Friday, August 14, 2020
Jennifer Howard, right, helps students in her geometry class at Magoffin County High School. With the proposed Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES), she said she is working on telling less and questioning more. Photo by Amy Wallot, Jan. 9, 2013

Reflective practice, professional growth a cyclical path to improvement in PGES

Teachers’ self-reflection and professional growth plans work together in PGES.
Eighth-grade student Abbi Gullett writes an informative piece about irony during Michelle Devine's language arts class at North Washington Elementary School (Washington County). Last year students filled out a survey and revealed that most found Devine’s class challenging but didn’t feel like they had a lot of choice.

Student voice: ‘It’s not a popularity contest’

Student survey responses are a valuable way for teachers to reflect on their effectiveness.
Kentucky Education Association Executive Director Mary Ann Blankenship and Office of Next-Generation Learners Associate Commissioner Felicia Cumings Smith discuss teacher evaluations as part of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) with the Kentucky Board of Education. Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 4, 2013

Teacher evaluations, funding need explained at state board meeting

Proposed Professional Growth and Effectiveness System designed to identify teachers who need more support and get them that support.
Assistant General Counsel David Wickersham, acting director of the Division of Next Generation Professionals Amanda Ellis, Associate Commissioner Felicia Cumings Smith and staff assistant Robin Chandler discuss changes in the evaluation guidelines of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System during the Kentucky Board of Education meeting. Photo by Amy Wallot, Feb. 5, 2013

KBE reviews educator effectiveness model, names new districts of innovation

Plans for a statewide system of evaluation for Kentucky certified educators culminated in a discussion before the Kentucky Board of Education at its meeting...

Student voice offers valuable feedback to teachers

By Joseph Harris Joseph.harris@lawrence.kyschools.us As most Kentucky teachers know, a student voice survey is administered once a year as part of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness...

What happens when we connect?

By Brad Clark brad.clark@woodford.kyschools.us There are more than 42,000 teachers in the commonwealth. If 25 percent of Kentucky teachers were connected, engaged in the meaningful work...
Amber Hayes teaches 2nd-grade students how to graph information at Indian Hills Elementary School (Christian County). Hayes likes how PGES helps with goal setting and fostering conversations with administrators.

Field test participants overwhelmingly support PGES

Teachers and principals who participated in last year’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System field test overwhelmingly support it.

How can teacher leaders respond to testing fatigue?

By Sarah Yost, NBCT sarah.yost@jefferson.kyschools.us When A Nation at Risk was published in 1983, the American education system seemed to be shaken awake from the dreamy...
Paris High School (Paris Independent) Principal Jamie Dailey, right, talks with Chief Academic Officer Clay Goode.

Teachers, principals have to help each other succeed in PGES

Principals will succeed in the new Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System only if they help teachers help students succeed.

Problem-based learning and PGES

By Lindsey Childers lindsey.childers@trigg.kyschools.us Imagine a classroom that centers on discovery – a classroom that allows students to act as teachers and use the skills they...