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17 May Advocate

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May 2017
Win some, lose some
Mixed bag doesn’t begin to describe the 2017 session of the General Assembly. But it wasn’t all education reform and charter school bills. We sum up the other measures affecting public education that passed, and those that didn’t.

PEAKing early
Erlanger-Elsmere Independent’s early childhood program grew by the grassroots as the district partnered with Head Start and a nonprofit agency while raising community awareness. The result was more kids served – and a PEAK Award.

Teacher techies
An event Shelby County Schools began three years ago has opened its doors to neighboring school districts, with teachers – and some students – sharing with teachers the new ideas and programs they can use involving technology in their classrooms.

It’s a gift
Warren County’s Drakes Creek Middle School doesn’t take its gifted students for granted. Determined to keep this group of students challenged, the school rearranged its class schedule so they could have a block of time each day.

Expanding arts
Drawing with pastels. Meh. Tempera painting. Meh again. There’s a move in some Kentucky schools to go beyond the traditional mediums in art classes to capture both the interest and creativity of students. This could include metalsmithing or illustrating history or adopting the style of traditional regional artwork.
Paintsville Ind. students take their studies underground
Third grade classes at Paintsville Independent Elementary School spent part of their winter science studies learning about the rock formations and minerals of the geology of Kentucky. In late March, about 50 students, teachers and family members hit the road for a more vivid classroom setting – Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill. The tour is one of several available to Kentucky school groups at
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McCracken County arts teacher Shand Stamper demonstrates using heat to shape a piece of jewelry for students Grace Travis, Travis Cope and Leigh Duncan during Stamper’s jewelry and metalsmithing class. Read more about the class and how more districts are using new and innovative classes to engage students here.
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