to build relationships and character

Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, shares how she spent her summer preparing herself to be the type of leader she wants her students to be at the new W.E.B. DuBois Academy.
NyRee Clayton-Taylor

Hip-hop into learning

Jefferson County's NyRee Clayton-Taylor shares how she used hip-hop based education to find a new way to reach her students.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

The path to state management and assistance is not short

Following my recommendation to place Jefferson County Public Schools in state management, some school leaders, teachers and parents outside Louisville have asked “will our district be next?” The simple answer is “no,”
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Holding education to a higher standard

There are a few things that I consider non-negotiable when talking about education in Kentucky.
Kate Fryar

Teaching teamwork through TV

Boyle County's Kate Fryar helped her 9th-grade students learn how to communicate and work together by getting them to create and film a TV pilot.
Stephanie Beason

Untapped potential: Identifying gifted minority students

Warren County's Stephanie Beason says educators, schools and districts need to take extra steps when identifying students who could be best served in a gifted program to make sure they are not overlooking children due to their background or home lives.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Public charter schools: An additional tool for improving public education

Traditional public schools have been and will continue to be the primary vehicle for delivering instruction to our students, but public charter schools may provide a much-needed opportunity for a high-quality education for some of our Commonwealth's most at-risk children.
Joshua DeWar

Schools are calling: Males wanted

Nelson County's Joshua DeWar says educators need to make sure children have a variety of role models at schools, which includes recruiting more males at the elementary level.