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Kentucky Studies

Discover the rich culture of Kentucky through the stories of people, places, and events in this PBS LearningMedia collection. It features Kentuckians who made their mark on history and the places and events that made Kentucky what it is today.

Students in grades six through 12 will learn about the history of bluegrass music, famous Kentuckians like astronaut Story Musgraves and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and travel along the African American Heritage Trail and other fascinating places.

Artsville

Artsville is a town – and animated PBS LearningMedia collection – where learning about the arts takes center stage. Students learn about dance, drama, music and visual arts by visiting the Artsville Dance Studio, attending performances by the Artsville Orchestra and the Artsville Quartet, checking out the Artsville Dog Art Show, and more.

STLP At Home

2020 STLP @Home: Digital Project Online Judging Award Ceremony

The entire 2020 STLP @Home Digital Project Championship awards ceremony was aired May 8.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the state competition – normally held at Rupp Arena in Lexington and hosting around 15,000 students, teachers and family members – was presented virtually.

“My most enjoyable workday of the year is our Kentucky K-12 STLP State Championship because it helps us showcase the importance of education technology and leadership skills to student learning in the classroom, community service and Kentucky’s future,” said David Couch, chief information officer from the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Education Technology (OET).

Digital product creation is part of learning in classrooms across KY. The DPOJ event provides every school the opportunity to share products students are creating — whether it’s part of the daily curriculum or a stand-alone STLP activity.

The STLP Digital Project event provided every school the opportunity to share the products students are creating – whether it’s part of the daily curriculum or a stand-alone STLP activity.

STLP At Home

2020 STLP @Home: State Championship Awards Ceremony

The entire 2020 STLP @Home State Championship awards ceremony was aired May 8.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the state competition – normally held at Rupp Arena in Lexington and hosting around 15,000 students, teachers and family members – was presented virtually.

“My most enjoyable workday of the year is our Kentucky K-12 STLP State Championship because it helps us showcase the importance of education technology and leadership skills to student learning in the classroom, community service and Kentucky’s future,” said David Couch, chief information officer from the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Education Technology (OET).

Twenty out of the original 1,800 STLP school projects were selected by virtual volunteer judges. From those 20 projects, four schools in four different project categories were named state champions.

Kentucky’s 2020 STLP Champions:

  • Dave Sigler Award for the best technical Project: Allen Elementary School (Floyd County) for their Life Saving Vest. This is the third straight state STLP championship for Allen Elementary.
  • K-5 Division: Blake Elementary School (Jefferson County) for their Blake’s L.E.M.O.N.S. Project with a Twist. This is the first state STLP championship for Blake Elementary.
  • 6-8 Division: Ashland Middle School (Ashland Independent) for their No Child Left Behind project. This is the second STLP state championship in three years for Ashland Middle School.
  • 9-12 Division: Fairview High School (Fairview Independent) for their Westwood Hook project. This is Fairview High School’s first STLP state championship.

Apprenticeships: Earn While You Learn

Apprenticeships are a win-win situation for both employers and the apprentices. Employers get a talent pipeline of skilled employees, and apprentices earn money while they learn the skills of the trade.

You can find apprenticeships in a broad range of industries: manufacturing, information technology, healthcare, construction, and more. Employers, employer and labor groups, and trade associations sponsor apprenticeships. They often partner with local colleges to deliver the classroom instruction.

It’s a long-term commitment for both employer and apprentice: An apprentice can expect at least 144 hours of occupation-specific technical instruction and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year over three to five years.

Apprentices earn more money as their skill level progresses. Every graduate of an apprenticeship program receives a nationally recognized credential. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average wage for a fully-proficient worker who completes an apprenticeship is $50,000 annually.

Over 250 modern apprenticeship programs are registered in Kentucky, with over 3,500 apprentices. Find a Kentucky apprenticeship.

KCTCS: The Kentucky Community and Technical College System offers up to 85 apprenticeships around the state and expects to increase that to 400-500 over the next five years. An Associate in Applied Science–Apprenticeship Studies Program is available at four KCTCS colleges: Jefferson, Gateway, Elizabethtown, and West Kentucky. Most KCTCS colleges offer apprentice partnerships with one or more local businesses.

Ky FAME: Ky FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) is a partnership of regional manufacturers that offers earn-while-you-learn, apprenticeship-style programs with competitive wages—several of them through KCTCS colleges.

TRACK: High school students can get started in pre-apprenticeships through the TRACK program. TRACK (Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky) prepares students to enter registered apprenticeship programs after high school graduation.

Cooperative Education: Co-op programs are another type of work-based learning experience. Many Kentucky high schools offer co-op experiences, combining in-school instruction with on-the-job training. Contact your school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) department for more information.

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Magic School Bus

Now available to Kentucky teachers on PBS LearningMedia, Scholastic’s popular series features the exploits of Ms. Frizzle and her class as they take field trips to the solar system, inside the human body, and other impossible locations. While logged in to your Kentucky PBS LearningMedia account, just search “magic school bus” to start watching!

Arts After School

Schools are finding new and creative ways to teach the arts outside of the traditional school day. In the Arts After School collection visit schools across Kentucky that are collaborating with artists in their community to offer arts instruction during after school programs and summer camps.

Media Arts Toolkit on PBS LearningMedia

The Media Arts Toolkit collection includes three sections: In the Classroom, Creating Media Arts, and Media Art Artworks. Watch videos of educators who are using media in the classroom in innovative and creative ways. Find tips on how to start creating media and learn how artists are using media in their artworks.

If you would like a FREE binder with Media Arts teacher materials mailed to you, email your name and mailing address to artstoolkit@ket.org.

2019 STLP Championship: Digital Projects Award Show

On April 18, Students and teams from across Kentucky brought their projects to Rupp Arena in Lexington for the 2019 Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship.

During the afternoon awards were presented for Digital Projects. Digital product creation is part of learning in many classrooms across Kentucky.  The STLP Digital Project event provided every school the opportunity to share the products students are creating.