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[Im]perfect Classroom: Social studies teacher Becky Watkins builds relationships key to teaching success

In an effort to better capture and celebrate the wealth of knowledge and expertise of teachers across the state, NKY’s Kevin Dailey, Kentucky’s Teacher of the Year, set out to interview and observe educators from every corner of Kentucky. The process was simple: find teachers who create classrooms where kids want to be, get to know them and bear witness to what makes them special, then...

New, free curriculum and training will help KY high school students, young adults land aviation careers

As the global demand for air travel continues to grow, the need for aircraft pilots is on the rise. Last year, Kentucky landed a $500,000 Aircraft Pilot Workforce Development Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create a curriculum that will prepare high school students and young adults for professional careers in the aviation industry, including classroom and work-based learning...

Thomas More University names inaugural director of its Center for Faith, Mission, & Catholic Education

Thomas More University has named Hannah Keegan the inaugural director of the Center for Faith, Mission, & Catholic Education. Keegan, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and a master’s degree in theological studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America in Washington,...

Chris Calvert named vice president for administration and finance and CFO of Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University has named Chris Calvert, J.D., the university’s new Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Chris Calvert Calvert has been CFO at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College since 2017. During his tenure at Cincinnati State, Calvert led a financial turnaround from a deficit position to record surpluses and cash flow. “Amidst these...

Thomas More University to host third one-day interactive Women’s Conference on March 15

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Thomas More University invites area professionals to attend the 2024 Women’s Conference on March 15. This one-day, interactive conference on the University’s Crestview Hills campus is designed to enlighten, engage, and challenge women to seek more within their lives and careers. This year’s Conference explores “Our Responsibility to Others” within...

Holmes Middle School brings local history to life in celebration of Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Holmes Middle School has organized an event where students will learn about a significant piece of local history. Rev. Richard Fowler, a prominent pastor and member of the William Grant High School graduating class of 1963, will speak to students about the history of the Lincoln and William Grant Schools. These schools were the only ones that served black students during...

Northern Kentucky University extends merit-based scholarship deadline due to FAFSA delays

Northern Kentucky University is moving the deadline for incoming freshman to accept merit scholarship awards from May 1 to June 1. The decision comes in response to the delays universities across the country are experiencing as the federal government navigates the changes implemented to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In an effort to simplify and streamline the FAFSA process,...

KYOSA report: Families and businesses struggle amid Kentucky’s ongoing school-age child care crisis

A robust child care system that provides a continuum of high-quality care and learning opportunities from birth through school age is essential for meeting the needs of kids and families today. Yet, in Kentucky, the number of families without access is on the rise, according to a new fact sheet from the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA). The need for affordable, high-quality child care does not...

KY superintendents hear about new statewide literacy coaching model to be implemented next year

Kentucky superintendents heard updates on the statewide literacy coaching model during the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Superintendents Webcast Tuesday. Following the passage of Senate Bill 9 (2022), the Read to Succeed Act, KDE is charged with building a statewide literacy coaching model, which will be implemented beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. To support this work, the KDE Division...

Kentucky’s childcare providers face and uncertain future when federal funding expires in September

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Childcare providers in Kentucky are bracing for severe funding cuts when $330 million in annual federal funding expires in September. A recent survey of hundreds of child-care directors in the Commonwealth shows most expect to raise tuition rates and cut staff pay. Research shows kids who have access to early childhood education are more likely to go to college,...

Teacher of Year Kevin Dailey of NKY reports on KDE project to find what makes good classrooms

Kevin Dailey, the 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and a social studies teacher at BallyShannon Middle School, provided an update on his ambassadorship with the Kentucky Department of Education at a recent board meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. Dailey began a six-month ambassadorship with KDE in January, where he plans to work on a project studying the idea of the perfect classroom, or...

KY students urged to be patient during delays processing new FAFSA financial aid form

By Dr. Aaron Thompson, Mason Dyer and Jo Carole Ellis Special to NKyTribune If you’re thinking about college next year — as a high school senior or parent, or as an adult wanting to go back to school — you’ve probably been told that filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA, is a crucial step on the road to a degree or credential. That is unequivocally true. FAFSA is...

Nominations are now open for KBE’s 2024 Karam Award for Excellence in Education Policy

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Karem Award for Excellence in Education Policy. The award, named for former board chairman David Karem, recognizes a state policymaker, education leader or citizen who has made notable, state-level contributions to the improvement of Kentucky’s public education system. (Photo from KDE) Criteria for the award include: •...

KDE celebrates 103 new board certified teachers, the nation’s 10th-largest class, during pinning ceremony

Kentucky recognized 103 teachers newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) during a Thursday ceremony. Kentucky has the 10th-largest class of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the country, and the Commonwealth now has 4,373 NBCTs overall. This year, 253 Kentucky educators opted to renew their certification as well. “National Board Certified Teachers...