Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Contests

KET Young Writers Contest expands to add grades, writing options

The KET Young Writers Contest invites students to share their stories through illustrations, short stories and poems. The contest is open to students in all grades and is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning and to empower children to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing their own stories.
Learning

Essential instructional practices in early literacy

Amid all the rhetoric, how do you choose solid instructional practices to improve the literacy skills of students in your classroom?
Spanish teacher Rachel Medina teaching students Abby Sadler, right, and Jayda Robertson. Medina’s Spanish class learned real-world language skills this year by putting a new spin on traditional fairy tales or writing new ones. Sadler volunteered the idea of sending the books to Norton’s Children’s Clinic in Louisville to fill a need. While there often are books in doctor’s offices, seldom are they in Spanish. Submitted photo by Kate Boyle

Teaching writing by finding meaning

Franklin County's Rachel Medina helped her Spanish students with their presentational writing skills by getting them to write original children's stories or adapt an existing one with a new twist.
Teresa Rogers

How books can provide help for the hurting

By Teresa Rogers teresa.rogers@education.ky.gov According to the 2015 Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, more than half (59 percent) of Kentucky residents have experienced at least one...

On teaching writing – Part I

If we are to empower our students to become good writers, we must move beyond our former feelings of inadequacy as writers and teach our students how to communicate in a written format.
Announcements

Proposals sought for English teachers’ conference

The Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts is accepting proposals for its annual conference Feb. 23-24 at Embassy Suites Lexington.
Conferences

Workshop combines literacy, humane education

A workshop for teachers on infusing literacy curriculum with humane education content will be April 7 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

Shelby County paving the way in creating thinkers through annotating

For the past five years, through a collaboration among Shelby County public schools, the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative and the Public Education Business Coalition of Denver, teachers in the OVEC region have been able to access professional learning on annotating.
Spotlight

Feedback: An ever-evolving art

KDE's Teresa Rogers explains how teachers need to ensure their feedback is manageable, clear and equitable to help their students improve.
Learning

Keys to an effective writing program

During the past two years, literacy consultants serving on the Writing Program Review team at the Kentucky Department of Education had the opportunity to visit schools to observe writing programs and provide feedback for next steps.