It’s Not Enough To Talk About Equity. You Have To Do Something, Too.

By the time I graduated college, I was well-versed in all sorts of teacher talk about equity and social justice. I had gotten into books like Pedagogy of the Oppressed and The Dreamkeepers, and they were basically my law and gospel. I thought the wisdom they imparted alone would be all I needed to close the achievement gap by myself.…

Bring Student Voice Back To Kentucky

Although Kentucky has now dropped this practice, one informal factor of teacher evaluations used to come in the form of student voice surveys. The surveys were introduced back in 2013 as part of Kentucky’s new professional growth and evaluation system (PGES), designed to make sure that teachers are growing in their skills and being held to high standards. As the…

‘Tough Kids’ Need Love Too

For twenty years I worked in traditional school settings — “normal” elementary and middle schools. Then it all changed. I was sent to work at our district’s alternative learning center. I had heard about the ALC. That’s where the “bad” kids were sent. The kids that bullied others. The kids that brought weapons to school. The kids that made bomb threats.…

Hey NBC, Here’s ‘The Rest Of The Story’ On Charter Schools

Paul Harvey was a well-known radio broadcaster with the ABC Radio Networks. Toward the end of World War II, Harvey began incorporating a series of bits called “The Rest Of The Story” in his broadcasts. Harvey would introduce a different topic in each bit, spicing up each story with quirky narration and little-known facts. He would close each show with…

Franklin County Court Rules Pension Reform Bill Unconstitutional

Kentucky’s controversial pension reform bill, Senate Bill 151, has been declared unconstitutional. WDRB reports that on Wednesday, Franklin County Court Judge Phillip Shepherd declared Senate Bill 151 void, ruling that the bill failed to meet procedural requirements set forth by the state Constitution. The controversial bill was initially passed and signed into law by Governor Bevin earlier this spring, and…

If You Want Great Schools, Build Great School Climates

Seeds don’t grow in bad soil. It doesn’t matter how much water or sunlight you give them or how much you drown them in Miracle-Gro. If you plant a seed in rocky soil, don’t expect much to happen. School climate — characterized by high expectations, positive relationships, student engagement, and more — is the soil that can make or break student performance.…

Here’s How A Supreme Court Decision Could Lead To Another Wave Of Teacher Protests

We saw what happened back in the spring when “pension reform” was all the buzz in Kentucky. Teachers got a sewage bill, Frankfort got a whole lot of protesters, and Matt Bevin got sued. Teachers unions like the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) were critical opponents of that debacle in this year’s General Assembly, and now, they are bracing themselves yet…

Kentucky Valedictorian Tricks Audience With Trump Quote – Just Kidding, It’s Obama

The school year has wrapped up almost everywhere in the Bluegrass State, and naturally, outgoing seniors enjoy taking the opportunity to say one final goodbye to the high schools they’ve called home for the past 4 years. Enter Bell County’s Ben Bowling, the valedictorian of Bell County High School’s Class of 2018, who had his own unique way to bid…

Live From Rural Kentucky, It’s The Belief Gap!

Mass media has an unmistakable impact on our impressions of people and places. Take, for example, shows like Baywatch and 90210, which color our perceptions of Los Angeles. When I think of the City of Angels, I see endless sunshine, luxury, and Kardashian-esque mansions. When I think of The Big Apple, songs like Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and Alicia…

This Is LeBron James’ Greatest Achievement

LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet. He is a 3-time NBA champion, a 4-time league MVP, and he’s now been to 8 straight Finals. That means that for nearly a decade, the road to an NBA championship has gone through LeBron. He literally does everything. LeBron scores at will, like a lion on a court of…

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