Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Neighborhood children enjoy a free, nutritious meal as part of the statewide Summer Food Service Program. To locate an SFSP feeding site, call the National Hunger Hotline at (866) 3HUNGRY or (866) 348-6479. Meals also can be located by texting "Food" to 877-877. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 15, 2017

Summer Food Service Program Summit scheduled

Organizations from around the state will meet on Feb. 13 to discuss ways to alleviate child hunger during the summer months. The Summer Meals Summit will be held from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville.
Commissioner Stephen Pruitt speaks to the Kentucky Board of Education during the February board meeting. Pruitt unveiled a plan to close achievement gaps, calling the plan KIDS(S). The plan focuses on K-3 literacy, individualized instruction and assessment, diploma requirements, student success at postsecondary, and the social and emotional well-being of students. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Feb. 7, 2018

Pruitt unveils five-point plan aimed at bolstering student achievement

At the Kentucky Board of Education meeting on Feb. 7, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt outlined his plan for moving Kentucky education forward.

Two Kentucky schools named National Title 1 Distinguished Schools

The National Title I Association will honor two Kentucky schools as 2017 National Title I Distinguished Schools on Feb. 9 during the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia.

Free summer meals may have homegrown flavor

Free summer meals served to children across the state may be home grown – at least in part – with new incentives to serve fruits and vegetables produced in the Bluegrass State.

Kentuckians asked to wear blue/orange for Marshall County on Friday

In memory of the victims of last week’s Marshall Co. school shooting and in honor of the staff and students at Marshall County High School, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is asking Kentuckians statewide to wear the school’s colors of blue and orange on Friday, Feb. 2.

Feedback and teacher participation sought on social studies standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the current social studies standards.
(From left) Belinda Raye Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year from Sherman Elementary (Grant County); Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year from Randall K. Cooper High School (Boone County); Jennifer Meo-Sexton, the 2018 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year from Bondurant Middle School (Franklin County) and Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt pose for a photo after the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ceremony in the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 16, 2017

Nominations open for 2019 Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened the nomination process for the 2019 awards.
Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, left, and Fayette County Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk speak with Brooke Powers after she was named as a 2017-18 Milken Educator Award winner. Powers, a 7th-grade math teacher and math department chair at Beaumont Middle School, is the only Milken Award winner from Kentucky this year, and is among just 44 honorees for 2017-18. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 9, 2018

Fayette County’s Brooke Powers earns $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Pop Quiz: When is 1 equal to 1.5 or 2? When Brooke Powers is your math teacher, because her students at Beaumont Middle School (Fayette County) show 1.5 to two years growth in math progress per year.

KDE releases New Skills for Youth request for applications

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the New Skills for Youth Round 2 Request for Applications.

Kentucky’s accountability plan moving through review process

Kentucky’s plan for implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act has taken a step forward in the process toward approval.