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Letcher County Elementary School teacher Tyler Watts uses Post-it Notes to teach math, create art

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher The Post-it Note pictures by Tyler Watts on the windows of the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg are getting lots of attention, but it’s far from his first such project. This year’s row of five Christmas-themed Muppet characters is just the most recent. He has covered the library windows in Post-it Notes a half-dozen times for the holidays, including...

UK faculty, staff send spirit-lifting postcards to connect with first-year students returning for spring

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky This holiday season, the University of Kentucky is looking to lift the spirits of first-year students returning to campus for the spring semester. Organized by the Office for Student Success and Institutional Research, Analytics and Decision Support (IRADS), UK staff and faculty volunteers from across campus are participating in a postcard-writing campaign...

University of Louisville medical students expand smart glasses virtual shadowing program

By Julie Heflin University of Louisville When two University of Louisville medical students opted to take part in an emergency department virtual shadowing session with Dr. Jeff Baker, they didn’t imagine it would grow into something more. As a medical resident wore a pair of smart glasses, students could see and hear what was happening in the emergency room while Baker explained the events and...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College president outlines plans for recent $15 million gift

West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Anton Reece has outlined a tentative framework for how the college could use a recent $15 million gift. The historic gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott was donated last week to Paducah Junior College, Inc., which is the foundation for WKCTC. The donation is the largest gift from a single donor in the college’s history. “I...

Campbellsville University’s Dave Walters to serve as associate vice president for regional administration

By Joan C. McKinney Campbellsville University Dave Walters, who is serving as interim director of the Center for Global Engagement at Campbellsville University’s main campus, has been named to associate vice president for regional administration and director for the Conover Education Center in Harrodsburg. With a university system concept in mind, Walters will be positioned at the institution’s...

University of Pikeville introduces new global health minor with mixed-method approach in 2021

The University of Pikeville is introducing a new global health minor beginning in January 2021. Using a mixed-method approach, the global health minor is designed to leverage campus expertise alongside the work of UPIKE’s community partners to provide students with a distinctive, skills-based credential that is transferable across communities and health sectors. As the world is still coping with...

Secretary of State Michael Adams to participate in seventh cohort of Hunt-Kean Education Fellows

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams has been selected to participate in the seventh cohort of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows, an initiative of The Hunt Institute founded in 2001 by former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. “I am honored and delighted by this opportunity to immerse myself in education policy, particularly as I intend to advocate for improved civic education in Kentucky,”...

Jefferson County elementary student’s book provides child’s perspective on dealing with pandemic

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Prisha Hedau had no plans of writing a book. The Lowe Elementary (Jefferson County) student was like many Kentuckians, tuning in to Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press conferences to learn more about the ever-evolving world she was living in. The governor’s messages inspired Prisha to tell her own story. As an only child, it was hard...

KDE releases school reopening guidance for January; in-person classes may resume January 11

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released guidance Friday on reopening schools for in-person instruction in January 2021, accompanied by a new executive order signed by Gov. Andy Beshear. Beshear’s previous executive order, issued Nov. 18, allowed students to return to classrooms as of Jan. 4. The Dec. 18 order sets standards for reopening and recommends...

Carroll County iLead Academy team is a finalist in national Rural Tech Project competition

A team from iLead Academy in Carrollton (Carroll County) joins teams from four other states as a finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project. iLEAD Academy, which is run by the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), will develop model computer science education career pathways. OVEC also received a $4 million Education Innovation Research grant for a groundbreaking effort...

UK Board of Trustees approves selection of Mary J. Davis as Dean of Rosenberg College of Law

By Danielle Donham University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved the naming of Mary J. Davis as full-time dean of the J. David Rosenberg College of Law effective Jan. 1. Davis, the Ashland, Inc-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, has been serving as interim dean. She will become the first woman to serve in the role of permanent dean at the college. Mary...

Campbellsville University to open state-of-the-art mass communication center in January

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s mass communication center will open in January with room for mass communication and broadcast services to operate under one roof. Campbellsville University’s administration, along with faculty and staff from the mass communication department, broadcast services and the office of university communications, took part...

Gatton Academy, Craft Academy extend Class of 2023 admission deadline; offer ACT testing

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science along with The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics announced their coordinated admissions deadlines will be extended from February 1 to March 1. The programs are taking steps to support prospective students in applying for admissions to the academies despite the current pandemic. In addition to extending the deadline, these measures...

West Kentucky Community and Technical College receives $15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott

West Kentucky Community and Technical College announced Tuesday a $15 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott — the largest gift from a single donor in the college’s history. In announcing the donation, Scott gave accolades for the college’s work on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and initiatives to further opportunities for low-income and disenfranchised students...

December University of Louisville graduate took 21 years to earn degree, and she’s not stopping now

By Janet Cappiello University of Louisville  In 2004, Kelly Rowan Burrell was one class away from earning her degree in sociology. She actually walked across the commencement stage in spring of that year; she was registered for her last class that summer. University of Louisville graduate Kelly Rowan Burrell. While at the University of Louisville, she had a baby born in 2000 who today is a sophomore...

University of Louisville professor, civil rights champion Catherine Fosl wins 2020 Trustees Award

By Janet Cappiello University of Louisville Catherine Fosl, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and founding director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research (ABI) in the University of Louisville College of Arts & Sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Trustees Award. The award, in its 31st year, is UofL’s most prestigious faculty award, recognizing faculty...

FCPS to name new administration building for former board chair; revisions made to 20-21 school calendar

The Fayette County School Board has announced the new Fayette County Board of Education Building, located at 450 Park Place in Lexington, will be named the John D. Price Administration Building in honor of the longtime board chair. The unanimous decision was made during Monday’s Board meeting. Described by the district as “a generous and caring man who championed equity and social justice...

Undergraduate students to receive free textbooks with EKU BookSmart during 2021-22 academic year

Eastern Kentucky University has announced that for the 2021-22 academic year, every undergraduate student will receive their required textbooks for free. The initiative, called EKU BookSmart, is a new and innovative program developed by EKU and powered by the long-standing partnership between the university and Barnes & Noble College. BookSmart will provide all required textbooks and course materials...

Caboni highlights WKU’s progress toward strategic plan goals, calls campus work ‘extraordinary’

Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni has praised the work of the campus community in pursuit of its strategic plan goals. Addressing the school’s Board of Regents, Caboni called the work extraordinary. “Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends pressed forward toward the goals carefully-crafted goals detailed in our 10-year strategic plan, Climbing to Greater Heights.” Timothy...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College students celebrate graduation with drive-thru ceremonies

fter having to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies twice due to the pandemic, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) was pleased to offer drive-thru graduation celebrations at the Newtown Campus in Lexington and each of the regional campuses in Danville, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg and Winchester over the weekend. College leadership, faculty and staff welcomed and cheered graduates as BCTC...