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Cody Smith may be graduating from Barren County High School this year, but if everything goes according to plan, he'll be back in Kentucky public schools soon.
On March 4, Gov. Andy Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass and other state education leaders announced the relaunch of the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching (KAET), a statewide initiative to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce of teachers.
Erin Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School (Scott County), recently began a semester-long ambassadorship with the Kentucky Department of Education. During this time, one of her goals is focusing on teacher recruitment – specifically minority teachers.
Citing both a national and statewide teacher shortage, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced a new campaign and website to recruit and inspire the next generation of educators.
There is no greater education equity issue in Kentucky than ensuring every public school student in Kentucky has a highly-qualified and effective teacher. But as we continue to build our teacher workforce around effectiveness, we also must be attuned to building a workforce that is more reflective of the incredible diversity of Kentucky students and communities.
The Kentucky Department of Education has extended the deadline for teaching students to apply for the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching, a renewable loan forgiveness program designed to identify and prepare effective, experienced and diverse public educators in the Commonwealth.
In a news conference on Jan. 24, the Kentucky Department of Education announced the launch of the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching, a renewable loan forgiveness program designed to identify and prepare effective, experienced and diverse public educators in the Commonwealth.