Posts Tagged ‘Contest’

2012 OKI Children’s Literature Conference

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting some of KET’s online literacy resources to educators at the OKI Children’s Literature Conference and thought I would share them here as well. The OKI Children’s Literature Conference is a very well organized conference that has taken place every year since 1996. The featured speakers for this year’s event were Loren Long and Gary Schmidt and they were both fabulous presenters. Next year, the theme is The New Face of Non-Fiction: So Much More to Explore! and the featured speakers will be Candace Fleming and Steve Jenkins.

Here are the resources I shared during my session:

Literacy Central This collection includes our new Literacy Plan for Kentucky Interactive and a collection of other videos that illustrate high quality literacy instruction.

Literacy Plan for Kentucky Interactive This interactive is designed to provide, in one location, guidance to educators on the development, implementation and monitoring of literacy plans.

Blue Ribbon Readers The reading strategies used in the Blue Ribbon Readers lesson plans and interactive materials are adapted from the book, 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!, by Susan Zimmerman and Chryse Hutchins.

Between the Lions These segments were selected from Between the Lions, the series that helps kids “Get Wild About Reading!”

Inspiring Middle School Literacy These self-paced online lessons are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic. Each lesson addresses a range of literacy strategies, which are listed in the accompanying teacher’s guide.

Inspiring Middle School Literacy Video In this professional development video from WGBH, teachers, students, and a literacy expert present their perspectives on the use of the self-paced lessons in the Walmart Middle School Literacy Initiative.

PBS LearningMedia PBS LearningMediabrings together the best of public media, produced specifically for educators, from PBS, WGBH, and over 55 public media partners. High-quality content tied to Common Core and national curriculum standards is freely available to all educators as a basic service. There are over 11,000 resources in PBS Learning Media, including many that are literacy related.

The 2013 KET Young Writers Contest Our annual Young Writers Contest  is great opportunity to inspire creative writing in children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. Each year the winning entry  from each grade is showcased on our website. You can actually view thirty-six of last year’s entries as ibooks. You must first download them from here to an idevice.

Congratulations to our 2012 Young Writers’ Contest winners!!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The competition was tough!  We had over 600 entries this year and were happy to receive every one.  Each student who submitted a story received a certificate for participating and the 18 winners, 3 in each eligible grade, received a KET bag full of writing, reading, and art materials.

PDFs of the first place entries can be found here.  Take a look at these delightful stories and consider encouraging the children in your life to enter next year.  It is a great way to cultivate creativity! 

Here is the full list of 2012 winners:

First place: Julia M., Prospect, “The Fairy’s Gloves”
Second place: Joseph F., Whitesburg, “The Hungry Dinosaur Named Fred”
Third place: Abby S., Mayfield, “My Dog Sparky”

First Grade
First place: Eleanor W., Glasgow, “The Elephant Named Elly”
Second place: Nicholas A., Versailles, “Ben and Zink’s Treasure Hunt”
Third place: Jenna H., Independence, “Alliteration”

Second Grade
First place: Becca G., Villa Hills, “My Ruff Life”
Second place: Katherine O., Paducah, “The Artist in Miami”
Third place: Corianna C., Langley, “The Search for Wings”

Third Grade
First place: Jinju S., Lexington, “Once”
Second place: Sarah P., Hillsboro, “Kitty Finds a New Home”
Third place: Natalie M., Louisville, “Marllo the Moose”

Fourth Grade
First place: William D., Lexington, “The Heir of Lion King”
Second place: Graciela G., Villa Hills, “My Transformer Brother”
Third place: Joe G., Taylorsville, “A Vacation to Remember”

Fifth Grade
First place: Alisabeth C., Paducah, “Buddy, the Shelter Dog”
Second place: John P., Louisville, “The Girl”
Third place: Jessica S., Owensboro, “Bob the Alien”


KET’s Young Writer’s Contest

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The 2011 Young Writer’s Contest winners were announced recently and I was proud to learn that a third of the winners came from the Northeast Region of the state! I was able to deliver all the awards to the schools personally. In the case of third grader Maxton Cantrell of Russell Independent , I was able to deliver his award for “Boom, Boom the Cyclops” to him personally in front of his peers. What a pleasure!

The complete list of winners from our area includes the following students:

First Grade
Second Place: Abby Kane, Crestview Hills Elementary, for her story, “Pip’s Desert Adventure”

Third Place: Carlee Oneal, East Valley Elementary School, for her story, “Bunny’s Surprise”

Second Grade
Third Place: Sarah Jane Pease, Hillsboro Elementary, for her story, “Puppy Goes to Dallas”

Third Grade
Second Place: Matthew Kane, River Ridge Elementary, for his story, “The Staircase of Life”

Third Place: Maxton Cantrell, Russell Primary School, for his story, “Boom Boom the Cyclops”

Fourth Grade
First Place: Dawson Adams, Mapleton Elementary, for his story, “How the Barnyard Became Famous”

Congratulations to all!

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