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Superintendent Kevin Stull brings experiences from Ky. Department of Education to Garrard County

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Whenever Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) employees begin making their way back into KDE headquarters in Frankfort, one familiar face will have already hit the ground running in Garrard County. Kevin Stull played an integral role in the department during his tenure. He served as the lead for the Principals Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, was...

Forty-Four Kentucky schools among 517 nationwide recognized as America’s Healthiest Schools

Forty-four Kentucky schools are among those recognized nationwide as 2020 America’s Healthiest Schools. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has given the award for 15 years, recognizing schools that use best practices to support learning and development, including meeting or exceeding federal standards for nutritious school meals and providing regular opportunities for students and staff to be...

Jason Glass: As we start new school year under unusual circumstances, department stands united

I wanted to start my first column as Kentucky’s new commissioner of education to let you know how happy I am to be back home and how honored I am to have been selected to help move the Commonwealth’s schools forward during these unprecedented times. I know this is the most unusual opening Kentucky – and the rest of the country – probably has ever had. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)...

New Butler County Schools superintendent Robert Tuck seeks to develop new generation of leaders

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Robert Tuck came well-prepared into the job of Butler County Schools superintendent. He knew he was hired in June, so he had time before his July 1 start date to confer with retiring Superintendent Scott Howard. And Tuck already had been assistant superintendent for three years, with experience in Butler County not only as a teacher and administrator but as a 1992 graduate...

New Christian County superintendent Bentzel hopes to help students take advantage of opportunities

By Sky Carroll Kentucky Teacher As a student, Chris Bentzel wishes he would’ve had a little more guidance on taking advantage of opportunities and making wise decisions for his future. As the new superintendent for Christian County Schools, he wants to fully support students to help prepare them for their future. “I’m looking forward to being able to positively influence our children – the...

KDE commissioner’s Student Advisory Council discusses mental health, non-traditional instruction

The Kentucky Education Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council – comprised of 29 high school students throughout Kentucky – met virtually on July 29 to discuss concerns and hopes for the 2020-2021 school year. It was the first meeting for the 2020-2021 council. Presenters from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) led discussions about non-traditional instruction (NTI) during the coming...

KDE selects 19 students from public high schools to join Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council

The Kentucky Department of Education has announced that 19 students from Kentucky public high schools have been selected to join the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council for the 2020-21 year. The council was established to provide feedback on critical issues impacting students and schools and works with KDE staff to develop ideas to improve and transform education. The group meets with the commissioner...

Beshear reports 674 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest daily number, 3 deaths; surge continues

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 674 new COVID cases on Tuesday, 23 of them from children 5 and under, and three new deaths. These cases raised Kentucky’s totals to 24,060 cases and 674 deaths. As of Tuesday there have been at least 549,208 tests performed in Kentucky with a positivity rate of 4.3 percent. The new cases represent the second-highest number of cases in a single day. “Here in Kentucky,...

KyCIR: During NTI, ‘participation’ definition varied from school to school; questions abound on future

By Graham Ambrose Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting In March, as the state hunkered down for a pandemic, Kentucky schools launched one of their largest educational experiments ever: remote learning for every child. It was an unprecedented challenge requiring unprecedented creativity. To reach their students, educators made phone calls and left voicemails, wrote text messages and emails,...

Ky. Department of Education, Valvoline announce 2021 Teacher Achievement Award winners

Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2021 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award which will be announced in October. “Now more than ever before, we are honored to celebrate some of Kentucky’s most outstanding...

Dr. Jason Glass named Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education, begins duties in September

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) has chosen Jason Glass to be Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. “Dr. Glass was identified by the board as our next commissioner following a very extensive and productive national search,” said Lu Young, chair of the Kentucky Board of Education. “Throughout this process I have been overwhelmed by the integrity of the process and the quality of applicants...

Interim Joint Committee on Education hears from KDE, stakeholders on reopening schools amid virus

By Sky Carroll Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Education heard updates this week regarding reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), along with other Kentucky education leaders and the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). On June 24, KDE Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown...

Kentucky Department of Education names the three finalists for state’s next commissioner of education

The Kentucky Board of Education has named three candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. The board will meet July 6-7 to conduct second-round interviews with the three candidates in Louisville. The candidates include: Jason Glass Jason Glass Jason Glass, Ed.D. – Glass has been serving as superintendent and chief learner for Jeffco Public Schools in the metro Denver...

Healthy@school guidance issued for upcoming school year — and, yes, students should wear masks

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, issued the highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The release of the 24-page document, “Safety Expectations and Best Practices Guidelines for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” was announced by...

Fayette County Board of Education votes to buy Lexington Herald-Leader building for $7.5 million

A downtown landmark will become home to a state-of-the-art career and technical center following a unanimous vote of the Fayette County Board of Education to buy the Lexington Herald-Leader building for $7.5 million. “We are excited to acquire and repurpose this tremendous location,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “The Herald-Leader has played a central role in...

Kentucky Department of Education seeking family input on support needed due to COVID-19 crisis

In preparation for the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) would like to better understand families’ and caregivers’ experiences with distance learning last school year due to COVID-19. KDE is seeking input from families across the state in a brief survey on the challenges they experienced during the implementation of non-traditional instruction...

KDE releases guidance on alternative learning strategies for reopening schools this fall

The Kentucky Department of Education released guidance Monday on ways to safely structure instruction and learning when schools reopen in the fall. The document, “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Alternative Learning Design Strategies,” explores a variety of learning and instruction models for districts to consider that prioritize safety during the pandemic, along with learning progression....

Discussion continues on shape of school in the fall; legislators hear from educators about challenges

By Sky Carroll
 Kentucky Department of Education At its recent meeting, the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Education heard concerns from superintendents about how to safely but efficiently return to in-person instruction in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Greg Schultz, superintendent of Oldham County Schools, emphasized the importance of in-person instruction, but...

Bourbon County teacher Jeanne Crowe receives inaugural Ky. Board of Education Priority Award

At its June 3 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) presented the first annual 2020 Priority Award for Closing the Achievement Gap to Jeanne M. Crowe, director of Continuous Improvement in Bourbon County Schools. Crowe, a 31-year educator, has worked more than a decade in the field of school improvement, including as a highly-skilled educator and an education recovery leader/specialist for...

Lee County health teacher named SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony. The awards ceremony originally was scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City, but due to the COVID-19 emergency, plans had to be altered. While this is an unprecedented and uncertain...