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Before ‘Zoom’ became a noun, retired Beechwood principal was Kentucky’s distance learning pioneer

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky While video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet are the talk of 2020, Kentucky students have been using technology to learn at home for 63 years. And Wilma Howard Klein — the retired principal of Beechwood Elementary in Fort Mitchell — is the “grandmother” of distance education. The University of Kentucky College of Education alumna conducted...

Voices from the Classroom: Members of the Class of 2020 get a chance to have their say; they speak out

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Elementary School Since March, we have seen our local schools and communities rally around the Class of 2020. We’ve all driven past the signs in the front yards to recognize the seniors. We’ve all posted our own senior pictures with big hair in the 80s to the unforgivable 90s style trends from many moons ago to show support for them. What we haven’t been able to do though...

KDE releases initial guidance on how to restart schools for 2020-21 year amid pandemic

The Kentucky Department of Education has released a new guidance document about questions schools and districts should consider when they are making plans for how to restart school for the 2020-21 academic year. The document – “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools, Initial Guidance for Schools and Districts” – guides school leaders through a variety of questions to consider about: •How...

Kentucky Class of 2020 encouraged to participate in national ‘Graduate Together’ telecast Saturday

Kentucky high school seniors and teachers are encouraged to share their stories and participate in the national “Graduate Together” telecast at 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 16. “Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020,” is a one-hour primetime special that will be aired simultaneously by more than 20 broadcast TV and digital streaming partners, including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. With...

Boone County Schools’ English Language Learner program helps newcomers make the transition

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Boone County Schools is global, having seen a big increase of immigrants from across the world. It has made the transition for newcomers easier with its growing English Learner program which will move from an Academy to a school-based program next year. “The amount of growth that these kids have made blows my mind. I don’t think I could learn this quickly if...

Ryle Principal Matthew Turner named Superintendent of Boone County schools, succeeds Randy Poe

Ryle High School Principal Matthew Turner has been named the next Superintendent of the Boone County School District. Turner has served in education for 29 years, the last 14 as principal at Ryle High, Northern Kentucky’s largest high school with a student population of 2,000. Before that, he served as assistant principal at Ryle, assistant principal at Lloyd Memorial High in Erlanger, and assistant...

Council on Postsecondary Education study shows growing demand for engineers in Kentucky

Offering more evidence that higher education matters, the benefits of an engineering degree will continue to climb in Kentucky over the next decade thanks to growing demand in the job market and competitive salaries, a new report shows. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) released the analysis on Monday, projecting that engineering jobs will increase more than 11.2 percent in Kentucky...

Voices from the Classroom: From every possible perspective, there’s no way to thank teachers enough

By Chris Wright Dayton High School The 2019-20 school year, in many ways, has felt like an out-of-body experience to me. For the past 11 years, the only role that I held in P-12 education has been teacher. This year witnessed a personal dramatic shift as I moved into the roles of parent and administrator. With this, my perspective on teaching has shifted dramatically. I have always been proud to...

Two years early, Kentucky’s public universities hit key targets on STEM+H bachelor’s degrees

Kentucky’s public universities chalked up another win for workforce readiness in 2018-19, surpassing a major milestone for bachelor’s degrees in high-demand STEM+H fields – science, technology, engineering, math and health care. The state’s strategic plan, “Stronger by Degrees,” called on universities to produce at least 6,620 STEM+H degrees annually by the 2020-21 academic year. However,...

CPE seeks students for higher education advisory group; panel to provide insight for policy leaders

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is seeking a diverse group of students to serve on a new advisory panel that will provide insight to policy leaders on key issues within higher education. The Student Advisory Group will offer input on high-level student concerns along with any matters that may not normally rise to the attention of student government or campus boards. The group...

Newport High School announces May 20 graduation — a hybrid in-person and virtual experience

This year’s Newport High School graduation will be a hybrid in-person AND virtual experience thanks to the support of Supt. Middleton and the district, said Principal Heather Orman. Here’s how it will work:   A professional videographer will film each portion of the ceremony in small increments using scheduled appointments and following social distancing guidelines on scheduled days leading...

KCTCS, including Gateway, plans to start fall term on Aug. 17, offering a variety of formats

Beginning Aug. 17, fall term classes at the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will be offered in a variety of formats (barring any further disruption from the pandemic). Gateway Community & Technical College is moving ahead on the system plan. Colleges will offer fully online classes as well as face-to-face classes and some options that are a mixture of...

NKU to honor more than 1,800 graduates at Virtual Commencement this Saturday at 11 a.m.

Northern Kentucky University will honor more than 1,800 graduates at its Virtual Commencement this Saturday. NKU’s Virtual Commencement is the first and largest online gathering in university history. Graduates, families and students are invited to hear congratulatory remarks from President Ashish Vaidya, Provost Sue Ott Rowlands as well as greetings from faculty and alumni. The hour-long ceremony...

CPE’s statewide diversity plan driving Kentucky campuses to narrow achievement gap

In a testament to Kentucky’s statewide diversity plan for higher education, colleges and universities across the commonwealth made important strides in 2018-19 in closing the achievement gap for underrepresented minority students. According to the latest progress report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), bachelor’s degrees conferred to minority students at public and private...

An open letter to Kentucky Public School Families from Education Commissioner Kevin Brown

Dear Kentucky Public School Families, In Kentucky, when someone asks you, “How are you doing?” saying, “I’m fine” is almost a reflex action. These days, however, it’s almost certainly not true. I think it’s safe to say that none of us has truly been fine in the weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic changed all of our lives – and that’s fine. There have been times when I have felt anxious...