KET Education Year in Review

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I want to take a moment to celebrate the amazing work of the very talented group of folks at KET who are working hard every day to deliver current, relevant, high-quality, and standards-based resources to you. This has been an incredible year. It’s truly an honor to be a part of the KET family, and I am constantly reminded how blessed I am to be among such intelligent, caring, and productive talent.

Steve Shaffer, Photographer

Our Education Division grew over the past couple of years to now include: Arts; Early Childhood; Adult Education and Workforce Training; KET’s Enterprise; and Health and Outreach. Each was formerly either its own or tucked into another division at KET, but we have joined forces to provide an even stronger team focusing on education in Kentucky. We are both sad and happy to announce that Darlene Carl and Kathy Day retired at the end of 2011. They will be greatly missed, and we wish them the best.

I have listed below the resources that we have released in 2011, and I am sure I am leaving something out. Just so you know, 2012 is looking to be an even bigger year for us and you. There are many more resources in development (I have dropped a few hints below) that will blow us all away.

Within KET Teachers’ Domain (soon to become PBS LearningMedia), KET has added many collections of instructional media, including interactive games, videos, and images. We have also added more to our selection of self-paced, interactive professional development modules.

These instructional media resources can be found in KET Teachers’ Domain:


There were more videos and interactive games added to Everyday Science, which is a KET special collection that uses original animation and wonderful visual images to introduce basic concepts in science to young children.

KET Image Bank features images that are free for use in the classroom or in educational presentations or reports.

KET STEM Collection consists of STEM instructional resources that focus on all things Kentucky. Teachers and students have access to video and images from award-winning KET programs, with educational support materials developed in line with state academic standards. Topics include life sciences, geometry, and biology.

Tunneling for Water These four videos, produced by the Louisville Water Company, for grades 4-6 document the creation of four wells and a mile-long tunnel that use riverbank filtration to supply water to homes and businesses.

Water Solutions, two sets of eight videos, explores how to prevent and mitigate non-point-source water pollution. The first set (for grades 4-12) focuses on Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, located near Louisville, Kentucky, and how its “green” Visitor Center helps protect and conserve water. The second set of videos (for grades 6-12) focuses on the problem of acid drainage from abandoned Kentucky coal mines.

Arts/Social Studies

Learn history with the arts!

African/African American Culture – music, dance, and storytelling.

Arts in the Renaissance – music, dance, and drama.

Learn about The Civil War Era through dance, music, drama, and visual art from the Civil War era.

Drama Based on Historical Characters is a collection of video segments that provides examples of drama based on historical characters: Angus Augustus Burleigh, Civil War Soldier; George Rogers, Lucy, and William Clark; Henry Clay; and Jemima Boone.

Early America teaches early American culture through storytelling, music, and documentary.

Watch this collection of videos about Japanese Culture through aesthetics, drama, and music.

Learn about Kentucky Appalachian Culture through music, dance, and storytelling.

Study Native American Culture through music, dance, drama, and visual art from a variety of cultures, ranging from traditional stories and dances to contemporary artistic works.

Side note: The KET Arts Toolkits have been aligned to the social studies standards, and this KET Arts Social Studies Toolkit is currently being piloted by teachers across the state. There will be announcements as to when these will be available to all.]

World Languages

Languages and Culture: Spanish

Professional Development: Self-Paced Modules

Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning K-12 teachers, SBDM members, and administrators.
Program Reviews: Purpose, Process, and Practice PD modules were added to this collection, which is also the home of Transforming Education in Kentucky. More to come in 2012: Operation Preparation; Formative Assessment; and New to Kentucky (with the Education Professional Standards Board).

Increasing Physical Activity in Schools for elementary teachers across the curriculum.

Using Scale City to Teach Proportional Reasoning for middle school math teachers.

Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning for teachers of all levels.

Resources for WorkKeys and GED Preparation

Applied Mathematics
Locating Information
Reading for Information

GED Geometry Professional Development

KET Distance Learning Updates

  • Arts in Culture: History and Appreciation of Visual and Performing Arts is now offered to Kentucky high school students.
  • More labs have been added to the incredible Virtual Physics Labs, which have become a national hit, as are the physics courses.
  • German and Latin courses continue to reign in students across the nation, and the personal stories about how our distance learning courses have changed their lives are truly heart-warming.

We also added some new programs to KET ED On Demand.

School Multimedia Production

Our 2011 Summer Multimedia PD Days were held on July 12-13th. Once again, teachers, administrators, and others from all over Kentucky to participate in our fun day of workshops, resources, and food. We added quite a few new topics in 2011, and are currently planning the 2012 event. There will be even more to offer. In addition, we added more workshop titles to our Media Lab offerings. You can also now upload your own and your students’ videos to our KET School Video Project. New videos are added by teachers across the state each day, and it has been refreshing to watch what Kentucky students are producing in the schools.

Ongoing projects/series

There have been new programs added to our KET Health Initiative, such as the popular new series, Heath Three60: Explore important health issues in Kentucky from a fresh perspective by watching KET’s Health Three60 series. The hour-long programs, hosted by Renee Shaw, present three sides of an issue in 60 minutes through a mix of studio and documentary segments.

New episodes of our ongoing News Quiz series continue to be very popular in 4th-8th grade classrooms across the state. Education Matters, now beginning its third year, continues its success in keeping Kentuckians informed about current trends and issues in education. Reel Visions, a KET series that showcases independent filmmakers in Kentucky, is still wowing the audience and putting some very talented artists in the spotlight.

And if you don’t think that’s enough, you can also now find KET programming on Kentucky iTunes U.

KET held two events for families and kids: KET Kids Family Fun Day and KET SciPhy Saturday. They both resulted in a huge turnout, and it couldn’t have been so successful without our wonderful KET Friends and volunteers.

For 2012: School gardening, multimedia production PD, PBS LearningMedia, and much more!

Happy new year!

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