What's Happening in Kentucky Schools

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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Nominate outstanding education support staff for the 2021 RISE Award

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is accepting nominations of outstanding educational support staff members for the national 2021 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award.

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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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Five Kentucky public schools named 2021 Blue Ribbon winners

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence.

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Kentucky Department of Education releases new guidance on Senate Bill 1

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a new guidance document on Sept. 20 to support schools and districts as they implement Senate Bill 1 (SB1), which was passed on Sept. 9 during the General Assembly’s recent special session.

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Kentucky senate education committee changes SB 1, mirrored legislation approved in house committee

(FRANKFORT, KY) – As the Kentucky General Assembly's special session rolls on in Frankfort, the Senate Standing Committee on Education voted to amend Senate Bill (SB) 1, removing a section encouraging districts to develop vaccination incentive plans.

The original bill encouraged districts to create incentive plans for staff and student vaccinations. It also would have forbidden “intimidation tactics or negative incentives.”

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Montgomery County's Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. named 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr., an English and French teacher at Montgomery County High School, is the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

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KDE releases new guidance on hybrid schedules for public schools

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released a new guidance document, Guidance for Offering a Hybrid Performance-Based Schedule, to support districts in implementing a hybrid schedule for grades 5-12 by utilizing their board’s policy on performance-based courses. Districts may use a hybrid schedule at the request of students and families as an additional COVID-19 mitigation strategy to assist with social distancing.

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KDE updated guidance on SBDM elections

The Kentucky Department of Education has updated their guidance on SBDM elections and now allows parent groups and teachers to hold elections online electronically, in person, or a combination of both. Electronic elections were an option during the first COVID peak, but with this new KDE guidance, the option of electronic elections is available all the time.

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Free Budget Mini-Session

Free Budget Mini-Session
Thursday, August 26 6:00 PM EST
30 Minute Virtual Session

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Semifinalists named for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

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Kentucky Department for Public Health releases updated guidance for schools on masking

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) released new guidance on July 28 for schools on recommended masking guidelines ahead of the 2021-2022 school year.

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KASC is seeking delegates and board members

KASC is seeking to elect new members to our Board of Directors.

We encourage your help in finding strong candidates. We are currently asking for nominations for board members and delegates to represent each SBDM council in voting.

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24 Kentucky Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners named for 2022

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2022 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in September.

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Kentucky students thrive at national Educators Rising conference

(FRANKFORT, KY) – High school and college students from across Kentucky who are looking to pursue careers in education participated in the 2021 Educators Rising National Conference, which was held virtually June 24-27.

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Kentucky Writing Project Professional Development 2021

Professional Development

There are many opportunities to work with the Kentucky Writing Project this summer. Check back at their website often, as things are continually updated. 

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Summer Reading Book Group Opportunity

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Eighteen new students selected for KDE's 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Eighteen Kentucky public high school students have been named to the 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced on May 28.

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KDE kicks off summer learning initiative to promote literacy and mathematics


KDE kicks off summer learning initiative to promote literacy and mathematics

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education has launched its Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics Program, along with a series of Summer Support webpages, in partnership with The Children’s Reading Foundation, Scholastic and the Summer Food Service Program. 


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