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KDE releases guidance on alternative learning strategies for reopening schools this fall

The Kentucky Department of Education released guidance Monday on ways to safely structure instruction and learning when schools reopen in the fall. The document, “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Alternative Learning Design Strategies,” explores a variety of learning and instruction models for districts to consider that prioritize safety during the pandemic, along with learning progression....

Coleman proposes three changes to education board that will help schools represent all children

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced that at last week’s Board of Education meeting, she proposed three immediate changes that will help schools better represent all the students they serve. “As we have seen over the past week and a half, our society is crying out for change, and as I look into the crowds of people, I notice often it is our young people leading the way,” said Coleman. “Let...

Walk Across Kentucky, a new video experience, allows everyone to journey the Bluegrass from home

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky There’s the long way to walk across Kentucky, striding 449 miles from Hickman on the Mississippi River to Ashland on the West Virginia border. There’s a shorter route, taking the two-mile trail through The Arboretum’s Walk Across Kentucky. And there’s the shortest route: staying at home and taking a virtual walk while watching a new video about the...

Education briefs: Florence honors Poe, retirements at Covington Catholic, Holmes High graduation

The City of Florence Mayor Diane Whalen presented a proclamation to retiring Boone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Poe. Mayor Whalen and Dr. Poe Poe served 37 years in the Boone County Public School system, “earning the admiration and respect of his students, colleagues and the community during his distinguished career.” Poe will retire at the end of June and will become the executive...

Fort Thomas Independent Schools selects Jody Johnson new director of technology and information

Fort Thomas Independent Schools has selected Jody Johnson as the new director of technology and information. He is currently a digital learning coach with the district, a position he has held since 2014. Johnson’s career in education began in 1997 as a technology education teacher at Walton-Verona High School. Through his tenure at Walton-Verona, he advanced to the positions of technology integration...

Thomas More University names Dr. Molly Smith its first provost after national search; starts July 1

Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo has announced that Dr. Molly Smith will serve as the university’s first provost. Smith was selected following a national search. Smith, who assumes her duties as provost on July 1, has served as the interim provost at Stonehill College in Massachusetts since August 2019. Upon her arrival, she will also hold a faculty rank of professor of English. “With...

Discussion continues on shape of school in the fall; legislators hear from educators about challenges

By Sky Carroll
 Kentucky Department of Education At its recent meeting, the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Education heard concerns from superintendents about how to safely but efficiently return to in-person instruction in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Greg Schultz, superintendent of Oldham County Schools, emphasized the importance of in-person instruction, but...

Kentucky campuses lead charge on employability; 13 programs certified for integrating essential job skills

Kentucky colleges and universities are helping shape an innovative effort to prepare graduates for careers and strengthen the nexus between higher education and jobs – another step toward economic recovery amid COVID-19. During the past 18 months, more than a dozen college programs in Kentucky serving more than 3,000 students have completed a new and rigorous certification process that requires them...

Plans in works to open schools in fall, despite some concerns that guidelines make it impossible

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Some Kentucky school superintendents say they wouldn’t be able to reopen schools under suggested state guidelines that require social distancing on school buses, rely on children to wear masks and will disrupt the normal class structure of upper grades. They voiced their concerns to public-health officials and the state education commissioner in an online...

Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati playwrights offer insight into why they write plays

By William H. McCann, Jr. Special to NKyTribune For most theatre professionals, their world is on hiatus. For the indefinite future theatres are shuttered on Broadway in New York City as well as in large cities and small towns all across America where high school musicals and community theatre productions are the weekend norm. Indeed, actors, directors, designers and crew are largely shut out; only...

NKY Forum presents two ZOOM cafe events, one on COVID-19 and voting, second on COVID-19 and parks

The Northern Kentucky Forum’s focus on the implications of COVID-19 will continue with back-to-back Zoom café events, one at 2 p.m. on June 3 and the next at 2 p.m. on June 4. “While there is an abundance of national and international information about the pandemic’s impact, it can be harder to know how local institutions and leaders are responding to the challenges,” said Forum Board Member...

Covington Partners salutes its mentors, Holmes graduates: Mentor one student, change two lives

The Covington Partners Mentoring Program honors its graduating seniors and their mentors as the Holmes High School Class of 2020 prepares to graduate. But first, a recognition of the leadership of Covington Independent Public Schools, in particular, Superintendent Alvin Garrison, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Janice Wilkerson and Scott Alter, the Board of Education, and Holmes High School co-principals...

NKU breaks ground on student housing project; five-story development scheduled to open in 2021

Pictured left to right: Brian Groneck, Messer Construction Co.; NKU President Ashish Vaidya; Lauren Goodwin, NKU Student Government Association President. (Photo by Scott Beseler, NKU photographer) Northern Kentucky University has broken ground on a new residential building, the first student housing construction on campus since 2003. The five-story, 77,200 square-foot development will fulfill a need...

Interact for Change awards $20,000 in scholarships for local students pursuing careers in health care

To support local students in their pursuit of careers in health care, InterAct for Change recently awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships. Five students received $2,000 nursing scholarships. Applicants were selected based on academic performance, professional aspirations, compassion in caregiving, employment background, financial need and recommendations. Students are listed with their degree...

Newport Board of Education approves college tuition reimbursement of up to $18,000 for teachers

Teachers will receive college tuition reimbursement of nearly $20,000 under a new benefit enacted by the Newport Board of Education. In addition, the board agreed to allow the superintendent to provide four additional emergency days to all employees for the current school year only. In unanimous votes, the Board has approved a college tuition reimbursement of up to $18,000 for teachers to pursue their...