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NKU Professor Joan Ferrante creates collaborative book about the pandemic; students help with editing

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Northern Kentucky University sociology professor Dr. Joan Ferrante woke up one morning when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit and thought that she and other professors needed to give students a response from their disciplines to the pandemic. Ferrante recruited 24 professors on a first-come-first-serve basis to have them each write an essay about the pandemic from...

Thomas Clark Foundation offering free workshop for teachers on Black history and culture

The Thomas D. Clark Foundation will offer teachers a professional development workshop on Black history and culture via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 18. While it’s especially relevant for history and social studies, the workshop is for teachers of all grade levels and subjects. The free workshop also is open to education majors at Kentucky colleges and universities. Participants will...

Prichard Committee offers steps to improve teacher preparation, student reading, math outcomes

Ahead of the 2021 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly, a Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence task force has released recommendations aimed at improving educator preparation and professional learning in the Commonwealth. The Prichard Committee convened the Task Force on Educator Preparation and Professional Learning: Literacy and Numeracy for Primary Grades earlier this year...

Gateway graduate Lynda Breeden accomplishes ‘family goal’ of earning college degree

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Lynda Breeden knew the names of at least 500 kids when she worked as a school cook for seven years and manager for eight years at Dry Ridge Elementary. Eventually, she sought out a higher position, but the only thing holding her back was an associate’s degree. “I figured if I were going back to college then I would go back and do something I would really love...

UK College of Communication and Information utilizes clear face masks to create normalcy

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky Thanks to an innovative teaching idea from University of Kentucky faculty in the College of Communication and Information, students were able to experience a sense of normalcy in their public speaking and writing courses — with the help of clear face masks. One of these faculty members is senior faculty lecturer Allyson DeVito, who turned her CIS 112 final presentation...

Voices from the Classroom: Beechwood third grader, Ellie Groene, says farewell 2020 and welcome 2021

Hello, 2021! I am so excited to meet you. I know that 2021 will be the best year yet. Ellie Groene 2020 was a hard year for all of us. It wasn’t all bad though. If I think about everything I still had instead of what I missed, there was really a lot of good, too. I really missed being at school, but I still got to learn at home. Even though I didn’t get to see them in person much, I still got...

UK faculty, staff send spirit-lifting postcards to connect with first-year students returning for spring

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky This holiday season, the University of Kentucky is looking to lift the spirits of first-year students returning to campus for the spring semester. Organized by the Office for Student Success and Institutional Research, Analytics and Decision Support (IRADS), UK staff and faculty volunteers from across campus are participating in a postcard-writing campaign...

New COVID-19 safety requirements in effect for child care providers include masking policy updates

New requirements that help ensure child, family and staff safety during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency are in effect for Kentucky child care providers. The new regulation, which was filed by the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), on Dec. 10 and took effect immediately, enhances other requirements for all regulated...

Newport schools’ Jennifer Michael inducted into 2021 Kentucky Women in Education Leadership program

Newport Intermediate School Assistant Principal Jennifer Michael has been inducted into the 2021 cohort of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL), a statewide program designed for women working in public education to strengthen or advance their careers.    Chosen through a competitive application process based on specific leadership criteria, Michael will join other leaders and some of...

Allison Stacy: Maintaining a good work-life balance — and being a good teacher and a good parent too

I started teaching right out of college and was only 22-years-old. Reflecting on my 22-year-old first-year-teacher self always makes me cringe slightly, but that version of me is where this story begins. I worked one or two days a week at a consignment shop for my first three years teaching, until I became pregnant with my first son and I decided one job was exhausting enough. While working at the...

Amanda Bell: The Top 10 things I am most grateful for as a teacher in 2020

10. Spring break and my summer “off.” That’s the obvious one, right? Teachers are “the lucky ones” with three months a year to relax and recharge! I mean, ya know, when I’m not attending extra professional development classes, teaching a course at my local university, reflecting on what worked and what didn’t to plan better for the following year, cleaning and moving the furniture around...

Jefferson County elementary student’s book provides child’s perspective on dealing with pandemic

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Prisha Hedau had no plans of writing a book. The Lowe Elementary (Jefferson County) student was like many Kentuckians, tuning in to Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press conferences to learn more about the ever-evolving world she was living in. The governor’s messages inspired Prisha to tell her own story. As an only child, it was hard...

Lisa Dieso named new head, executive director of Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy

The Board of Trustees of Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy (NKMA) announces the appointment of Lisa Dieso as the school’s new Head of School/Executive Director effective August 2021. Dieso is NKMA’s current Director of Academics and the director of the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education (GCCME). Lisa Dieso “Lisa Dieso is highly regarded within the Montessori Community and is...

KDE releases school reopening guidance for January; in-person classes may resume January 11

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released guidance Friday on reopening schools for in-person instruction in January 2021, accompanied by a new executive order signed by Gov. Andy Beshear. Beshear’s previous executive order, issued Nov. 18, allowed students to return to classrooms as of Jan. 4. The Dec. 18 order sets standards for reopening and recommends...

Carroll County iLead Academy team is finalist in national Rural Tech Project competition

A team from iLead Academy in Carrollton (Carroll County) joins teams from four other states as a finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project. iLEAD Academy, which is run by the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), will develop model computer science education career pathways. OVEC also received a $4 million Education Innovation Research grant for a groundbreaking effort...