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Slam Dunk Kentucky is committed to help build on the momentum in Kentucky’s schools, keeping our heads in the game to elevate students to the next level of success. This site includes resources for educators, interviews with teachers, students and education advocates, statistics on academic achievement and progress reports related to Kentucky's higher educational standards.

Teacher writes: How to reach elected officials to find ways to move forward together

Feb 22, 2018 | No Comments

How to Talk the Talk   Shared responsibility? Defined contribution? COLA? 401A? What does all of this mean for Kentucky Teachers and their retirement system? Right now it means lots of confusion, doubt, and uncertainty. Answers are simple — have a discussion with your legislator to share your concerns and insights and find out what’s […]

New Education Bill Passes, Helps Support KY Education Accountability System

Feb 15, 2018 | No Comments

The Kentucky House passed legislation requiring schools to provide essential skills curriculum to students. As Kentucky employers struggle to find qualified individuals with the skills they need to fill the jobs available, legislation to ensure students graduate with essential skills passed through the House unanimously on Monday with a 91-0 vote. With Kentucky employers struggling to […]


  • “In my classroom, you will see students creating multimedia presentations like pod-casts. Since the implementation of the common core standards, I am able to teach easily, and with guidance, all of my students get to choose their own projects. You are going to see really rigorous work happening in my classroom…some projects you would never suspect a 15 or 16 year old could do.”

    10th grade teacher, Shelby County

    - Carrie Patrick

  • “Kentucky’s academic standards are set for higher level thinking. There is a lot of metacognition involved; meaning, they have to think about what they are thinking about. The new core standards have allowed me to revamp my approach to teaching. I have been to several professional developmental programs and have learned a lot of new strategies for our curriculum to go a long with our standards.”

    8th year of teaching, Stevenson Elementary School, Logan Co.

    - Cassie Reding

  • “Kentucky standards make sure every child should reach a specific educational level at a certain grade. This really puts pressure on teachers to make sure that they put the scaffolding in place to ensure that all students achieve at high levels.”

    Teaching for 11 years, Wesport Middle, Jefferson

    - Sarah Yost

  • “Kentucky Academic Standards prompt the deeper approach to social studies teaching. The reading of historical documents or scientific articles strengthens student literacy.”

    5th Grade Teacher, John G. Carlisle Elementary, Covington

    - Tiffany Gruen

  • “Kentucky is the model for how to improve education for the country. People are coming to our state saying how did you do this? How did you nearly double your college and career readiness scores? How did you improve your ACT scores? And we are showing them that we have adopted these standards that have more rigor and people are impressed and trying to duplicate that across the country.”

    President, C-Forward, Inc., Covington

    - Brent Cooper

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