Thursday, May 25, 2017
(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

Kellie Clark named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone County, is the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt speaks at a May 15 news conference at which he detailed the schedule for review and revision of Kentucky’s Academic Standards. English/language arts and mathematics standards are currently online and open for public comment. Current standards will remain in place until new or revised standards are adopted. Photo by Mike Marsee, May 15, 2017

Academic standards review and revision process moves forward

The Kentucky Department of Education is moving forward with the review and revision process for academic standards in English/language arts and mathematics.
Adam Ruschival gives a speech after being awarded the 2017 Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award at the Kentucky School for the Blind 175th Anniversary Founder's Day Dinner. Ruschival graduated from KSB in 1965 and returned to the school as the program manager of the Kentucky Instructional Materials Resource Center in 1987, where he stayed until his retirement in 2004. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 9, 2017

Kentucky School for the Blind announces Langan Award

The Kentucky School for the Blind presented the Paul J. Langan Distinguished Service Award to Adam Charles Ruschival III during its 175th Celebration Dinner and Founder's Day Program at the school’s Louisville campus May 9.

Lt. Gov. Hampton launches Bluegrass Book Buddies

The Bluegrass Book Buddies is an initiative inviting Kentuckians of all ages to try reading in a fresh way through meaningful community and shared experience.

Lexington school named national Green Ribbon winner

A Kentucky public elementary school is among 64 schools, districts and postsecondary institutions nationwide recognized for focusing their students on sustaining the environment and promoting personal health and wellness as a part of their everyday lives.

Semifinalists named for 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and ValvolineTM announced.
Students from Breckinridge County Area Technology Center present Kentucky Department of Education logos made of wood and aluminum to the Kentucky Board of Education at its meeting in Frankfort on April 12. Pictured, from left, are (seated) Luke Mattingly, Zane Denner, Hunter Robinson, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, Clayton Thompson, Coy Mattingly, Michael Nash, (standing) principal Jonathan Bennett, carpentry instructor Will Farmer, Ebonee East, CNC instructor Dean Monarch, Dalton Shepard, Jonathan Embry, Branden Kiper, Nathan Patterson, Wyatt Lucas, Austin Norton, Nathan Douglas, Nicholas Stinson and Kentucky Board of Education Chairman William Twyman. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 12, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education updated on new laws

At its regularly scheduled April meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education received an update on new education laws passed by the 2017 General Assembly. House Bill 520 allows non-religious public charter schools for the first time in Kentucky. Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said work has already started at the Kentucky Department of Education to prepare for the establishment of charters.

Two organizations receive Robinson Award

At its April 12 meeting in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to co-winners – Kentucky Educational Television and the YMCA of Central Kentucky.

Kentucky Board of Education discusses new accountability system

At a work session on April 11, the Kentucky Board of Education took a deeper dive into the various components of a new accountability system.

24 educators chosen for Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Valvoline have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2018 Valvoline Teacher...