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More than 2,000 Kentucky educators attend academic standards learning labs

Kentucky Teacher More than 2,000 teachers and school administrators attended Get to Know Your Standards Learning Labs conducted across the state by Kentucky Department of Education staff. provided photo The events were designed to provide teachers with a stronger understanding of the implications of building standards-based instruction and assignments that align with Kentucky’s new revised academic...

Kentucky Department of Education launches ‘Stride, Don’t Slide’ summer reading initiative

Children will be given free books at several lunch programs being held across the state this summer as a part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s summer reading and math initiative, Stride, Don’t Slide! Beginning in mid-June, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) officials and members of the Kentucky Board of Education will travel the Commonwealth, offering free reading activities and book...

Kentucky Teacher: Russell Independent school’s KRUSH program helps erase stigma of Incarceration

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing (KRUSH) has cultivated a sense of family for students that have seen their own families affected by the harsh reality of incarceration. A reality that has become far too common in the Commonwealth. According to data accumulated by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that focuses on child welfare, 15%...

Rose at 30: The landmark Supreme Court decision that changed the course of Ky public education

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky School Boards Association Jack Moreland had been expecting a call on the morning of June 8, 1989. It had been six months and one day since the Dayton Independent superintendent had watched an attorney representing his and 65 other school districts ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to force the state to adequately fund public education. As superintendent of Dayton Independent,...

Wayne Lewis: Pursuing traditional, alternative pathways to address serious teacher shortages

The most important school factor in a child’s academic success is having access to high-quality, effective teachers. While we have continually sought to improve the quality of instruction provided to students, particularly those who have been historically underserved, we are now facing teacher shortages in Kentucky and across the nation like we never have before. The factors influencing the shortages...

CHFS, KDE partnership to expand school-based healthcare services for children in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services. The proposed amendment allows...

Georgetown Middle School teacher Erin Elizabeth Ball named Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Erin Elizabeth Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, is the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Ball has four years of teaching experience in Scott County Schools. Valvoline Inc™ and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) made the announcement May 20 at a ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Derrick...

Boys’ suicides increased after release of ’13 Reasons Why’; third season prompts warnings for all families

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The rate of suicide among 10- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. increased 29% in the months after the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was first telecast in March 2017, according to a federal study. Statistically, boys were responsible for the increase. The rate for girls increased, but the rise was not statistically significant, said a news release from...

Kentucky receives $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health services in schools

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced May 9 the award of a $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health issues among Kentucky students across the state and in three pilot school districts. KDE and the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, which is in CHFS, will receive the Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education...

New Kentucky Department of Education website brings standards resources to central location

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has unveiled a new website designed to be a one-stop shop for information on the Kentucky Academic Standards. The site, kystandards.org, contains links to the Kentucky Academic Standards documents, resources to support the implementation of the standards and information regarding the standards revision process. Information available...

Nine teachers are named semifinalists for 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year; winners on May 20

Nine outstanding educators from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline™ announced. Last year’s winners Winners of the Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher of the Year Awards, in addition to the overall 2020 Kentucky...

Dr. Mark Goulston: ‘Yes, your kid’ — every child is at risk for suicide, and it just keeps happening

(Editor’s note: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians aged 15-54. More than twice as many people die by suicide in Kentucky annually than by homicide. Teen suicides are dramatically on the rise. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 15 percent of Kentucky high school students (1 in 7) reported having seriously considered...

Valvoline names 24 Teacher Achievement Awards finalists to compete for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2020 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in May. “Valvoline is pleased to once again honor and recognize 24 of Kentucky’s most outstanding teachers....

McConnell Center Young Leaders Academy seeking applications from Kentucky High School students

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Applications are being accepted for the McConnell Center Young Leaders Academy, a summer residential leadership conference June 19-22 at the University of Louisville. The program, open to students who will have completed at least one year of high school by summer 2019, helps participants hone their leadership skills and further their understanding of American history. The...

Second volume of statewide audit identifies two material weaknesses, 12 significant deficiencies

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon on Monday released volume two of the annual Statewide Single Audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SSWAK) for Fiscal Year 2018. Kentucky spent over $12.65 billion in cash and noncash awards received from the federal government in Fiscal Year 2018, which is an increase of $273 million compared to federal funds spent by the Commonwealth during Fiscal Year 2017. The 2018...

Boyle Co. Schools bridging the gap for students who struggle in reading and math with SHARED learning

Crystin Moore, center, a teacher at Junction City Elementary School (Boyle County), talks with instructional assistant Christy Zettler, left, in their 4th-grade classroom. General education teachers such as Moore work with special education teachers and instructional assistants in a SHARED (Systematically Helping Achieve Rigorous Engagement Daily) learning model designed to increase student achievement...

Thirteen students from across Kentucky selected for Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council

Kentucky Teacher Thirteen Kentucky public high school students have been named to the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council, a group that provides input to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis. The newly-selected members will serve the remainder of the school year. Sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to serve again in Fall 2019. The new members include: • Natalie Baker...

Department of Education offers lessons on bullying prevention and resilience to elementary educators

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is offering lessons on bullying prevention and resilience to elementary school educators throughout the Commonwealth. While the vision of the agency is that each and every student becomes empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future, it wants to make sure that every student in Kentucky also feels safe. The agency acknowledges that many students have...

Kentucky Department of Education Summer Food Service Program seeks sponsors statewide

Kentucky Teacher Sponsors are being sought for the 2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Children enjoy their lunch during a kickoff event for the Summer Food Service Program at Calvary Elementary School (Marion County). In 2018, 166 sponsors served nearly 3 million meals to children age 18 and younger at 2,600 meal sites in Kentucky. Photo by Mike Marsee While sponsors are being accepted in all...