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KET Recognizes Adult Ed Student and Learning Center of the Year

Friday, June 10th, 2016 by Tom Martin

An Eddyville student and a Sandy Hook adult education facility have been recognized by KET as the Fast Forward Kentucky Student of the Year and Kentucky Learning Center of the Year.


Amanda Isner-Cheek of Lyon County has been selected as the Fast Forward Kentucky Student of the Year for her remarkable persistence in pursuing her educational goals and for her success in using Fast Forward, KET’s GED® test-preparation curriculum.

On June 14, KET Adult Education staff will participate in the GED® graduation ceremony at the Lyon County Adult Education center to recognize Isner-Cheek’s success. Thanks to her studies with KET’s Fast Forward online test-preparation system, Isner-Cheek was able to pass each of the GED®’ test’s four sections – math, language arts, science and social studies – on the first try.

“Amanda had dropped out of school nearly 15 years ago and had managed to enjoy some successes in the working world” but eventually found that “employment was harder to find without a GED®,” said Natalie McPherson, the Lyon County Adult Education coordinator and instructor who nominated Isner-Cheek for the award.


KET has selected Elliott County Adult Education as its Kentucky Learning Center of the Year for its outstanding use of Fast Forward, KET’s GED® test-preparation curriculum.


Based in Sandy Hook, Ky., Elliott County Adult Education provides services such as GED® test preparation, family literacy instruction, English as a second language classes, workforce education and more to adult learners in the region.

On June 8, KET Adult Education staff will hold a ceremony at the center to recognize its students and instructors’ consistent and successful use of Fast Forward. Several of the center’s students have received their GED® certification this year, using Fast Forward as part of their studies.

“KET congratulates Amanda on her determination and success in achieving her GED® certification in order to secure a strong foundation for her chosen career,”  said Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director and CEO. “And we are thrilled that KET’s Fast Forward has been utilized so successfully in Elliott County to help learners there obtain a GED® credential as a critical first step in achieving their dreams.”

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Eighteen Kentucky teachers named 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Tom Martin

PBSLM Digital InnovatorsEighteen Kentucky teachers have been selected to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program, which is in its fourth year, honors tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who serve as leaders in the use of educational technology and incorporation of digital media into their classrooms.

Educators were selected based on submission of videos and written essays that addressed how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement.

Kentucky’s 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator is:
James Wampler, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville

“Digital Innovation is important in today’s classrooms because students need exposure to proper utilization of technology to connect them in relevant, engaging and information-rich ways to the real world that they live in,” said Wampler, who teaches eighth grade science. “I’m really looking forward to meeting representatives from other states to see how they are using technology as a tool for student engagement and growth.”

Additionally, seventeen Kentucky educators were identified as Local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators:

Jamie Chenault, Lakewood Elementary School, Cecilia

Sara Byron, Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville

Lori Corbin, Webster County High School, Dixon

Savannah Denning, Lincoln Elementary School, Franklin

Kristie Ennis, Waggener High School, Louisville

Nicole Glover, Louisville Collegiate School, Louisville

Carrie Gupton, Meade County High School, Brandenburg

Stephanie Hagan, Saint Athanasius School, Louisville

Willa Johnson, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, McRoberts

Justin Kirby, Adairville School, Adairville

Amy Madsen, George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester

Melissa Metcalf, Foley Middle School, Berea

Sam Northern, Simpson Elementary School, Franklin

Jessica Pass, Boone County High School, Florence

Sarah Shartzer, Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville

Jennie Watkins, Corbin Intermediate School, Corbin

Denise Webb, Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Louisville

The 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities and more. Kentucky’s PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their communities from KET.

In addition, the 52 Lead Digital Innovators will receive an 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.

“KET congratulates these talented Kentucky teachers for their use of digital media – like the instructional resources KET produces – to engage students and make a real difference in the classroom,” said Nancy Carpenter, KET’s senior director for education. “They will represent KET and the entire state as they continue to enhance their skills with these one-of-a-kind resources, tools and training from PBS LearningMedia.”

The full list of 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available here.

New study finds first-graders’ math knowledge increases with PBS KIDS’ Odd Squad

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Tom Martin

PBS Kids Odd Squad A new study by WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development and service agency, confirms the positive educational impact of the PBS KIDS series Odd Squad. The series, for children ages 5-8, airs at 4:30/3:30 pm Monday-Friday on KET and weekdays at 6:30/5:30 am and Saturdays at 10/9 am on KET2. The series is also available on demand through the PBS KIDS app.

First-graders’ knowledge of algebraic thinking, as well as of numbers and operations, increased significantly during the study in which the children, their families and their teachers used digital and hands-on resources from the series Odd Squad. Materials used in the classroom by teachers and participating children, and at home by children and their families, included television episodes, online games, video clips and hands-on activities.

Teachers used episodes and related resources from Odd Squad in their classroom instruction. At home, parents were encouraged to watch an Odd Squad episode with their child, then discuss it and do an activity together about the math content in the episode.

Key Findings

  • Over the course of the study, students’ overall knowledge of mathematics in the domains of numbers and operations and algebraic thinking increased significantly
  • In sub-categories of mathematical knowledge, students showed significant and positive pre- and post-changes on their knowledge of skip counting, pattern recognition, and simple addition and subtraction
  • Children who were exposed to the PBS KIDS transmedia resources outscored their comparison group peers
  • Parents’ awareness of their children’s mathematics development significantly increased over the course of the intervention.

The study, “Odd Squad: Learning Math with PBS KIDS Transmedia Content at School and Home,” was conducted on behalf of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the PBS Ready To Learn initiative. More information is available at

This research study is the sixth WestEd study that has analyzed and found positive effects on early learning from PBS KIDS’ television, hands-on activities and interactive content. Previous studies have demonstrated the learning impact of other PBS KIDS series, specifically, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Sid the Science Kid and Curious George.

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