Time to Boldy Invest in Public Education
Op-ed: Progress Stalled; Time to Boldly Invest in Public Education, Excellent READ – Jan 18, 2018
KY’s plan to implement federal Every Student Succeeds Act takes a step forward
Kentucky developed its plan over the past year-and-a-half with input from thousands of shareholders including educators, business and community leaders, parents and legislators. The plan outlines how the state will evaluate public schools and districts, including charter schools, and hold them accountable for equitably educating each child regardless of where he or she lives, the student’s race, ethnicity, family income or whether the student has a disability. – Jan 2, 2018
High Quality Childcare and Education Rally Held at Capitol Rotunda – Dec. 13, 2017
Thanks to House Education Chair Bam Carney, Travis Burton with the Kentucky Chamber, and Kids Matter Coalition for hosting this important “Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow” rally to raise awareness to better childcare and early education for Kentucky’s future workforce! Article by KY Chamber Bottomline WKYT news coverage of the rally
Op-ed: Broad spectrum of post-secondary education key to driving Kentucky economy Click to read op-ed
Kentucky high school students makes big gains in dual credit – Nov. 28, 2017
Economic impact of accessible high-quality child care
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosted an event recently, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, to highlight the economic impact of accessible high-quality child care. Read more about the event -November, 2017
Today, Slamdunk Kentucky encourages principals, teachers, parents, and students
to place their nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) – Nov. 07, 2017
We’ve made incredible progress in education
but much more is possible. Watch Bill LIVE -September 26, 2017
KY leaders and teachers meet and share testimony on Essential Skills bill
Read about the importance of implementing essential skills into our public schools here Article by The Bottom Line: Kentucky Political News, Jacqueline Pitts
Ky Department of Education develops a new School Report Card dashboard
What can flipping your classroom do for your students?
The flipped classroom approach provides a foundation for teachers to transform and modernize the educational process in a way that encourages deep learning. Hopkins County Schools 7th grade teacher helped his students learn science in a new way. -September 26, 2017
Want to tell the Kentucky Department of Education what YOU think? Come to a focus group near you! Click here
New Education Bill to be introduced – Released on September 14, 2017
What is the Essential Skills Bill (House Bill 454) and why is it so important to Kentucky education curriculum and our students’ future in the workforce? House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell explains more about the Essential Skills Legislation in his live interview with Bottom Line reporter, Jacqueline Pitts:
2017 Kentucky ACT report is in
Kentucky graduates hold steady on ACT tests. Click here to read Kentucky’s report: Link
Status of New Accountability System – September, 2017
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt provides an update on K-12 education in Kentucky, including the status of a new accountability system. Renee Shaw via KET hosts. Click to watch
NEW: Kentucky Board of Education approves
regulation that will govern Kentucky’s new Accountability System Click for more info
New accountability meeting underway!
We need your feedback!
Kentuckians: Please read and offer your feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan under Every Student Succeeds Act. Feedback and comments are due: KyEdListens@education.ky.gov by Sept. 5.Click here to read over the draft Details: Click here to give feedback
The latest on the accountability regulation
The board originally was scheduled to consider the second reading of the proposed system at its Aug. 2 meeting, but action was delayed until later this month to give the board more time for discussion. Click here for the latest on accountability.
Education talk: Equity and Equality Are Not Equal
There is a common misconception that equity and equality mean the same thing — and that they can be used interchangeably, especially when talking about education. Click here to read more
The 2017 TELL Kentucky Survey helps ensure we are supporting
our Kentucky teachers, schools, and providing them opportunities to thrive. Click here for the latest school results. August 03, 2017
Can teachers keep students in the classroom
and modify student behavior? This Pulaski schools teacher says yes. August 01, 2017 Click here to read
Approved: Teacher leader standards regulation
Teacher leadership is the process by which teachers, individually or collectively, influence their colleagues, principals and other
members of the school community to improve teaching and learning practices with the aim of increased student learning
and achievement. July 27, 2017
Equity, Sustainability, and the Future of College
“American higher education has risen to the challenge before, and I believe it can again. But we must start with an honest assessment of how we are failing as a bridge to opportunity and what we can do to correct that.” -Gates Foundation, July 27, 2017 Full article here
Is college affordable for Kentucky’s low income families? Click to read full article
Kentucky’s net price at public four-year institutions is lower than the national average and for Ohio and Tennessee, but higher than West Virginia. At two-year institutions, Kentucky’s net price is the lowest among the comparative states and the nation. – Kentucky’s Council on Post Secondary Education
Voices from the Classroom:
Amelia Brown says fire is spreading at Taylor Mill Elementary, and it’s all good. Read her op-ed
Stimulating School Improvement Under ESSA
For Equity-Oriented State Leaders: 9 Ideas for Stimulating School Improvement Under ESSA July 27, 2017 Read More
Voices from the Classroom:
Kentucky teacher, Chris Wright tells this truly inspiring story in the Northern Kentucky Tribune. Click to read
2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Awards July 14, 2017
Kentucky’s new accountability system
The new guidelines must declare ambitious goals for greater progress and intentionally focus on closing achievement gaps. Click to read developments and details. Kentucky Chamber Bottom Line News, July 13, 2017
The Regulatory Review committee meet Friday, July 14 at 9 a.m.
The Accountability Work Groups, as support to the Accountability Steering Committee, have designed various elements of Kentucky’s new school accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – the new federal law governing public education. The Regulatory Review Work Group reviews recommendations from the other committees and determines if the proposals meet the statutory requirements of ESSA, identifies any amendments to existing state statutes that may be required; and determines any state regulatory changes needed as a result of the proposals. The Kentucky Board of Education must approve any changes in the accountability system. July 11, 2017CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK TO SEE AGENDA
Carmynn Blakeley, blind 8- yrs old JCPS student
wins Natl’ Braille Challenge! Making Kentucky proud.
Congratulations to Ms. Terri Stice
for winning the Stillwell Award for outstanding service in Educational Technology for our state. – Published: July 2017
Learn more about the Stillwell Award.
Local parent leaders invest in success for all children
When five of the 14 Northern Kentucky participants at parent leadership training last fall turned out to be from one school, it quickly became obvious that their ultimate project could have a big impact. – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence – Perspectives June 2017
High school students, teachers explore advanced manufacturing careers Read
Amazing opportunity! Sharing strategies and ideas to benefit student learning, teaching and parenting. Click here for more information!
Educators get on the job experience in promoting soft skills Click here to read Published: June 22, 2017
Kentucky schools would be rated from one to five stars under accountability system
New accountability system nearing completion.
Revision process moves forward for our Kentucky academic standards
(KDE) is moving forward with the review and revision process for academic standards in English/language arts and mathematics. Published: June 1, 2017 Click to read
New meeting scheduled for education accountability system
The Commissioner’s Work Group for Consequential Review, one of the groups involved with developing a new accountability system, will meet Tuesday, June 6. Published: June 2017 Click for details
Funding has been awarded to help Kentucky school districts
Prominent funding has been awarded to help Kentucky school districts w/ workforce efforts. –Herald Leader, May 18, 2017 Read for more information
New guide on Kentucky education, accountability
Helping parents, employers and community leaders gain a better understanding of school performance is the focus of a new citizen’s guide from the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and Slamdunk Kentucky. -May 25, 2017 Click here to view the guide.#SlamdunkKY and KY Chamber Foundation releases a guide for parents, employers and community leaders our schools performance. #KYEdchat Click To Tweet
How are other states are developing their accountability plans?
KY academic standards scheduled to be reviewed and revised
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt speaks at a May 15 news conference at which he detailed the schedule for review and revision of Kentucky’s Academic Standards. English/language arts and mathematics standards are currently online and open for public comment. Current standards will remain in place until new or revised standards are adopted. Click to read details.
Photo by Mike Marsee – May 15, 2017
Three Generations in One Family Graduate at the Same Time
“I have always taught my girls that they can be whatever they want to be.” Awesome article by Caroline Bologna! – May 12, 2017 Click to read
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8 – 12
Many thanks to all of our Kentucky educators all around the state, and the U.S.! We celebrate the impact you have in our children and our world.
6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers:
” …when students are lucky enough to find a life-changing teacher, the benefits last a lifetime.” https://www.edutopia.org/ By: Betty Ray – May 9, 2017 Read article here
Let’s TALK conference to be held in Lexington KY
You don’t want to miss this large event on June 12-13! Share ideas, learn effective tools and resources! Network with teachers, learn new effective strategies for improving your professional practice. The conference is targeted to teachers, principals, administrators, paraprofessionals, instructional assistants and aides; instructional leaders with teams of teachers, pre-service teachers and those in higher education. REGISTER TODAY!More information Presented by: http://education.ky.gov/ + http://prichardcommittee.org/
200+ students create innovative solutions
Need more teacher voices for Kentucky education
“The new law allows all of us — educators, parents, students, community members — to have a say in what education must look like for our students…teachers need to find opportunities to have their voices heard” OP-ED by Kentucky teacher, Kari Patrick. Click to read
Kentucky business community + public school accountability
The state’s business community supports a strong school accountability system to make sure our students are making the academic progress that will ensure their success in the future. Here’s an op-ed by Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. – April 27, 2017 Click here to read article.
2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year – 9 Semifinalists
Homework tips help students as well as teachers → Click for tips!
TeachHUB.com – April 25, 2017
ESSA and Accountability:
Keeping State Accountability Systems Simple, by ExcelinEd Read article – April 19, 2017
Business community weighs in on importance of accountability in Kentucky schools
#KYEdListens Kentucky Chamber Bottom Line News Site, Jacqueline Pitts Read article -April 2017
Students Entering 1st Grade With Better Reading Skills
than Previously, Study Says: Education Week Read article -April 19, 2017
Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA:
An eagerness to engage and be heard. by EducatorsforHighStandards.org -March 30, 2017 Read article
UK Sophomore calls for state-wide actions to address the achievement gap
Read article “Don’t Call It An Achievement Gap” By Susie Smith – March 27, 2017
Early Childhood Education Success
Article supporting early childhood education is key to ending generational cycle poverty. – March 23, 2017 Read the article by Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen
Be part of Kentucky’s education accountability system!
- Read all about Kentucky’s accountability system plan here
- Take this survey, give your feedback, so you can make a difference!
What is your school doing to celebrate? Here are some resources:Link -March 14, 2017
Share your voice about Kentucky education and accountability.
Town Hall Meetings engage communities, schools, families, and Kentucky students for education. Find your Town Hall Meeting. Click for more info
Congratulations Kelly Livingston, fifth-grade teacher from Klondike Elementary!
- a free website providing easy access to information on programs meeting the evidence standards of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- ESSA requires use of programs that meet these standards in school improvement proposals, and it provides competitive preference points for proposals including proven programs in several competitive grant competitions. – March 2, 2017
– February 27, 2017
Important news happening to our Kentucky Education Standards
during Kentucky General Assembly 2017 #KYGA17 Read it all here: http://mycn2.com/politics/senate-education-priority-bill-heading-to-floor-after-sailing-through-committee – Spectrum News – February 16, 2017
→ Click Here – February 15, 2017
– February 14, 2017
Summary of Senate Bill 1, is now being considered in 2017 General Assembly.
(Special thanks to Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence)
Charter schools are on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s to-do list.
What is going on with Kentucky’s educational standards?
Read / watch recent happenings: February 11, 2017
Teacher article day!
Kimberly Kennedy, of Villa Hills, is a former educator and a freelance writer. Read her new op-ed: Common Core: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Herald Leader Newspaper – January 17, 2017
Bowling Green Daily News – December 15, 2016
Written by Katie Okumu, a senior at Berea Community High School in Berea, Ky. – Courier Journal – December 2016
Eastern Kentucky University, News and Info – December 2016
– December 2016
Check out KY Teacher’s new social studies page!
The place where Kentucky social studies teachers engage and communicate! Lauren Gallicchio is the new social studies consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education. – December 2016
Slamdunk Kentucky Voice just released:
State report shows improvement in every JCPS student group:
“Early childhood programs has a tremendous impact for students skills throughout their entire education and beyond; making sure they start school ready to understand and use these concepts helps them be more successful not just in class, but in life.” Congratulations to JSPS on the increasing scores of Kindergarten readiness. Read the details: https://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/node/35845 – December 2016
Closing achievement gaps within our public schools is one of our top priorities in Kentucky education.
Congratulations to teacher of the year, Ron Skillern!
What’s needed in teacher preparations?
Read teacher-led report Hope Street Group – November 2016
Nine semifinalists for 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the year award announced!
– Kentucky Chamber Bottom Line News Site – September 2016
Education progress, continuing challenges:
Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt of Kentucky Department of Education reflects after the Olympic Games.
This tool helps families partner with educators to ensure their kids are on track to succeed:
Excellence with Equity: It’s Everybody’s Business.
Kentucky must take a giant leap now to #closethegapky. Click here to read this new report: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence – August 2016
Kentucky is making great strides in education!
Educational animation video brought to you by #SlamdunkKY – August 2016
“I just landed my first teaching job!”
KY students deserve a voice in their education.
Slamdunk Kentucky brings you an exclusive back-to-school message
from our Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Pruitt. This is a motivational back-to-school massage, highlighting the importance of our higher standards, and keeping our children’s education first and foremost. Our children, our commonwealth. – August 2016
How teacher-led professional development leads to innovation
http://bit.ly/1U7OgrV -Kentucky Teacher Magazine – February 2016
– Educators for Higher Standards – June 2016
– Courier-Journal – February 2016
– EduTopia – May 2016
Major General Verna D. Fairchild: Standards encourages students to ‘aim high’. – The State Journal – April 2016
– Educators for High Standards – April 2016
Huffington Post – April 2016
Students can subtract confusion from math standards – The Courier-Journal – November 2015
Standards should be about students, not elections – The Courier-Journal – November 2015
Grayson: Ky.’s academic standards are working – The Kentucky Enquirer – November 2015
Elementary reading emphasis credited for gains in Kentucky – Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer – October 2015
Kentuckians strongly support current academic standards – Kentucky Teacher – July 2015
Up for the challenge: Local school districts adapting to state’s Core Academic Standards – Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer – December 2014
Let’s celebrate our first steps on new science standards – Kentucky Teacher – December 2014
New standards a new challenge for science teachers – Kentucky Teacher – October 2014