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Ron Daley: KCEV hosts educators from across country at K-12 Micro-Credentials Summit

Over 120 K-12 educators from Maine to California attended the National Summit on Micro-Credentials in Hazard May 23. The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) hosted the summit with national speakers on the emerging field of micro-credentials for personalized professional learning for teachers and educational leaders. Crowd of educators at National Summit on Micro-credentials in Hazard (Photo...

Jerry E. Baker Foundation commits $10 million endowment for student scholarships at WKU

The Jerry E. Baker Foundation, established through the estate of Jerry E. Baker, a generous longtime supporter of Western Kentucky University, has pledged a $10 million endowment for student scholarships. Annual investment earnings from the endowment will be gifted to WKU to enhance the Jerry E. Baker Student Scholarship Fund, which was initially created through a direct bequest by Baker. The scholarship...

Paul Laurence Dunbar media program wins national recognition for excellence in scholastic journalism

PLD Lamplighter, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s media program, has won numerous awards and achieved national recognition for excellence in scholastic journalism in 2017-18. Highlights include Best High School News Website in the 2018 Mark of Excellence competition, Distinguished Site status from School Newspapers Online (the only Kentucky school to receive this honor), a gold medal from the...

Eastern Kentucky University earns bronze STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability efforts

One of Patrick McKee’s goals, when he became sustainability manager at Eastern Kentucky University in 2015, was to help the institution receive a STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Mission accomplished. In recognition of its sustainability achievements, EKU recently received a Bronze rating from AASHE and is one of only 299 schools worldwide...

Tates Creek teacher proves value of ‘smarts’ with runner-up finish in ‘Jeopardy!’ Teachers Tournament

Latin teacher Claire Bishop knew the check was in the mail long before fans knew the outcome of the 2018 “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament, and her prize arrived via FedEx the same day that everyone learned she finished as runner-up with a guaranteed $50,000. While she was thrilled with the game-show experience, Bishop brought home much more to share.  “‘Jeopardy!’ rewards people for being...

Retired EKU professor earns fourth Fulbright Scholar Award, travels to Azerbaijan to teach

Coming from a Pakistani business family that for generations built and fostered relationships worldwide, she was raised and educated to think globally and, from a young age, traveled frequently and extensively. Now, Dr. Qaisar Sultana is headed to Azerbaijan with a Fulbright Scholar Award. The professor emerita of special education at Eastern Kentucky University will teach a special education course...

Champions again — WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting wins Hearst multimedia competition

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the seventh consecutive year. With WKU students finishing second and eighth in the Multimedia IV/Team Reporting-News competition and fourth and fifth in the Multimedia III/Enterprise competition, WKU won the 2017-18 championship with the...

The Learning Center’s Environmental Stewardship class caps successful gardening season

As the school year winds down, students at The Learning Center can really see how their work has flourished in the revitalized garden behind the Price Road building. The finale of the semester was to add native Kentucky plants that will attract monarch butterflies, insects, birds, and other pollinators to help the vegetables thrive. The Environmental Stewardship class braved mid-May’s hot sun to...

NKU expanding early-enrollment program for Chase College of Law, adds EKU to its accelerated program

Northern Kentucky University is expanding an early-enrollment program at Salmon P. Chase College of Law to reach more students in Kentucky. The Chase 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, which combines a final year of undergraduate study with a first year of law school, is now available to undergraduate students at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), as well as those at Northern Kentucky University and two...

Five decades later, 85-year-old Floridian returns to Eastern Kentucky University to receive degree

Just how big was Roy Davidson’s smile when he crossed the Eastern Kentucky University commencement stage to receive his diploma on May 11? You might say it was 54 years wide. That’s how much time had elapsed since Davidson, now 85, had last set foot on the Richmond campus. In fact, if a personal tragedy hadn’t curtailed his pursuit of a degree just a few credit hours short in 1964, his diploma...

Paul Laurence Dunbar music instructor Tiffany Marsh named state’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Marsh, a vocal music teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar, is Kentucky’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. She was among three finalists for the overall statewide honor, which went to a special education teacher in Oldham County. Tiffany MarshCo-sponsors Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcements during a May 15 ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Lt....

Applications now being accepted for Arts Council’s TranspARTation Grants for school field trips

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for its popular TranspARTation grant through Aug. 15. The grant covers the cost of transportation to and from an arts venue from the arts council’s TranspARTation Directory. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. In previous years, grant requests...

BCTC celebrates opening of new Science Education Center on the school’s Newtown Pike campus

The dedication of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Science Education Center (SEC) took place Monday with an open house and ribbon cutting. Community partners, city, county and state officials, college leadership, students, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of the SEC on the Newtown Campus in Lexington. “This project represents a true community partnership: our college, the Kentucky...

EKU students win national case study competition, earn $1,000 academic scholarships

The Department of Financial Institutions congratulates the student team from Eastern Kentucky University for taking top honors in the 2018 Community Bank Case Study Competition. The 2018 competition focused on how bank management utilizes technology to streamline processes and better serve their customers. EKU seniors Lorelei Nguyen, Dalton Stanley and Aaron Schmidgall will each receive a $1,000 academic...

Six Western Kentucky University students awarded Fulbright students grants for international studies

Six Western Kentucky University students have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for the 2018-19 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Sarah Angelle of Monticello, Sarah Linder of Louisville, Logan Mitchell of Hebron, Lily Nellans of Windsor Heights, Iowa, Maggie Sullivan of Louisville and Elizabeth Upshur of Antioch, Tennessee...

Eight Kentucky students win $1,000 for college by sharing ideas to change world

The families of eight Kentucky students have won $1,000 college savings accounts with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust after participating in the 2018 KESPT Dream Out Loud Challenge. Each winner’s school also will receive $500. KESPT is Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan. The Dream Out Loud Challenge invited students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade to submit an original...

Kentucky’s Every Student Succeeds Act education plan approved by U.S. Department of Education

Kentucky Teacher Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Kentucky’s Consolidated State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos The plan outlines how the state will implement federal title programs, hold schools accountable, ensure equity and promote success for every Kentucky student. “I am pleased that the United States Department of Education...

Toyota, PLTW award $150k to eleven schools; five Harrison County schools among winners

Toyota, together with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), awarded $150,000 in grants to eleven K-12 schools to help prepare students for the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs. The grants, funded by the Toyota USA Foundation, provide a curriculum focused on computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, while helping create engaging, hands-on classrooms for students...

EKU academic colleges to hold spring graduation events; no university-wide ceremony planned

Eastern Kentucky University’s six academic colleges will hold spring commencement ceremonies May 11-12, all in Alumni Coliseum. EKU is not holding a University-wide ceremony. The schedule is as follows: • College of Justice and Safety, Friday, May 11, 9 a.m. • College of Health Sciences, Friday, May 11, 1:30 p.m. • College of Business and Technology, Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. • College...

Teacher Appreciation Week: A teacher remembers those who mattered most — and you should too

By Chris Wright Ludlow High School In recently reflecting on my time as a student in a public K-12 school, I have been reminded of so many caring and compassionate teachers that laid the foundation for my life beyond the walls of Ludlow Independent Schools. I have had a long and successful educational career, one that will culminate when I complete the coursework phase of my doctoral degree and begin...