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Louisville teacher Angelina Harper’s NTI setup draws rave reviews from parents on social media

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher A Jefferson County public school teacher’s home setup for her children is being shared far and wide, providing other parents with ideas to keep kids focused during online schooling. Angelina Harper, a special education teacher at Cochran Elementary School (Jefferson County), had been thinking how to make non-traditional instruction (NTI) work for her three children....

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...

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...

Innovative mountain K-12 school districts were ahead of the curve for successful at-home learning

Part Two of Two By Ron Daley Special to NKyTribune Rural Eastern Kentucky school districts have utilized the innovative learning practices and digital teaching platforms they have used for years to jump-start the “Non-Traditional Instruction” (NTI) programming necessary when school in-person classes were forced to shut down in mid-March because of COVI19. Dr. Jennifer Carroll, the professional...

FCPS outlines new initiatives to connect with students and families, plans for virtual graduation

In a press conference last week, Fayette County Public Schools unveiled two new initiatives designed to broaden opportunity and access for students and families, and outlined the district’s plans for graduation. “While COVID-19 has dramatically changed the world around us, our core values have remained constant,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “Team FCPS has...

Kevin Brown: Each day brings new challenges, and Kentucky’s students and teachers rise to meet them

Every day brings something different. Every day since the COVID-19 emergency began to take shape has brought new challenges for all of us who serve Kentucky’s students, and probably for all of you who are more intensively involved in your children’s education than ever before. On the other hand, every day also has brought new and encouraging examples of how families have adapted to non-traditional...