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Villa Madonna Academy valedictorian, salutatorian get icing and the cake while learning at home

NKyTribune staff Villa Madonna Academy congratulated the Class of 2020’s valedictorian, Neema Adley, and salutatorian, Maddie Dickman in a special way. Villa Madonna Academy Class of 2020’s valedictorian, Neema Adley, left and salutatorian, Maddie Dickman received special delivery cakes to recognize their accomplishments. The cakes were delivered to their homes by High School/Junior High...

CPE makes Kentucky Virtual Library available to all Kentucky students, educators for at-home learning

Amid the challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced today that all K-12 students and teachers in Kentucky now have free access to an online portal of educational resources that can support learning and lessons at home. The materials are available through the Kentucky Virtual Library, a consortium of nearly 300 institutions from across the state. Content...

Travel the state (indepth and fascinating) while social distancing with these Explore Kentucky videos

The Kentucky Department of Tourism, within the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, has released a series of videos dedicated to highlighting the best of the Bluegrass State. “During this time of social distancing, Kentucky is finding creative ways to virtually showcase the culture, arts, and heritage that Kentucky has to offer tourists from across the world,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet...

KCTCS’ 16 colleges will continue to offer online/remote classes through the end of semester

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are committed to maintaining the health and safety of their students, faculty and staff. That’s why all colleges will continue to offer online/remote classes through the last day of instruction, which is May 2, and will use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4–10. Additionally, employees...

Billy Reed: Through a coronavirus lens, still seeing compensation for college coaches is way out of line

As I’ve followed the scary Coronavirus story on TV and the internet, I’ve been looking for stories about how football and basketball coaches, both college and professional, and pro athletes have been stepping up to help fight the crisis. After all, entertainers in America – and I’m including rock musicians, movie stars, and TV personalities with the sports-world folks – are among the wealthiest...

KET provides free learning-at-home toolkit for families, educators in response to COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the urgent need for at-home learning resources while Kentucky schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KET has created an online toolkit for families and educators at KET.org/learnathome. The toolkit provides families free high-quality educational resources for children of all ages. Educators can also visit this site to find helpful tips for making learning from home successful...

NTI Days require new methods of teaching, learning; Villa Madonna Academy embraces the challenge

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor One of many unknowns in the world changed by COVID-19 is how teachers, students, and parents in Northern Kentucky would handle the implementation of Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days. NTI requires students to learn from home until the restrictions put into place because of COVID-19 are lifted. Joe Cordonnier talks to his AP Psychology students via video...

Covington Independent’s Alternative Program named a program of distinction for 5th time by KDE

For the fifth time, the alternative program of Covington Independent Public Schools is being recognized for its high-quality educational services. The program has been designated an Alternative Program of Distinction by the Kentucky Department of Education. Sean Bohannon, assistant principal, and Lorie Duffey, principal of Transformational Learning Center (Photo provided) “We have a great team and...

NKU’s Vaidya to join other presidents in Facebook Live conversation on COVID-19 4 p.m. Thursday

Northern Kentucky University President Ashish Vaidya will be joining a Facebook Live conversation on Thursday at 4 p.m. about COVID-19’s impact on higher education in Kentucky. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) are hosting the conversation with Dr. Vaidya and four others. NKU President Ashish Vaidya Prichard Committee President and...

K-PREP testing has been canceled for the school year; state applied and received a testing waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has notified all Kentucky public school superintendents that K-PREP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled. U.S. Department of Education (USED) officials announced March 20 that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. KDE applied for a waiver...

Thomas More President Chillo says semester to continue online, residence halls close March 30

As COVID-19 continues to evolve, many recommendations have been made that Thomas More President Joseph Chillo says are being implemented to ensure the continuity of the academic experience for students and the well-being of our community. “It was our hope to return to some normality within the next month,” said Chillo. “Based on the recommendations of the CDC and local officials,...

A message from NKU President Ashish Vaidya regarding new directives in response to COVID-19

Daily lives continue to change as new recommendations and directives come forward from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the federal government, and Gov. Beshear’s office to ensure continued social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, Northern Kentucky University President Ashish Vaidya in a recent email message. He reported: NKU conducted its March Board of Regent’s meeting remotely,...

SQUARE1’s High School Pitch contest is going online and is now PITCH MADNESS

Yet another nonprofit, SQUARE1, has been impacted by the Coronavirus. SQUARE1 a semi-final event slated on March 12 at Gateway Community & Technical College that was canceled based on Kentucky Governor Beshear’s recommendation regarding large events. Now, the Final Next Pitch Event scheduled for April 3rd has been postponed. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting many non-profits, startups,...

In call with KY’s public school superintendents, Beshear and Brown ask schools close until April 17

In a teleconference call with Kentucky’s public school superintendents, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools continue their suspension of in-person classes through April 17 to help control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in communities across the state. All 172 Kentucky school districts, 53 area technology centers, Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky...