A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Applications now open for next summer’s Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs to be held at NKU

The next session of the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) will take place June 23 through July 13, 2019 at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in 9th, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com.   Applications are due by Jan. 20, 2019 and selections will be announced in April 2019. Students who attend GSE can earn high school class credits, scholarships to Kentucky...

CPE launches employability initiative to prepare graduates for workplace success

The Council on Postsecondary Education, joined by representatives from six Kentucky colleges and universities, has launched an employability initiative that will bring together employers and educators to assess and affirm that higher education programs prepare graduates for the workforce. In partnership with The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education, Kentucky’s Essential...

Prichard Committee’s ‘Top 20 by 2020’ report identifies decline in state education improvements

Several of Kentucky’s key educational improvements have plateaued, and some have started to slip backward, according to a new report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The 2018 update of the committee’s Top 20 by 2020 project is the latest in a series of biennial reports initiated in 2008 with a challenge to move the state education system into the top 20 among the 50 states by...

Minority students at Woodson Academy and Locust Trace AgriScience Center find their ag niche

By Tammy Lane Fayette County Schools Students from Carter G. Woodson Academy and Locust Trace AgriScience Center interact with professionals and build their personal skills through a partnership with the University of Kentucky and its MANRRS chapter. MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) provides access and opportunities for groups typically underrepresented in...

Voices from the Classroom: NKY educators read same book, collaborate on a masterpiece

By Amelia Brown NKY Cooperative For Educational Services “Belief is the ignition for inspiration and the foundation for dreams.” I read those words this past summer as I was halfway through a new book: The Pepper Effect: Tap into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation by Sean Gaillard. Wow.  Yes. The book aims to energize educators to improve upon their school’s culture and...

Two dozen Valvoline volunteers work their magic at Breckinridge Elementary for ‘JA in a Day’

Breckinridge Elementary welcomed some two dozen Valvoline employees for the pilot of “JA in a Day,” organized by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. In classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade, the volunteers led interactive lessons on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and business ownership. “It’s an exciting trial run to see how it goes,” Callie Miracle, JA’s program manager,...

It’s time for 31st annual Big Blue Crush blood drive, a battle between the ‘Cats and the Tennessee Vols

Who has the best fans – Kentucky or Tennessee? It’s time to find out in the 31st annual Big Blue Crush, the yearly blood battle between the Cats and the Vols which is next week, Nov. 12-16. To assure a sufficient blood supply for the holidays, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville have had an ongoing friendly competition to see whose donors can give the most...

Teachers’ impact on student behavior matters more for long-term academic success than test scores

In a new article for Education Next, C. Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University reports that teachers’ impact on student behavior is 10 times more predictive of students’ long-term academic success than their impact on test scores. Further, teachers who are highly effective at improving student behavior cannot be identified by value-added ratings based on test scores alone. Jackson analyzed data...

Fayette schools psychologist Patrick Ballard named School Psychologist of the Year by KAPS

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Patrick Ballard, a psychologist with Fayette County schools, has been named School Psychologist of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS). He also was one of five contenders to receive a Best Practice Award during the KAPS conference in October in Louisville. Patrick Ballard Ballard is in his second year in the Fayette County schools...

Council on Postsecondary Education announces new online resource for military students, families

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has announced the launch of a new initiative to support military students’ transition to campus. The new centralized resource is the first phase of a long-term plan recently outlined by CPE President Aaron Thompson. Supporting the military. Click to go tot he website “Kentucky is in a unique position to serve those who serve our country,” said...

CPE gets $400k Lumina Foundation grant for Adult Promise program, encouraging workforce training

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has been awarded a $400,000 Lumina Foundation grant to encourage more adults to pursue certificate and associate programs in business, information technology, transportation/logistics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and construction. Kentucky’s Adult Promise program will raise awareness of tuition-free education programs available through the Work...

UK takes its ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign on road, celebrating its $2.1B fundraising goal in Cincinnati

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The Roebling Bridge between Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati was under construction in 1865 when the University of Kentucky was opening its doors for the first time. When the Roebling opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and was designed to power a regional economy. That is the same idea that undergirded the founding of the University...

Quarles invites students to apply for summer of 2019 Kentucky Department of Agriculture internships

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites college students pursuing a career in agriculture or government to apply for positions in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s internship program for the summer of 2019. “A KDA internship provides opportunities for students to gain real-world work experience and possibly even enter a career in public service,” Quarles said. “Our interns in...

New book co-authored by EKU president examines role of higher education on American Democracy

“The link between democracy and higher education has long been embedded in the American story.” That’s how co-authors Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson and Hal Boyd open the first chapter of “College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy,” newly published by University Press of Kentucky. Benson and Boyd, a former special assistant to Benson...

AAA: Reminders about safety and school buses that every motorist (and students) need to heed

Last week’s crash in which three siblings were struck and killed by a pick-up truck and another child was left in critical condition as they were about to board their school bus in Fulton County, Ind., serves as a somber reminder about the importance of school bus safety. Today, a vehicle crashed into three children and two adults at a school bus stop in Tampa, injuring them. Motorists need to be...

EKU to host two ceremonies Nov. 10 to honor sacrifices that helped bring an end to World War I

It was once called the Great War, because battle flames consumed the European continent for four long years and led to the death of more than nine million combatants and seven million civilians. Twenty years later it would earn a new title: World War I. By that time, Adolf Hitler was exacting an even greater toll on humanity. Nov. 11, 2018, will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice...

Rural Eastern Kentucky school leaders working to make schools the center of community revitalization

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and superintendents leading rural public schools in the mountains of eastern Kentucky are in the final stages of developing a position paper and call to action to address the urgent needs and opportunities facing their students and communities. At the start of the 2019 legislative session, they will propose research-based solutions and policy recommendations...

Eastern Kentucky University’s four-year graduation rate more than doubles over past eight years

The four-year graduation rate at Eastern Kentucky University continues its steady rise, and has now more than doubled in an eight-year span. Roughly one in three students from the Fall 2014 freshman cohort graduated in four years. The 32.7 percent record is up from 29.98 just a year ago and well above the 15.67 mark for the 2006 freshman cohort, according to just-released figures. The five-year graduation...

WKCTC accepting nominations for second Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is accepting nominations for second regional educator awards to recognize pre-kindergarten through high school teachers, administrators and staff members who have gone beyond their daily responsibilities and have worked tirelessly on behalf of students, parents and the community in our region. WKCTC is accepting nomination through December 7. In establishing...

Kentucky Teacher: Bowling Green teacher Elizabeth Forbes showing students the buzz around the bees

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward As the sun came up over the trees, warming the two painted boxes on the outside of the wall of the Bowling Green High School baseball field, Elizabeth Forbes laughed. “The baseball guys are going to be so upset with me,” she said from behind a mesh screened hat. The two hives of honeybees there had begun to wake up, and several thousand bees had begun to cover...