Thursday, February 21, 2019
Jessica Dueñas, of Oldham County Middle School, was named as the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Frankfort May 15. Tiffany Marsh, left, of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County), was named the 2019 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. NyRee Clayton-Taylor, right, of Phillis Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County), was named the 2019 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 15, 2018

Nominations open for 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards.
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KDE moving toward update of performance standards for principals

The Commissioner’s Principal Advisory Council has recommended adoption of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders for evaluation of effective principals.
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Lewis begins series of monthly school visits and stakeholder discussions

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis will begin a monthly series of visits to Kentucky area technology centers , high, middle and elementary schools across the state.
Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Ambassador Initiative Jan. 13. Participating student groups from public schools, faith-based organizations or nonprofit organizations will perform an education-related community service project over the remainder of the school year. In March, the student groups will submit a video and any supporting materials highlighting their project, including its impact. Commissioner Lewis will select five groups that made the largest local impact and invite them to an awards luncheon in April. Submitted photo

Commissioner Lewis announces Student Ambassador Initiative

In a news conference on Jan. 13, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis issued a call to action to student-based organizations across the Commonwealth, asking them to participate in a new initiative aimed at promoting the importance of education.
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KDE and KYStats launch school proficiency dashboard

The Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Statistics, has launched the Kentucky School Proficiency Dashboard, a web-based tool that compares proficiency levels of Kentucky schools and districts.
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Nominations sought for Robinson, Grissom awards

The Kentucky Board of Education is accepting nominations for the Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award and the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award.
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KDE releases dyslexia toolkit for families, educators

The Kentucky Department of Education has developed the “Kindergarten to Grade 3 Dyslexia Toolkit” in response to The Ready to Read Act (House Bill 187, 2018).
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Commissioner extends deadline for JCPS to fill special education position

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has extended the deadline for Jefferson County Public Schools to hire a chief for exceptional child education services.
Members of the Kentucky Department of Education's Social Studies Advisory Panel discuss feedback on the proposed social studies standards revisions during a meeting in Frankfort. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 11, 2018

Advisory panel responds to feedback on proposed social studies standards

KDE’s Social Studies Advisory Panel met this week to consider a charge from the Kentucky Board of Education to address concerns about specificity that emerged from feedback on the standards.
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KBE approves high school graduation requirement proposal

In a unanimous vote Dec. 5, the Kentucky Board of Education approved changes to the regulation on minimum graduation requirements for Kentucky students entering high school in 2019 and 2020.