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  • Supports Boost Success in Murray

    JANUARY 2019  \\\\\  MURRAY HIGH SCHOOL
    SUPPORTS BOOST SUCCESS 
    Keagin Brooks’ second math class of the day is turning around years of frustration about the subject — not quite understanding algebra basics and growing accustomed to test results that lag behind other subjects. A few hours after her Honors Algebra II class, the 16-year-old junior returns to…

  • Expanding Relevant Challenges in Louisville

    OCTOBER 2018  \\\\\  MOORE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL in LOUISVILLE
    EXPANDING RELEVANT CHALLENGES
    A school with 2,300 students might seem an unlikely place for individual voices to stand out.
    Still, 13-year-olds Abigail Pena Lopez and Jenny Tello Montejo feel encouraged as they discuss the possibilities for proposing a mural to emphasize how the school accepts people of all nationalities. Their…

  • Delivering Pre-k in Clay County

    SEPTEMBER 2018  \\\\\  PARTNERS IN EDUCATION AT BEREA COLLEGE in CLAY COUNTY
    DELIVERING EARLY LEARNING
    Teacher Melinda Morgan’s morning preschool class is in high gear.
    In the manner of accomplished early childhood teachers, she prompts students to think, share, and discover new learning in steady, enthusiastic give-and-take. Reading from an oversized storybook, Morgan keeps two students riveted. “What…

  • Emphasizing Mastery in Trimble County

    AUGUST 2018  \\\\\  TRIMBLE COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH
    MAKING SURE LEARNING STICKS
    In a social studies classroom, a group of teenagers gather for a rare experience in schools — going over material that has already been tested. Having earned scores or teacher referrals indicating a major gap on an important topic, in this case how the United States…

  • Relationships = Achievement in Henderson

    JULY 2018  \\\\\  SOUTH HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY IN HENDERSON
    RELATIONSHIPS SPARK ACADEMICS
    Last summer, when Lydia Burnette of Henderson was thinking ahead to fifth grade at South Heights Elementary, she was called in for a special assignment: Casually loiter in the school lobby. Then, when candidates for an open teaching job appeared, approach, welcome them, start chatting, and…

  • Building Academic Champions in Johnson County

    JUNE 2018  \\\\\  JOHNSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
    BUILDING ACADEMIC CHAMPIONS
    What may be the nation’s most acclaimed team of middle school problem solvers has an unlikely headquarters.
    In a former home-economics classroom — still lined with stoves that once introduced teenagers to brownie batter and boiling water — six students spend a February Friday afternoon between a conference…

  • Student Work in Covington

    MAY 2018  \\\\\  GLENN O. SWING ELEMENTARY in COVINGTON
    STUDENT WORK DRIVES IMPROVEMENT
    Third graders in Karissa Pickens’ classroom at Glenn O. Swing Elementary are reading an article about the flu — how to avoid it, or, should a scratchy throat or bleary eyes strike, how to respond to the symptoms. Graphs and tables accompany the piece,…

  • Advanced Academics in Glasgow

    APRIL 2018  \\\\\  GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL
    RAISING THE BAR WITH AN A.P. FOCUS
    Autumn Higgs can imagine herself someday working with animals or children, maybe running her own business. As with many ninth graders, the future seems far from definite. She and her teachers at Glasgow High School, however, have already set an ambitious path leading there. After…