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Registration is Now Open for the Educators Rising Kentucky State Conference

Registration is Now Open for the Educators Rising Kentucky State Conference

  • Date: March 3, 2022
  • Location: Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville
  • Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET

Registration is now open. Each student be must registered individually and may compete in a maximum of two events. Also, each school is allowed a maximum of two competitors per event – or one team of 2-4 competitors – per event. Guidelines and rubrics for 2022 competitions can be found in the members section under student resources-National Competitions (pdkintl.org)

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Kentucky State Funding is Available for All Public School Students’ 2022 AP Exams

For the first time, the Kentucky General Assembly has included additional funding for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams for all public school students for the 2021-22 school year. Kentucky also will continue to provide full AP Exam coverage for low-income public school students and for AP computer science exams.

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library expands to help more young children in Kentucky develop a love of reading

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL) has announced the statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book gifting program to Kentucky.

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KDE develops guidance to accelerate student learning

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is continuing to work with school boards and districts to help them address the diverse accelerated learning needs of students due to interrupted learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sign up now for the 2022 Shakespeare Competition

The Kentucky Branch of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) is inviting schools across the state to compete in 2022 Shakespeare Competition on Feb. 20 at the Commonwealth Theatre Center in Louisville.

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Schools, districts recognized for best practices at Continuous Improvement Summit

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recognized seven schools and two school districts for best practices during the 2021 Continuous Improvement Summit on Sept. 23.

Associate Commissioner Kelley Foster presented each winner with a $500 check that can be used toward school improvement.

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KDE updates guidance on Supplemental School Year Program

KDE updates guidance on Supplemental School Year Program

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Three Students Share What It's Like to Learn During a Pandemic

Sachel Harris Communications Manager, TNTP


During a “normal” year, students eat together, play games together, laugh together, cry together, and grow together. But this year, the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant students have fewer opportunities to interact meaningfully and authentically with each other—often having their togetherness reduced to a Zoom room.

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Kentucky’s SCAAC receives updates on state assessments and accountability


(FRANKFORT, KY) – Members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council received assessment and accountability updates from department leadership during a March 16 virtual meeting.

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Developing State and District Parent Engagement Policies

Schools provide many services that aid children’s development, well-being, and academic success. Key providers include mental health agencies, social workers, school counselors, and nurses, as well as school officials and other employees. Yet quite possibly the most important component of these services—often overlooked—is the parent.

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Kentucky celebrates 82 new National Board Certified Teachers during virtual ceremony

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky recognized 82 teachers newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) during a Feb. 11 virtual ceremony.

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SCAAC recommends changes to proposed weights in Kentucky's accountability system

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KDE releases 2019-2020 School Report Card data

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education released annual School Report Card data on Oct. 14, as required by statute and under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Study: Schools still struggle with distance learning, but key solutions are emerging

Dive Brief:

  • Schools continue to tweak their remote learning strategies, but some common solutions are emerging, according to a study from Bellwether Education Partners and Teach For America examining lessons learned by 12 district and charter schools that could allow for sustained and improving learning during school closures.
  • In its analyses, the study found there is no one “right” way to perform distance teaching, but the remote learning processes of many districts and charters are similar to in-class instruction. They also found more of a focus on health and safety than academics in the spring, and while schools also made more efforts to connect with families and students, serving those with disabilities was a challenge across the board.
  • Among the areas where best practices were identified are providing support and adjustments, innovative instructional approaches; providing for special needs students; big-picture planning and establishment of core principles; the design of data-intensive approaches; focusing on social-emotional learning; creating supportive school-student connections; and building relationships with families and communities.

Dive Insight:

As education leaders grapple with distance learning and reopening schools safely, common best practices are becoming part of the strategy. Maintaining connections and supporting students’ social-emotional needs is a top priority for many administrators, including Richard Gordon, principal at Paul Robeson High School in Philadelphia.

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New DPH metric designed to help Kentucky school districts decide on virtual or in-person classes

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has created a four-color metric to guide school officials in deciding whether to offer in person, virtual or hybrid instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Andy Beshear and DPH Commissioner Steven J. Stack announced the new metric on Sept. 14, a day during which Kentucky recorded 54 new cases of COVID-19 among people under age 18, about one-sixth of the day’s new case total.

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The Kentucky High School Speech League is open for business

The Kentucky High School Speech League is open for business and full steam ahead! We celebrate our 100th state speech tournament this year and have moved smoothly to online competitions after trying it out with our April/May state senior speech tournament series. We offer competition in speech and debate categories for students in grades 4-12  and co-sponsor professional developments for teachers and coaches through SPEAK. Additionally, our member schools host events from October through January with our Regional and State tournaments in February and March. We provide mentors for new programs, host a website with continually updated support materials, and are eager to add new schools this year when other extracurricular options are more restricted. Let us help you offer these co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for your students! And follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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For Many Schools, It’s Back to Distance Learning. Let’s Make It Better.

For Many Schools, It’s Back to Distance Learning. Let’s Make It Better.

Schools have been under enormous pressure this summer to reopen as soon as possible—from families, from data showing the learning students lost this spring, even from the White House. And system leaders have been working tirelessly to solve the dizzying array of logistical challenges to open school buildings safely.

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Unlimited NTI days, 2021-2022 funding: Memorandum provides flexibility for Kentucky’s school districts

FRANKFORT, KY) – School districts throughout the Commonwealth were informed June 24 that the state is taking steps to provide unlimited non-traditional instruction (NTI) days during the 2020-2021 academic year.

This announcement came in the form of a memorandum submitted by Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown and signed by Lt. Gov. and Secretary of the Education and Workforce Cabinet Jacqueline Coleman. The memorandum temporarily suspends the statute capping NTI days at 10 and indicates that Brown will recommend an administrative regulation to the Kentucky Board of Education providing for unlimited NTI days for the next school year. It came on the same day Gov. Andy Beshear announced the release of the Healthy at School guidance during his daily press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KDE seeking family input on what supports they need due to COVID-19 crisis

(FRANKFORT, KY) – 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.

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