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4:15 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Gov. Beshear Supports Prichard Committee's Parent Institutes

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Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday he’ll make a concerted effort to support the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership offered by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Prichard has hosted the program for several years, educating and mentoring hundreds of parents to become involved in their child’s education.

At its inception on the late 1990s the organization offered up to six institutes, but it was being supported by national foundations, said Prichard Committee’s Bev Raimondo who helped create the parent institutes.

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Education
7:53 am
Mon November 19, 2012

JCPS Students Better Prepped for Kindergarten, but Screening Needs More Research

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More Jefferson County Public Schools students entering kindergarten are prepared than the state average, but local educators say whether that translates to higher student achievement scores on state assessments is inconclusive.

Over 100 Kentucky school districts piloted the new Brigance kindergarten readiness screener this year. The results show statewide around 25 percent of students are school-ready when looking at various academic and cognitive factors. 

In JCPS, 34 percent of students are school-ready, according Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hesley.

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Education
10:51 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Four Kentucky Universities Agree to Use "Shopping Sheets"

This is an example of what students will receive from a university/college where they're enrolled or where they're applying.

Four Kentucky universities will begin using a standardized financial aid letter aimed at helping students and parents better understand the costs of higher education.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Louisville's University of Phoenix campus have agreed to use the “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.”

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Education
7:38 am
Fri November 16, 2012

JCPS Elementary Showcase This Saturday

Jefferson County Public Schools’ elementary showcase will be held Saturday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The annual event allows parents and students to meet with staff and be introduced to various programs and schools where they’re eligible to apply.

Attendees will also have a chance to ask transportation and student assignment questions.

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Education
12:12 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Report Touts Kentucky's Education Data Improvements

A report released Thursday by Washington-based Data Quality Campaign shows Kentucky has made progress in using data to improve student achievement.

The “Data For Action 2012” report touts Kentucky as a leader for its longitudinal data system, which refers to data that can be tracked from kindergarten to career.

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Education
2:47 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

SWAT Situation Leads to Re-Routed JCPS Buses

Update: The standoff between SWAT and a man holed up in an East Market house is reportedly over. The Courier-Journal reports a dead body was found inside the house that caught fire during the stand off. The identification of the body has not been made available.

Update: Because of the SWAT situation, Lincoln Performing Arts School has canceled all evening activities.  

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Education
1:23 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Louisville Creates Charter to Improve Out-Of-School Programs

Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Metro United Way President Joe Tolan sign the charter agreement.

Louisville has formed a new council to oversee the improvement of out-of-school programs offered throughout the city. 

The partnership announced Tuesday responds to recommendations from the Violence Prevention Task Force, which were made public last month.

Mayor Greg Fischer was joined by Metro United Way and Jefferson County Public Schools officials to announce the city’s new Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council Charter.

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Education
2:02 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

U of L Hosts Technology Leadership Program, JCPS Participates

Hundreds of students from around Kentucky will be at the University of Louisville’s Swain Activities Center Tuesday for the 2012 Student Technology Leadership Program.

STLP was launched in 1994 and the regional competition has been held at U of L for over a decade. Students will show ways they’re using technology in leadership roles to serve their communities.

“You can really get a sense of how in touch with technology kids are today,” said Stephen Swan, a term instructor with instructional technology at U of L’s College of Education.

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Education
12:12 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Chinese schoolchildren during lessons at a classroom in Hefei, east China's Anhui province, in 2010.
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Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 2:17 pm

In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math class.

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Education
12:07 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

EKU Presidential Search Moving Forward

A consulting team hired to help with the search for a new Eastern Kentucky University president is on campus this week.

Current President Doug Whitlock is retiring effective next summer.

“The role of these consultants is not to select our next president rather they’re gonna help ensure that the search and the selection process is managed effectively and that we achieve our goal in securing the next best president for the university and the future of the institution,” said EKU Presidential Search and Screening Committee Chairman Craig Turner.

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