14 December Advocate

14 December Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate
Some students at one elementary school in McLean County don’t have to leave their desks to work off their excess energy. They use small desk cycles to pedal while they learn, and the surprising result is as much behavioral and academic as it is physical.
 
Most of the 13 Kentucky school districts approved to use nontraditional instruction during inclement weather will be pioneers of sorts. How will they provide online instruction? What about students who have no Internet access? These districts are preparing to face these challenges and more.
 
 
How does a high school go from a college and career readiness rate of 34 percent to being No. 1 in the state in that category in just three years? Ballard (County) Memorial High School and its tech center had a plan, and that plan and its results have produced a PEAK (Public Education Achieves in Kentucky) Award.
 
The 2014 school board elections produced a mixed bag – fewer incumbents ran, more new board members will be seated than in comparable years – and some of them are actually former members coming back for more. And as usual, some outcomes were unusual.
 
Everyone in education has a new evaluation system – teachers, principals, superintendents. But what about school boards? While there is no formal process mirroring educators’, school boards can take matters into their own hands to improve their performance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In this issue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Ceron, a second-grader at Livermore Elementary School in McLean County is so focused on her reading that she barely seems to notice she is pedaling a mini cycle under her desk. School officials hope the mini cycles, the first in a Kentucky public school, will help students physically and mentally, and the results so far are promising.
 
About the magazine
The Kentucky School Advocate is published 10 times a year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Copies are mailed to KSBA members as part of their association membership. One additional issue each year is published exclusively on KSBA’s website.
 
Executive Director
Mike Armstrong
 
Member Support/Communications Services Director
Brad Hughes
 
Advocate Editor
Madelynn Coldiron
 
Publications Coordinator
Jennifer Wohlleb
 
Account Executive
Mary Davis
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