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NKU, Gateway join ‘Moon Shot for Equity’ to close gaps in regional cohort as part of national initiative

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Gateway Community and Technical College, Miami University, and Northern Kentucky University have joined “Moon Shot for Equity,” a national initiative that aims to close equity gaps within regional cohorts of two- and four-year colleges and universities by 2030. Following a program designed and run by education firm EAB, the schools will take significant...

Take this, Tik-Tok: Camp Ernst principal inspires — and rewards — students who practice ‘Positive Vibes’

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Principal Stephanie Haggerty of Camp Ernst Middle School didn’t sit still while a few misguided students engaged in bad behavior and defining her school. She took action, as good leaders do, and started a counter-revolution. You may have heard of the TikTok challenge, “Devious Licks,” that has gained popularity on social media and involves students...

96% of Kentucky’s public schools choose to keep mask mandates for students, staff, visitors

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With legislation that put the decision in the hands of local school districts, the vast majority of Kentucky’s public school districts will continue to have mandatory mask usage for all students, staff and visitors, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association.   
Friday was the day that Gov. Andy Beshear’s statewide mask mandate in schools expired, following...

Gateway and Apartment Association Outreach join to stamp out hunger with Food for Thought pantry

In an ongoing joint commitment to stamping out campus hunger, the Apartment Association Outreach, Inc. (AAO) and Gateway Community & Technical College have dedicated the Food for Thought Food Pantry located on Gateway’s Edgewood campus. AAO – the 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association (GCNKAA) – donated to Gateway...

Newport board of education votes unanmously to extend mask-wearing for students, staff, visitors

Following last week’s vote by the Kentucky General Assembly to overturn the statewide mask mandate in public schools, the Newport Board of Education voted unanimously Monday afternoon to continue requiring masks for all students, staff and visitors in the district’s buildings. Newport Board of Education Chairwoman Ramona Malone said that the district has required masks since the initial...

NKY Education Council looking for One to One coaches for 1st-3rd graders; final training next week

The Northern Kentucky Education Council is in search of parent, grandparent, business leaders, and community volunteers to serve as One to One Reading Coaches for 1st-3rd grade students. Volunteers are needed now more than ever to help students overcome their literacy challenges and address learning loss that has occurred due to COVID-19. Coaches meet with the same student once a week for approximately...

90 of 171 public school districts have already adopted local mask mandates; state’s mandate null

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today During the recent special session, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted legislation preventing the Kentucky Board of Education and the governor from establishing mask mandates in public schools, giving that power to local boards of education. 
The state actions will be null and void effective Friday, but a number of local boards of education have already enacted their...

Kenton County students get early take off into aviation maintenance with Cinci State collaboration

New program provides Kenton County students with early take off into aviation maintenance careers Unique, cross-river collaboration will help meet soaring need for aviation maintenance technicians at CVG and throughout the Tri-State Fifteen high school juniors from the Kenton County School District have begun a specially designed education program through which they will get an early start on completing...

Ky. Department of Education accepting nominations for 2022 Class of GoTeachKY Ambassadors

Applications are open for the Kentucky Department of Education’s 2022 Class of GoTeachKY Ambassadors. The mission of GoTeachKY is to ensure that all students across the Commonwealth have equitable access to effective educators. GoTeachKY seeks to recruit the next generation of teachers in Kentucky, helping remedy the critical teacher shortage that affects every state in the U.S. GoTeachKY...

Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Hallie Booth helps her students learn outside the classroom

Third of three parts By Jacqueline Thompson Kentucky Teacher Kentucky’s 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year Hallie Booth wanted to be a teacher since she was little. She was inspired to pursue the calling by her father, a health and physical education teacher, and her mother, a computer technology teacher. Now in her 27th year in education, Booth has served in a variety of roles, including as...

Elementary School Teacher of the Year Ashley Ritchie realized her passion working at a summer camp

Second of three parts By Shelby Stills Kentucky Teacher 2022 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year Ashley Ritchie, a second-grade teacher at Beechwood Elementary School in Ft. Mitchell, is dedicated to engaging her students and loves to make learning come to life with her classroom transformations. Ritchie strives to provide fun ways to learn and shares her ideas with other teachers through...

NKY teachers Ashley Ritchie, Hallie Booth named Elementary, Middle School Teachers of the Year

First of three parts Northern Kentucky teachers Ashley Ritchie of Beechwood Elementary and Hallie Booth of Ballyshannon Middle School have been named the 2022 Elementary and Middle School Teachers of the Year, respectively, by the Kentucky Department of Education. Ashley Ritchie, a 2nd-grade teacher at Beechwood Elementary was named Kentucky’s 2022 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. (Submitted...

Work in progress: Bill banning school mask mandate passes House Education Committee after failing first

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A House bill that would ban a mask mandate in schools failed in the House Education Committee by one vote early Wednesday afternoon but came back to life on a reconsideration vote later in the day during the second day of a special session of the General Assembly. 
While only 11 committee members were in favor during the original roll call vote – one short of the...

KYTC accepting applications for paid Minority Internship Program; deadline to apply November 15

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is paving the way for higher education students who want to gain paid, hands-on work experience and help build a stronger future workforce. The cabinet’s Minority Internship Program (MIP) provides professional development opportunities to minorities, women and others historically underrepresented in the transportation industry. The spring semester application...

Diocese of Covington orders masks for all students, staff and faculty as COVID-19 cases rise across KY

Staff report In a letter of parents over the weekend, the Diocese of Covington said all 37 of its schools would impose mask-wearing for students immediately. As of Friday, three Diocesan elementary and two middle schools had added masks as a precaution, but increasing quarantines at all schools and concern about the long weekend forced the policy change. Superintendent Kendra McGuire said in the letter,...