engagEDKY Update

January 11, 2016

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Hello from engagEDKY! (January 10, 2016)

I hope you've enjoyed your time back at school since the holiday break!


Save the Date! Our virtual training session will occur on Saturday, January 30th. More details to come soon!


When you're ready to write or speak about your passions, feel free to email me at katrina.boone@education.ky.gov to start the mentoring process. I’ll work with you as much as you need to see your engagement from inception to completion.


Have a look at the topics and links below—I hope one of them sparks further thought. Reflect on the implications of each on your students, your classroom, your teaching, and your community — then get engaged!

Kentucky Education News


  1. State senators have made education a top priority in this year's legislative session. Read a summary of Senate Bill 1 here, and the full text of the bill here.
  2. This week Bill Gates published a blog titled "How the Tough Got Going in Kentucky," which features the growth of Betsy Lane High School, Floyd County Public Schools, and Kentucky in general.
  3. WKMS (Murray) reported last month that education funding in Kentucky has dropped 12% over the last four years, the 10th largest drop among states.
  4. An editorial from The Lexington Herald-Leader urges legislators in Kentucky upcoming legislative session to think about "Kentucky's record of success-- success that both parties can claim" and to consider that "changes should be thoughtful and based on evidence."

Teacher Engagement in Action

Teacher Blog | Student Voice and Choice

engagEDKY Teacher Danielle Bailey-Ratliff shares how she uses student voice in her classroom and writes about the growing pains she's experienced in her classroom.


Click to Tweet: Danielle Bailey-Ratliff writes about integrating student voice into her classroom #TLKY goo.gl/Gzyogc @studentvoiceKY @engagEDKY

Kentucky Teacher| Confessions of a former fourth year teacher

JCPS Teacher Andrew Beaver writes about his former misconceptions around professional development and his reflections as he continues to grow professionally.


Click to Tweet: @MrAndrew Beaver writes about former misconceptions around PD & how he continues to grow professionally. goo.gl/ciPKlj @engagEDKY

Fellowship and Networking Opportunities

Apply now to be a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. All educators may apply. Deadline: January 29, 2016.


  • Professional Development? Yes.
  • Compensation? Unclear.
  • Travel? Unclear.



Apply now for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program for tech-savvy K-12 educators. Deadline: February 8, 2016.


  • Professional Development? Yes.
  • Compensation? No.
  • Travel? Possibly.


Apply to participate in the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program for early-career leaders of language arts programs K-16. Deadline: February 29, 2016.


  • Professional Development? Yes.
  • Compensation? Complementary registration for NCTE for 2016 and 2017 Conference on English Leadership Conventions.
  • Travel? Yes.



Nominate yourself or a colleague for the America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals. The application will open in January 2016.


  • Professional Development? Yes.
  • Compensation? $3000 + travel expenses
  • Travel? Four trips over two years.

Ready to Engage?

If you’re ready to write an op-ed, blog post, contact your legislator, or engage in some other way, email katrina.boone@education.ky.gov to start the mentoring process.

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Engage on Twitter

Is there education news or teacher engagement in action that we missed? Have a reflection-worthy question you'd like us all to consider? Share it with #engagEDKY on Twitter!