01-13 People are Talking

01-13 People are Talking

People are Talking

People are Talking
Quotes on education from Kentucky and elsewhere
 
“Our culture is definitely changing in the city. Instead of doing nothing about it, we need to find a way to break down the barriers and provide care for these people.” Beechwood Independent High School junior Jacob Dietz on the work of members of the school’s National Hispanic Honor Society to create a language guide for the community’s emergency responders to use when they are called on to help Spanish-speaking citizens. From the Fort Mitchell Nky.com.

“By offering these workshops before the children even enter school, the students avoid having to play catch-up right from the start and have a much greater chance of success throughout their school years.” Floyd County Schools Superintendent Henry Webb on the board of education’s decision to provide special preschool parent training classes at all of the district’s elementary schools, in addition to the one that received a Toyota “bornlearning Academy” grant. From the Prestonsburg Floyd County Times.

“I learned to definitely listen to and trust my principal and teachers – you can’t always trust social media.” Warren East High School Senior Hannah Conner on the impact of social media postings about an allegedly threatening message scrawled on a bathroom wall that led to 500 of 900 students staying home from school. From the Bowling Green Daily News.

“NCLB has a provision requiring districts to notify parents when students wind up in classrooms without highly qualified teachers. This can happen when a teacher simply isn’t highly qualified or when a long-term substitute steps into a vacancy. Sub teachers cannot possibly be qualified to deliver instruction at the same level as the regular classroom teacher who is specialized in a particular field. For example, most substitute teachers would be unqualified to deliver instruction for a high-level math course. In the event that a long-term sub is needed, we make every attempt to match skills and certification for that classroom, but that’s not always possible.” Clay County Schools Superintendent Reecia Samples on the nonfinancial costs districts face due to frequent teacher absenteeism. From the Manchester Enterprise.

“They’ve done more with less. These types of decisions come with a lot of pain.” Caldwell County Schools Superintendent Carrell Boyd in complimenting principals and other staff for handling personnel reductions as part of reducing the district’s payroll by $288,000 in recent years. From the Princeton Times-Leader.

“The ACT plays a much larger role in the state assessment. Now we know where the students stand. (The mock ACT) is going to enable us to better prepare our kids for the ACT. It will not only help us prepare the group, but prepare (students) individually.” Pineville Independent High School Principal Bill Keyes on how his school created a mock ACT test, right down to sample questions in a timed format in the same room where students will take the exam next spring. From the Middlesboro Daily News.

“The driver can’t cut seat belts for 50 or 60 kids if the bus is aflame or there’s fuel leaking after a wreck. You want to get them off.” Kentucky Department of Education Pupil Transportation Supervisor Roy Prince on one reason why many experts don’t favor requiring safety belts for students on all school buses. From the Louisville WHAS TV News.

“Occasionally, some folks would stick their heels in on the policy. The student is still responsible to learn the material. This gives them credit for their work. We expect that student to learn and do the work to learn. And when they do the work, they get whatever they earn. If a student chooses not to do the work they’re going to get a zero.” Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr explaining a board policy change that set a standard for students with excused absences to earn credit for late work. From the Bardstown Kentucky Standard.

“The Health Department is planning considerable cuts to our nurse program. If we had to pick up total cost, which right now we split that bill, we’re looking at $164,000 or more.” Adair County Schools Superintendent Alan Reed on the potential impact a state Medicaid funding problem could have for his district. From the Columbia Adair Progress.

“For years, people thought math and computation were synonyms. In fact, for years, math instruction meant learning only how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. It meant working with whole numbers, integers, fractions and percentages. It meant meaningless memorization of math ‘tricks’ instead of the mathematical relationships. Although the acquisition of basic math facts and computation is still important, it is less important than it once was because of the development of technology. In the past, schools spent years teaching children to do things that technology will do much more accurately in much less time.” Henderson County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jo Swanson on why the district has made dramatic changes in its math curriculum. From the Henderson Gleaner.

“I just left it in the hands of the Lord.” McCreary County school board member Debbie Gibson on her return to the post after four years when she won a drawing from a hat after tying incumbent Johnny Barnett in the November election.  From the Whitley City McCreary County Record.

Learning from Unbridled Learning

“They really took it upon themselves to put energy into test prep skills, like timing the kids on everyday activities throughout the year. They did that more than any other school, but you better believe we’re doing that across the district now. We had kids in every school who couldn’t complete their reading passages, let alone the full assessments.” Muhlenberg County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Matt Perkins on how the focus on test preparation at Bremen Elementary contributed to its proficient rating. From the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.

“All the quick fixes are gone. When you’re scoring those levels of District of Distinction, those easy solutions aren’t really there. The thing you need to remember is that those other districts (which) are the top districts in the state are trying to shave, hone and continue to improve just like we are right now and searching for everything.” Pikeville Independent Schools Superintendent Jerry Green on what Kentucky’s new assessment and accountability system means to a high-scoring district. From the Pikeville Appalachian News-Express.

“We will be watching and learning. We’re going to steal every great thing they do.” Painted Stone Elementary School (Shelby County) Principal Michelle Shipley on what she and a team of co-workers hoped to gain from spending a day at River Ridge Elementary (Kenton County), a School of Distinction in the first-year state system. From the Fort Mitchell Kentucky Enquirer.

“Our goal is to take a student from wherever they are and to create stepping stones for them in their education that they can grow and be college and career ready. That’s part of the reason why there is no bar too high. We want to not just move them into a category, but beyond.” Dawson Springs Independent Schools Superintendent Charles Proffitt on his district’s focus on the “growth” measurement of the new system. From the Madisonville Messenger.

Point/Counterpoint ... on student Miranda rights notification 

POINT...
“We want students to feel like they are expected to respond when somebody asks them a question at school and that they have to give an honest answer. So we’re gonna create a problem if we don’t provide some limitations on the use of that environment for interrogation purposes for law enforcement.”
Tim Arnold with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy on a potential state Supreme Court ruling.

COUNTERPOINT...
“Let’s let principals do their job and if it needs to be turned over to law enforcement, then do that. But let’s not make principals the enforcers of the constitutional requirement to advise people of their rights if they’re being prosecuted.”
Kentucky Association of School Administrators Executive Director Wayne Young. 

From the Louisville WFPL Radio

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