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There were 120 Kentucky students who attended the Governor’s Schools for Entrepreneurs (GSE) this summer and participated in an opportunity to pitch their business startup ideas at two competitive Demo Days on June 26 and July 24 at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). GSE was split into two sessions that ran from June 6-26 and July 5-24.
Six Kentucky educators have been selected as state finalists and are now eligible to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) award, the nation’s highest honor for U.S. K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers.
Twenty-two Kentucky schools are being recognized by the College Board for expanding young women’s access to computer science in 2020.
The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) provides information technology services for state government agencies. A few years ago, COT management decided they needed to look into alternative methods for talent development to combat turnover.
Kentucky FFA was well represented at the 93rd Annual National FFA Convention, held virtually Oct. 27-29. More than 100,000 FFA members, advisers and supporters registered for the event, which also was broadcast live on RFD TV.
In his first meeting with the Superintendents Advisory Council on Sept. 28, Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass held a virtual question-and-answer session to allow members to ask questions of him and KDE and to better get to know members and their districts.
For Mark Thomas, the new superintendent of Todd County Schools, education is a family focus. One of his daughters is a Bullitt County high school English teacher. Another is headed for the University of Louisville (UofL). And his stepdaughter is about to start her junior year at Western Kentucky University (WKU).
The Kentucky Department of Education’s Superintendents Advisory Council held its virtual meeting on June 22 and much like previous advisory council meetings convened by the department, the primary focus remained on reopening schools in the fall.
In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve students with a variety of learning needs, the Kentucky Department of Education has named 11 Alternative Programs of Distinction.