15 October Advocate

15 October Advocate

October 2015
 
Diminishing returns
Some school districts in eastern and far western Kentucky, along with a sprinkling elsewhere, have suffered from population loss. How have they coped? Their strategies eventually may have to be applied by other school districts, given another demographic trend that’s looming.

Cultural connection
For Clark County’s high school, a new building meant forging a new culture. A program that links groups of 20 or so students with a teacher in three-times-weekly sessions has played a big role in developing that culture.

English learners: online and on track
Pulaski County Schools has improved the reading ability of its migrant students with year-round online learning programs and tutoring. The bonus of the program is that it ended up helping more than the students.
 
 
Twilight of textbooks?
Digital resources like online textbooks and other instructional materials are becoming commonplace in Kentucky schools. Despite the advantages of digital, educators believe that students will still do a fair amount of cracking open paper textbooks.

Click away
The informal setting for KSBA’s Fall Regional Meetings generates a lot of give-and-take, but this year’s sessions take that to another level. School board members are clicking away on hand-held polling devices to guide the association’s future.

Changing of the guard
Kentucky will have a new governor with the Nov. 3 general election. Find out where Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway stand on education-related issues in this special In Conversation With…
 
 
 
 
 
Let's get digital at Paintsville Ind.
Paintsville Independent Schools purchased 185 Chromebooks recently to give the district 225 to use in its classrooms. Paintsville Superintendent Coy D. Samons said the district was able to purchase them through a regional Race to the Top grant. The district is using the devices in its high school (7-12) language arts classes this year along with all of its fifth and sixth grade classrooms. In the next three years, the district plans to have digital devices in all grades 4-12.
 
 
 
In this issue
 
On the cover
Ignacia Barradas (center) uses a laptop with her daughters Lilli (left) and Dennysses. The family has access to the computer thanks to the Pulaski County Schools’ migrant program, which has placed 25 netbooks in the homes of migrant students to assist them in their reading.
 
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
Matt McCarty
 
Account Executive
Mary Davis
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