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Everyday Learning Training

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Tom Martin

EarlyLearningTraining  70% of Kentucky preschoolers are not prepared for kindergarten

“Everything that we’ve learned here today will make a difference in children’s lives.” Charity Johnson was thinking about the preschoolers in her care and the support she discovered one recent Saturday at Louisville’s First Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Charity, owner of Kids ‘R Us Enrichment & Development Center, was among more than 60 preschool directors and caregivers from low-income neighborhoods in Louisville taking advantage of free Early Childhood training offered by KET.

Through the Everyday Learning grant provided by the James Graham Brown and PNC Foundations and in partnership with the National Center for Families Learning and Metro United Way, KET has created an expansive collection of Everyday Learning videos, interactives and classroom activities using original animation and images to introduce basic concepts of math, science, health, social studies and art to students in preschool through first grade.

Each educator leaves a training session with a curriculum toolkit, conveniently organized in binders, offering lesson plans and training materials. “Oh gosh, yeah! Going through and doing lesson plans is a lot of work,” said an excited and relieved Lana Albin, a caregiver at the MiniVersity in downtown Louisville. “This is all put together.”

“We try really hard to make the sessions interactive and fun, letting the teachers participate in some of the activities in the binders so they can see how easy it can be to implement them into their classrooms,” noted Amanda Wright, KET’s Early Childhood Education Manager. “It’s unbelievable how many amazing resources teachers and families just don’t know about. All of these things can be used to get the kids in Jefferson County and across the state ready for kindergarten.”

Kindergarten readiness is a powerful indicator of whether a child succeeds in life. Established reports say 50 percent of Kentucky preschoolers are unprepared for kindergarten. Additional pilot data released by the Kentucky Department of Education, however, indicates the unprepared rate is reaching 70 percent. The KET Everyday Learning training program responds to this disturbing trend, offering childcare providers in under-served neighborhoods the tools and knowledge they need to ensure that they are preparing children in their care to begin the learning process that will carry them through their teens and into adulthood.

At the First Gethsemane session, KET Early Childhood Education Consultant Eamonn FitzGerald led an “Art to Heart” class on the ways music, dance, drama, literature, and the visual arts can capture and inspire young minds and connect with other critical areas of learning. “We’re able to give early childhood providers specific ideas, activities, resources and consumables that they could literally leave the session with and do the activity with the kids they teach.”

“I do see the connection,” said Dr. Annette Bridges, Director of the First Gethsemane Child Development Center. “This gives a foundation for early math, literacy; not just physical and fine motor development but self-concept and social/emotional development.”

Caregivers each left the day’s training sessions with a tote bag bulging with materials including books, construction paper, dancing scarves and other tools. In all, more than $5,000 worth of materials was provided.

Charity Johnson has experienced her fair share of preschool caregiver training programs. “If it was a one out of ten, “she said of the KET Everyday Learning program, “ I would definitely give it a ten.”

For more information go to KET Early Childhood Education Professional Development.

2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Tom Martin

PBSLM Digital InnovatorsKentucky educators who excel at using technology and digital media to support student learning are being encouraged to enter to be named a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. KET and PBS have announced the 4th annual program in which K-12 teachers and administrators are recognized for their creative use of digital media in the classroom.

“KET is an efficient and effective partner in K-12 education, providing engaging media resources for every Kentucky classroom,” said Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO. “We’re especially proud to recognize and partner with innovative educators who are using digital media in order to improve student achievement.”

PBS LearningMedia, provided in Kentucky as a part of KET EncycloMedia, offers digital tools on-demand for educators, including more than 3000 resources produced by KET as a leading national producer. In Kentucky, over 85,200 teachers, parents, students, and educators have viewed more than 1.8 million resources since 2013.

All educators who meet the entry requirements, follow the guidelines and submit their application to the Digital Innovators Program will be rewarded with year-long professional development opportunities. These include virtual trainings on digital best practices, access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia, invitations to special events, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities and ongoing support from KET’s education consultants, who provide hands-on digital media training to teachers statewide.

The call for entries closes February 8, 2016. Educators should submit a 60- to 120-second video to showcase their innovative use of digital technology in their classroom to inspire students. Entrants should also complete a profile and answer two essay questions. The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators’ application is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators.

A panel of esteemed judges will select one educator from each state throughout the U.S, its territories and the District of Columbia as Lead Innovators. The Lead Innovators will receive a three-day, all-expense paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Attendance at these conferences will provide the Lead Innovators the opportunity to meet with and listen to renowned speakers, experts and educators like themselves, to discuss technology in the classroom and learn how to maximize the benefits of using new technologies in the classroom. All Lead Innovators will receive a Samsung Galaxy(R) tablet.

Kentucky’s 2015 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators are:

·         Susan Cintra, Madison Central High School, Richmond (Lead PBS Digital Innovator)

·         James Allen, Oldham County High School, Goshen (Local PBS Digital Innovator)

·         Jennifer Montgomery, Eminence Independent Schools, Eminence (Local PBS Digital Innovator)

·         Kate Wintuska, Jody Richards Elementary School, Bowling Green (Local PBS Digital Innovator)

The 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will be announced in March. For more information on KET’s PBS LearningMedia service in Kentucky, visit www.ket.pbslearningmedia.org

Kentucky Bio: Natural Diversity in the Commonwealth

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Tom Martin

KentuckyBio

From the Appalachian mountains in the east to the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in the west, Kentucky’s varied and wondrous landscape is home to some of the most unique organisms in the world. Kentucky Bio: Natural Diversity in the Commonwealth, introduces students to the natural world around them, why it matters, and the ways in which they can make an impact. KET developed this eBook through a grant from The Ryan Fund of the Green River Area Community Foundation and The Pentair Foundation.

Check out Kentucky Bio collection on our PBS LearningMedia service, to access the online epub file and link to download the full iBook file.

Check out Kentucky Bio collection on iTunes U, to download a sample of the ebook. From there, you can access a link to download the full iBook file to your iPad or Mac computer.


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