Boyle County Middle School science teacher Mike Tetirick is leaving three-beam balances, graduated cylinders and thermometers in the last century with landline phones and CD players. Instead, his eighth-graders are using state-of-the-art Vernier probes to measure everything from temperature to force to pH levels, and they’re likely the only students in the state to do so, he said.
Assistant Principal William King didn’t go into his office at Bowling Green High School at all on Sept. 13, but he was still working. He organized No Office Day, an initiative for principals to spend an entire day out of their offices and in classrooms engaging with teachers and students. “It’s something new,” King said. “It’s something that good principals ought to be doing anyway. It shows that our hearts are still with teachers.”
A dozen Kentucky school districts will share in an $8.8 million "integration grant" from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help implement new common core content standards and take other steps to boost instruction. The recipients are the districts for Daviess, Fleming, Gallatin, Jessamine, Lee, Owen, Washington, Jefferson, Kenton, Magoffin and Simpson counties, and Jackson Independent Schools.
Two Central Kentucky schools and one Eastern Kentucky school were named as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or their success in closing achievement gaps, according to a release from the Kentucky Department of Education. Among the Kentucky schools honored with the designation were Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School in Lexington, North Middletown Elementary in Bourbon County and Southside Elementary in Pike County. Others named in Kentucky were Gamaliel Elementary in Monroe County, W.R. McNeil Elementary in Bowling Green and Woodhill Elementary in Fort Thomas.
Hundreds of children come in and out of Amy Carter’s office each year, but one family stands out. Last year, she worked with siblings at Warren Elementary School whose mother was arrested and then sent to a rehabilitation center. The children bounced from relative to relative, hardly ever staying in the same place for more than a week. As the economy continues to dwindle, local school districts are experiencing a surge in homeless students. Last year, Warren County Public Schools identified 206 students as being homeless - the year before, only 90 students were considered homeless.
U.S. News & World Report recently released its university rankings for the year; next year they're set to rate the quality of teacher preparation programs. Kentucky was among the first states contacted as part of the review, done in partnership with the National Council on Teacher Quality, but officials at UK and the state's other public universities declined to take part, citing concerns about the survey's methodology.
Amid allegations that he falsified parts of his best-selling books “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools,” author Greg Mortenson has turned down the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education.
A bus driver for the Christian County Public Schools turned herself in Tuesday afternoon to Hopkinsville police after being accused of assaulting an 8-year-old girl on a bus, according to a Hopkinsville police report. The driver was arrested on a charge of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
A Breathitt County teacher continued to have sexual contact with a middle school girl after administrators failed to investigate claims about the alleged abuse, the girl's mother contends in a federal lawsuit. Administrators did not report the alleged abuse as required or take action to prevent or stop it, the lawsuit claims. In a related criminal case, several school officials have been charged with failing to report the alleged sexual contact to police and other authorities, a misdemeanor.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it would give $1.5 million to the University of Kentucky to train engineering students to become industrial energy efficiency experts. In total, more than $30 million was being awarded to 24 universities in 23 states.
In an annual ranking of colleges and universities by US News and World Report, Kentucky schools were more prevalent. Among the best in the south are Murray, Morehead State, Western and Eastern Kentucky Universities. Nationally, US News & World Report placed the University of Kentucky at 124th. It's a slight improvement over last year's numbers.
The daughter of University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart will work in the same department. UK’s Board of Trustees approved the position this afternoon. Unlike the president, provost, and other school administrators, executives, the director of athletics is not named in the university’s nepotism rules. Still, several trustees do not think Barnhart’s daughter should be allowed to work in his department.
Two announcements from Transylvania University this week show the school putting more emphasis on diversity. The university is broadening its religious studies program and welcoming its first director of campus diversity. Following a ten-year theological project funded by a Lily Endowment grant, Transylvania president Owen Williams says it's time for the university to embrace new model of campus ministry - one that both reaffirms its ties to Disciples of Christ while shifting toward more interfaith dialogue. Williams says the move is a reaction both to changing demographics and changing attitudes.
The new common core state standards implemented in schools across Kentucky and 42 other states at the beginning of the school year have changed the academic landscape for all students. The new standards were designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in a way that is relevant to the real world. The new standards have also changed the expectations and rigor for those students who have dropped out of school and are looking to get a General Education Diploma (GED) at one of the 120 adult education centers across the state.
The UCLA professor and contracted expert on student assignment said it’s possible for Jefferson County Public Schools to create diverse schools with less transportation by next fall. “Well I think the longest ride times would be less than half the longest ride times now. That’s my guess,” Dr. Gary Orfield told the JCPS school board.
An adult and 10 children were injured Monday morning when a Bowling Green Independent Schools bus collided with a car at Russellville Road and Campbell Lane. City schools Bus 4, loaded with about 50 children and bound for Bowling Green Junior High School, was traveling west on Russellville Road when it attempted to make a left turn onto Campbell Lane and collided with a car driven by Paula Borden, 42, of Bowling Green, Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said. Borden and seven children were taken by ambulance to The Medical Center. The parents of three other children also took their children to the emergency room for treatment, officials said. No one was seriously injured, Bowling Green schools spokeswoman Leslie Peek said.
Lauren Goff was in middle school on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, 10 years later, she has to teach today’s middle schoolers about that day, a day of which they have no memory. Goff, a history teacher at South Warren Middle School, said she struggled with how to explain the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to her seventh-graders, who were just 2 years old when they happened. “To them, it seems just as ancient as ancient Rome,” Goff said.
Things have certainly changed. The world is definitely a different place. But do we continue to learn, 10 years after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001? Students and teachers, no doubt, took time to discuss the matter in school this week. Maybe it was a small part of a lesson, maybe it was a whole class, but the events of that day do not appear to have worked their way into the fabric of U.S. and world history classes like D-day or the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Mother Nature was no match Wednesday night for the determination of those who have spent more than a decade pressing for a new school for Robertson County students. With rain pouring down, and the ground-breaking ceremony moved indoors, officials recounted what brought the group together and will result in an entire new educational complex on the corner of U.S. 62 and Kentucky 616 in the next 18 months. Known as Deming School for decades, the new complex will be known as Robertson County School, and house all grade levels, officials said.
As the world stopped 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, frozen in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, educators in Hardin County juggled watching with guiding classrooms of children through an event some were too young to understand. Wynna Mabe, a teacher at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, said she felt many of her students saw the crumbling towers as a scene from a movie, instead of realizing it involved real people. It was hard for elementary students to comprehend the enormity of the attacks, she said.
When the history of education in the Commonwealth was recounted today during a conference at Eastern Kentucky University, former-Governor Paul Patton was repeatedly cited. The Patton Administration was credited by historians with reforming the state’s system of education. Referring to statistics released yesterday, Patton told attendees the pace of progress in Kentucky is faster than most other states.
Shannon Maddox first heard the news through a phone call from a colleague. A plane had struck the World Trade Center in New York City. She immediately turned the television on in her Crittenden Mt. Zion Elementary classroom. It wasn’t long after that teachers were told to keep their students in their classrooms and no one was allowed to go outside.
Many of the freshmen who stepped on the UK campus this fall were in elementary school at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For many Americans, it seems hard to forget the events of 9/11; the place they were, the people they were with, and even what they were doing that day. But what about young people who were mere children when it happened? Two University of Kentucky freshmen took the opportunity to share their thoughts about September 11th.
A just released study on the progress Kentucky’s made in reforming higher education prompted a celebration today in Frankfort. But, the party was tempered by a realization of what lies ahead. The study, which was done by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, measured the effectiveness of reforms enacted by the General Assembly in 1997.
The message to incoming students was clear Tuesday night at Western Kentucky University’s Freshman Assembly: finish your degree. That theme was brought home by current students, alumni and administrators through the course of the assembly in E.A. Diddle Arena. WKU Provost Gordon Emslie asked students to pledge their commitment to finishing their degree.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner Terry Holliday to the National Assessment Governing Board. “The governing board my make decisions about which types of test NAEP will provide. NAEP tests things like reading and math and science and writing,” said Lisa Gross, Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Holliday will serve in the category of chief state school officer, which “sets policy for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), known as the National Report Card.” NAEP is the country’s only nationally representative assessment of student achievement in various subjects. It’s an independent organization in association with the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Kentucky is celebrating the inaugural semester of its new "Core" studies program, which all undergraduate students must complete as part of their degree programs. A performance by UK opera students marked the beginning of the ceremony, which celebrated the start of UK Core, which will replace the aging University Studies Program, adopted in the mid-80s.
Franklin County High School students have earned nearly $10,000 in rewards for passing Advanced Placement courses since the launch of a grant aimed at boosting enrollment and performance. Students and their parents collected checks in a Friday afternoon assembly: $100 for each passing score they received on an AP exam in English, math or science last year. State education officials announced the three-year, $423,000 AdvanceKentucky grant for Franklin County and Western Hills High School in April 2010
NEWPORT - The effort to transform Newport High School received a boost this week with a $770,117 award from the federal School Improvement Grant. Newport became eligible for it after being named by the state this year as a "Persistently Low-Achieving" school. The money will be used in numerous ways, including for the hiring of two education recovery specialists (for math and language arts) and an education recovery leader; professional development for teachers; bus service for taking students on college tours; books and study guides; and computer software.
A school advocate urged state regulators to find a way to lessen the pain on public schools as they consider whether to approve Kentucky Utilities Co.’s request to raise its electric rates.Engineer Darrel Pfingston of Henderson, an energy manager for the Kentucky School Boards Association, proposed that the Kentucky Public Service Commission tie schools’ electric rates to the rate of inflation, which he said is about half the rate that energy has been escalating in recent decades.