Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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.

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...
Central Academy (Henderson County) teacher Jo Morris says taking part in the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System field test has helped her ensure her students’ needs are met throughout the year and made her a better teacher. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2013

PGES asks teachers to be SMART about student growth goals

Teachers will not have to change much about how they measure student growth under the proposed PGES.
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.

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...

It comes down to trust

By Sarah Yost, NBCT Sarah.yost@jefferson.kyschools.us For two years, I’ve served my school in the hybrid role of teacher and lead teacher for English/language arts. I teach...
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.
Third-grade teacher Jennifer Maddox helps Kaitlyn Layer follow the directions while folding a paper airplane at Perryvillle Elementary School (Boyle County). Maddox was teaching about technical procedures. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 25, 2014

Taking what’s there and making it stronger

Assessing current procedures leads to ‘game-changing’ success with PGES.

Time to put assessment at forefront of our thinking

By Natalie McCutchen, Mike Stacy and Brad Clark Across the state, self-reflective teachers and supportive administrators are building communities of practice where all stakeholders are...