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Commonwealth Education Continuum members named ahead of upcoming meeting on Jan. 27

Dozens of state policy leaders are joining next week to kick off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky’s education system and into the workforce. The group will meet at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 27 via livestream at https://youtu.be/LNQQEBg5V-Y. The agenda is available at http://cpe.ky.gov/aboutus/meetings. Gov....

Kellie Vaughn named director for presidential operations at Campbellsville University

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Kellie Vaughn has been named director for presidential operations at Campbellsville University. “Kellie Vaughn has been an integral part of the President’s Office for more than 19 years. This office has a broad scope of university operations across North America, from Kentucky to California and, recently approved, Canada. Kellie has the institutional...

Walker, Thomas named recipients of inaugural Education Support Staff Professional Award

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Two Kentucky classified school employees – one from Barren County and one from Harrison County – became the first recipients of the new Kentucky Education Support Staff Professional (KESSP) Award. Shelly Thomas, youth service center coordinator for the Barren County School District, and Robert Walker, school safety and wellness coordinator for Harrison County Schools,...

Spalding University announces online professional development and training program in antiracism

Consistent with its mission of promoting peace and justice through education, Spalding University announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that it is launching an online training and professional development program in antiracism. Available nationally to individuals and groups from public-sector, corporate and nonprofit organizations, the range of half- and full-day online courses – collectively titled...

Lexington native, Craft Academy graduate Catherine Embury accepts prestigious NASA internship

Catherine Embury, a graduate of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University, has accepted a prestigious internship with NASA. Embury, a Lexington native, is currently a mathematics major at Wright State University. During her NASA internship, Embury will be researching efficient and cost-effective ways to communicate with and track small satellites. Catherine...

Three-time UofL alumna wins prestigious history award, inspires a new generation of Cardinals

By Natalie Uhl University of Louisville Jami McCoy Allen, a three-time University of Louisville alumna and history teacher at Eastern High School, was recently named the 2020 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award, which aims to highlight the importance of a history education, is accompanied by Gilder Lehrman educational materials as well...

Education Week offering free online summit on Teaching Math in a Pandemic

Education Week is offering a free online summit on Teaching Math in a Pandemic 1-2:30 p.m. ET Jan. 21. Participants can ask journalists and expert guests how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment and engagement in math. Photo from TextHelp Scheduled discussions include: • What the Research Says About Math Learning Loss and the Pandemic • Making Remote Math Tests and Quizzes...

Graves County principal Janet Throgmorton goes the extra mile to ensure students can continue learning

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Three years ago, Principal Janet Throgmorton of Fancy Farm Elementary (Graves County) was looking for a way to save her district some money while addressing one of its most pressing needs. Like many districts throughout Kentucky, Graves County faced a shortage of bus drivers and was having a tough time finding substitute drivers to fill those seats. Being a firm believer...

Kentucky art contest increases pollinator awareness; children ages 5-18 encouraged to participate

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky’s youth to participate in the Kentucky Pollinator Stakeholders Art Contest. The contest is designed to educate the public on the benefits of pollinators and encourage behaviors that promote pollinator habitats across Kentucky. “In agriculture, we know the importance of pollinators,” Quarles said. “This contest will allow children from...

Transylvania University steps into collegiate esports arena with plans for 2021-22 season

Transylvania University plans to launch an esports program in the 2021-22 academic year for students interested in participating in intercollegiate gaming competitions. With an estimated global audience of 495 million, the $1 billion esports industry is expected to continue exponential growth in size and economic impact. Esports at Transy will give students the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate...

Registration open for eighth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green, hosted by Center for Gifted Studies

Registration has opened for the eighth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green, to be held online from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Feb. 17. Hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, this year’s celebration of ideas is open to middle and high school groups, individual students, members of the WKU community, and the general public. With a theme of “Re-start, Re-think, Re-imagine,”...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sets Feb. 1 deadline to apply for $51,000 engineering scholarships

High school and college students interested in becoming a civil engineer should apply now for one of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $51,000 scholarships. Since 1948, the Kentucky Transportation Civil Engineering Scholarship Program has provided about 80 scholarship openings each year that are filled with new and returning students to improve the overall engineering expertise within the Transportation...

FCPS Board meets for first time since passing of Manny Caulk, begins search for replacement

Fayette County Board of Education members met for the first time Monday to discuss the process of selecting a leader to replace Superintendent Manny Caulk, who passed away in December. During a work session prior to its regularly scheduled monthly planning meeting, the board affirmed a commitment to collaborate with stakeholders and work as a team to find the best candidate to shepherd the district...

KCTCS suspends presidential search amid pandemic, Paul Czarapata to remain interim president

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is ending the search for the next president of for the time being. The search committee completed its work and the KCTCS Board of Regents had selected four finalists. The next step of the process was to conduct in-person interviews, which were planned for later this month. Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 cases and the uncertain...

Kentucky shines with 45 schools on list of winner for 2020 Healthy School Program

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Judged by population, Kentucky ought to have eight schools on the list of award winners in the 2020 Healthy Schools Program. Instead, it has 45. This disproportionate success is due primarily to the Baptist Health School Wellness Initiative, offered by the Delta Rural Network Center at Baptist Health Madisonville. Forty-one of Kentucky’s 45 Healthy Schools winners are...

Jacqueline Coleman: Work Ready Scholarship will fast-track Kentuckians from classroom to career

As lieutenant governor, secretary of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, educator and mom, I believe every Kentuckian has the right to a world class education and high quality job training. We must do better to provide all Kentuckians the opportunity of transformational change – to attain a meaningful career, support their families, break the cycle of poverty and prosper. Removing...

Ky. author and retired NKU professor Stephen Leigh’s new sci-fi book to hit shelves in February

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Retired Northern Kentucky University professor and current author Stephen Leigh is releasing a new book, Amid the Crowd of Stars, about cultural conflict and infection in February.  When he was writing the novel, he didn’t know how his book would parallel the current COVID-19 pandemic. “I kind of realized toward the end of writing this thing that, to some...

Campbellsville University announces adjusted academic calendar for spring 2021 semester

Campbellsville University’s administration has announced the adjusted academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester that runs Jan. 12-May 1. Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the spring 2021 semester will have a unique schedule for the term. Residence halls will open Jan. 9 with a staggered move-in system for resident students, much like the fall semester. Remote...

LaRue County’s Savannah Boone named Kentucky’s 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Savannah Boone, an instructor at LaRue County High School, is Kentucky’s 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year. As the winner, Boone will receive a scholarship to attend the Special Education Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. in summer 2021, a plaque and $500. Jessica Tipton of Madison Central High School (Madison County) and Amber Ervin of Old Kentucky Home...

Fayette County Board of Education elects Tyler Murphy as chair, Amy Green as vice chair

The Fayette County Board of Education has chosen its next leaders. By unanimous votes during their Jan. 5 virtual meeting, the members elected Tyler Murphy as chair and Amy Green as vice chair. Both positions are two-year terms. Tyler Murphy Stephanie Aschmann Spires of District 4, who was board chair since August 2018, chose not to seek another term. She remains on the board through 2022. Ray Daniels...