13 September Advocate

13 September Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate
Teachers flip out...
…and so do their students, using a new strategy that turns instruction on its head, reversing and redefining the role of classroom lecture and homework. The technique – called flipping – is just getting started in Kentucky this year.
Practice makes prepared
Administrators and teachers attending summer professional development at Clinton County High School knew a safety drill was to be held, but probably did not expect three hostage situations and two gunmen. It was one of an increasing number of active shooter drills in the state’s schools. 
Innovation with a small “i”?
For all the talk about onerous state regulations hindering school creativity, the systems that received official District of Innovation status bypassed very few of those rules, as it turns out. And, a state education department official said, those districts that did not receive the distinction have more freedom to innovate than they knew.
Wayne County/Monticello Independent merger
Measuring a merger
The expression “hit the ground running” isn’t adequate to describe the way Wayne County Schools leaders had to spring into action following the district’s forced “adoption” of the financially distressed Monticello Independent system. In this case, their feet barely touched the ground.

Getting physical
With a merger-driven grade center reconfiguration, summertime was far from easy as classroom furniture, library books and technology all had to be moved.

Getting emotional
The two districts had a crosstown rivalry that was downright heated at times in the past. How did Wayne County address the emotional side of this merger?

From the magazine
On the cover
North Marshall Middle School teacher Kayla Staley takes a quick look at her smartphone to make sure the Swivl technology she is using to record her math lesson is working. Staley and nearly 30 other middle and high school teachers participated in a weeklong training at Murray State and North Kentucky universities to learn how to “flip” their classrooms.
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.
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David Baird
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