Sunday, July 5, 2020
Felicia Cumings Smith

Commissioner Candidate Profile – Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith

Felicia Cumings Smith, Ed. D., has spent almost her entire career in Kentucky education, starting as an elementary and reading resource teacher in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), where today she serves as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.
Jason Glass

Commissioner Candidate Profile – Dr. Jason Glass

A native Kentuckian, Dr. Jason Glass grew up in Brandenburg in a family deeply involved in Kentucky public education.
Julian Vasquez Heilig

Commissioner Candidate Profile – Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

He’s been dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky for a year, but Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig traveled a long road as an academic and practitioner to get there.
Students at Huntertown Elementary School work around a table in 2019.

KDE releases toolkit to assist schools in helping students cope with trauma

The Kentucky Department of Education released three guidance and resource documents on July 1 as part of a “Trauma-Informed Toolkit” to assist schools with their approach in helping students cope with trauma.
2020 Commissioner Search: Jason Glass, Ph.D.; Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D.; ad Felicia Cumings Smith, Ed.D.

Three candidates named in Kentucky’s education commissioner search

The Kentucky Board of Education on July 1 released the names of three candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next commissioner of education.
Special Superintendents' Webcast: June 30, 2020

COVID-19 measures temporary but vital, KDE officials tell superintendents

The vital importance of wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart and tailoring ways for local school districts to meet those goals dominated the Special Superintendents’ Webcast on June 30.
Education Continuation Task Force Virtual Meeting: June 29, 2020

First KDE advisory group offers feedback on Healthy at School guidance

On June 29, the Education Continuation Task Force became the first of the Kentucky Department of Education’s advisory groups to provide feedback on the document.
Considerations for Reopening Schools: Completion of CTE Industry Certifications and Lab-Based Dual Credit Coursework and Facilities and Logistics

KDE releases new reopening guidance for school facilities, CTE centers

The Kentucky Department of Education released two new guidance documents on June 29 on logistics and facility considerations when schools reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans for reopening career and technical education (CTE) centers.
Fort Thomas Independent Superintendent Sharon Cheser shared this picture on her Twitter account from parent Nadeeka Abeysinghe about the first NTI day in the district, with her students hard at work.

Kentucky’s NTI student participation rates show engagement during pandemic

Kentucky school districts saw an average student participation rate of 92% in the first week of using non-traditional instruction (NTI) after school buildings were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and an average of 91% in the last week that all 172 districts were using NTI.
A student at Peaks Mill Elementary School (Franklin County) eats lunch in early March.

USDA grants food service waivers for the 2020-2021 school year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted waivers for participants of the Federal Child Nutrition Programs for the 2020-2021 school year.