Early Learning: A KET Forum

Research has shown that a child’s brain develops more from birth to age five than at any other time in their life. Brain development during those critical years has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and in life.

Children without access to quality child care and early learning experiences may enter Kindergarten unprepared.

To discuss what’s being done in Kentucky to ensure that children aren’t being left behind, KET’s Renee Shaw hosts a town hall-style conversation about the importance of early childhood education with lawmakers, policy makers, educators and early childhood care providers.

The program also includes video segments highlighting the importance of early childhood education and parents’ perspectives on the value of early educational experiences for their children.

2019 STLP State Championship Award Ceremony

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.

STLP encourages students to solve school and community needs using technology. The students presented their projects to panels of judges who looked at their creativity, their ideas, and the results that were gathered.

The Best in State projects will represent all of K-12 STLP and Kentucky Department of Education at the International Society for Education Technology (ISTE) conference this summer.

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun

This documentary explores the life and legacies of E. Lucy Braun, one of the foremost botanists and ecologists in American history. The film features interviews with scholars (some who worked with Braun), rare archival photographs, and historical reenactments. Important history in ecology, the fate of virgin forests, and successful preservation of natural spaces are highlighted.

The Force for Nature: Lucy Braun education website from the producers of the film includes information about educational uses.

The Dr. E. Lucy Braun educational website from the Cincinnati Museum Center features educational resources for viewers, teachers and students developed by the production team and staff members from the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. Lesson plans cover a wide variety of topics in science, social studies, history, language arts and math and are appropriate for upper elementary grades through high school.

Credits and more about the film.

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex | Connections with Renee Shaw

Renee Shaw speaks with Sharon Price and Melissa Tibbs from the Community Action Council in central Kentucky about early childhood development. They discuss the Community Action Council’s role in helping low-income families and their plans to use a multi-million dollar grant to expand their Head Start programs as well as other offerings, such as family literacy. Next, Renee speaks with Alice Nelson with First 5 Lex – Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten, that was developed by Fayette County Public Schools in partnership with early childhood professionals in response to concerns about school readiness.

Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read and how caring adults can help.

The website provides free resources about teaching children to read and helping kids who struggle. You’ll find hundreds of articles on teaching reading, classroom strategies, in-classroom video, parent tips in 11 languages, video interviews with top children’s book authors, a daily news service, and much more.

The Launching Young Readers video series explores the stages of reading that every child goes through. Hosts like Morgan Freeman and Henry Winkler bring it all to life.

Pathways for Tomorrow’s Workforce: A KET Forum

By the year 2020, it’s projected that 62 percent of the jobs in Kentucky will require at least some postsecondary education or training.

Pathways for Tomorrow’s Workforce: A KET Forum explores how Kentucky’s K-12 public education system is helping students successfully prepare for their transition to postsecondary college or career.

Hosted by KET’s Renee Shaw, the one-hour, town-hall forum features a panel of education and workforce leaders who discuss the state’s efforts to prepare students for careers and life beyond school.

Panelists include:

  • Wayne Lewis, Kentucky’s interim commissioner of education
  • Beth Davisson, executive director of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Center
  • Derrick Ramsey, Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development
  • Michael Ford, superintendent of Russell County Public Schools.

Additionally, workforce development strategist Ted Abernathy shares his thoughts on the workforce talent gap facing many states, including Kentucky, while suggesting strategies for how best to close it.

The program explores various best-practices for preparing students for life after high school, including the incorporation of career pathways, pre-apprenticeships and other work-based learning experiences into school curriculums. University of Louisville College of Dentistry student McKayla Hamlin and Daikerra Sweat, a student at Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School, share how the opportunity to explore career pathways has set them up for success.

Viewers also see a thriving pre-apprenticeship program in action in Russell Springs, where Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems has partnered with Russell County High School and the Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center to offer hands-on learning experiences for students.

Filling Kentucky Jobs: A KET Forum

Kentucky faces a severe shortage of skilled workers and falls below the national average in workforce participation. This program spotlights Kentucky’s need for a well-trained labor force. Hosted by KET’S Renee Shaw, the one-hour, town-hall forum includes leaders from Kentucky’s government, education, business and public policy sectors discussing how to address the state’s jobs gap.

Demonstrating Formative Assessment in the Science Classroom: Using the FARROP to Inform Practice Course

Using an observation tool, Formative Assessment Rubrics, Reflection and Observation Protocol, teachers focused on their understanding of the components of the FARROP on their practice in classroom-embedded instruction.

Course participants will watch classroom video of 10 teachers across multiple grade levels and use the FARROP observation tool to observe the instruction and take notes on the teachers’ formative assessment practices.

At the end of the course, learners earn a Certificate of Completion for eight hours of PD and EILA credit.

FRYSC and School Leaders – Partnerships at Its Best Course

In this training, new principals and educators will be introduced to the role of the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers and how they can positively impact your school’s goals and students’ achievement. At the end of the course, learners earn a Certificate of Completion for two hours of PD and EILA credit.

Though only new principals are required to take the course, the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers and the Kentucky Department of Education encourage all principals, guidance counselors, and educators with FRYSCs to take the course. Learners gain a better understanding of the positive impact a vital and active FRYSC can have on school culture and the well-being and achievement of their students and families.

Note: This course was formerly named Principal Training: The Role of FRYSC in Kentucky Schools.