Kentucky Teacher – Nov. 20, 2020

Nov. 20, 2020

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Elena Kamenetzky, a Japanese teacher at Eastern High School (Jefferson County), holds a table while working with her students.

Jefferson County teacher named 2021 National Language Teacher of the Year

For the first time ever, a Kentucky teacher has been named National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Elena Kamenetzky, a Japanese teacher at Eastern High School in Jefferson County, is the 2021 ACTFL award winner.

Read more on Kentucky Teacher.

Two women hug at the front door of a brick house.

A reunion 40 years in the making: How a Louisville teacher helped shape the life of a D.C. attorney

Ana Reyes spent decades hoping to reconnect with her 1st-grade teacher, but a recent encounter with one of her friend’s children made that hope a reality.

Reyes and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 5 years old. Before that, she spent time in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Barcelona, Spain.

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State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education Virtual Meeting: Nov. 19, 2020

Kentucky council on gifted and talented education discusses barriers to equity

Barriers to equity in identifying gifted and talented students still exist in Kentucky’s public schools, members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education (SACGTE) said during their meeting on Nov. 19.

The advisory council sought to identify remaining barriers for discussion, with the intent of finding solutions and equally serving all eligible students.

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School Curriculum Assessment Accountability Council Virtual Meeting: Nov. 17, 2020

SCAAC gets updates on Kentucky’s state assessments, accountability during virtual meeting

Kentucky school districts should continue to plan to assess students in the spring, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)’s School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC) was told during its Nov. 17 virtual meeting.

Leadership from the department met with the council to provide an update on where Kentucky stands in terms of state assessments. While KDE continues to monitor the situation with the U.S. Department of Education (USED), as of Nov. 17, USED has said not to expect waivers in the spring, said Jason E. Glass, Kentucky’s education commissioner and chief learner.

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Gov. Beshear suspends in-person instruction in Kentucky schools beginning Nov. 23



Harlan County teachers write Spanish book for rural students



KET Young Writers Contest open for 2021



Free STEM education program for middle school teachers



NCSS offering scholarships to virtual conference



Blessings in a Backpack, Spartan Kids seeking nominations for Warrior for Kids


Students can save Thanksgiving history with StoryCorps


Student video contest on financial literacy taking submissions


Free webinars on Kentucky financial literacy lessons


Hybrid program available at UofL for teachers who want to be principals


Webinar on educational equity through philanthropy set for Dec. 1


Professional Learning Bulletin Board


Pupil Transportation (UPDATED - September 4, 2020)


Orientation and Targeted Services (UPDATED - September 2, 2020)


Participation Tracking in Infinite Campus


Library Media Center


Class Sizes in Virtual Programs and Courses


Flexibility for Assigning Staff in the COVID-19 Instructional Settings


Guidance for School District Personnel Leave Options, 2020-2021 School Year


Compensatory Education and Extended School Year Services


Daily Participation and Non-Traditional Instruction


Exceptional Learners and Preschool Students


Academic Re-entry, Stage two: Meeting Learners' Academic Needs


Workplace Health and Safety


Facilities and Logistics


Room Capacity Calculator


Kentucky Department for Public Health's COVID-19 webpage


KDE's 2019 COVID-19 webpage


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