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March 4, 2015
LWES, FES AND BES PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN/NORTH EAST HEAD START REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT & GUIDELINES 2015-16
When: April 17, 2015
9:00 - 2:00
Where: Lawrence County Community Center
Inquiries should be directed to the following persons:
LWES Preschool - Debbie Delong 638-4726
FES Kindergarten - Angela Holmes at 686-2351
BES Kindergarten - Shawn Jennings at 652-3624
Northeast Head Start - Linda Sloas at 638-4726 Ext 7024 or 638-9060
Thanks for helping us get your child's education started on the right foot!!!
March 3, 2015
Mutt-i-gree is new teaching tool...
Education students at Ashland Community and Technical College are learning to teach social and emotional skills that can help reduce bullying behavior.
The ACTC students use a puppy puppet that interacts with children as they explore feelings such as anger, sadness and happiness and how to deal with those feelings. The puppet is a teaching tool in the Mutt-i-gree program launched by the Yale University School of the 21st Century to help children learn social and emotional skills.
“Mutt-i-gree is an exciting way to get the attention of the young children,” said Carrie Barker, Assistant Teacher for Northeast Head Start in Sandy Hook. “Their imaginations really work overtime when the puppy is involved in the lesson. The children see the puppy puppet as a real puppy/friend.”
Barker is a student in ACTC’s Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Program and is learning to use the Mutt-i-gree program as a "fun somewhat animated way of teaching children at such a critical developmental stage.”
ACTC faculty members Warren Howard and Robin Johns learned about the Mutt-i-gree program from Norma Meek, an area educational consultant, and they added it to their curriculum last fall.
By working the program into introductory classes and the required observation hours, ACTC students learn this program at the beginning of their educational career. They get to see the program in action by teaching it to children in area classrooms. The children benefit by learning appropriate ways to express their feelings, and the preschool and elementary teachers can observe a new way to promote social and emotional learning.
Warren Howard, Associate Professor of Education, teaches education classes to students who plan to transfer into university education programs and become K-12 teachers. His students taught at Poage Elementary last semester.
According to Howard, the social-emotional domain is extremely important in the early grades and preschool. “We need to teach kids to care about others and deal better with situations that involve or can lead to bullying behaviors.”
“It’s important that we help children learn to manage their emotions and develop empathy and compassion for others,” Howard said. “These behaviors are vital in enabling children to grow up to be calm, confident, and caring individuals who are able to work with others.”
“This experience was critically valuable to me because it made me decide that I wanted to be an elementary teacher,” said Rachel Carrico, an education student who plans to transfer to Morehead State University after earning an ACTC associate degree.
“I had known that I wanted to be a teacher, but I was not sure what age group I wanted to teach,” said Carrico, a 2011 Fairview High School graduate. “As I was teaching the first Mutt-i-gree lesson to the first graders at Poage, I realized that I was definitely in the right field.”
“Children at that age are fun to work with and have an eagerness to learn. You can see how much effort they put into their assignments,” Carrico. “They loved the dog puppet, and wanted to pet it. They treated it as a friend and paid attention to what we were saying really well.”
Although Mutt-i-grees started in elementary schools, it has been so successful that it is being expanded to junior high and high schools. At ACTC, it has also been expanded to pre-school.
Robin Johns, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Program (IECE), teaches students who plan to work in childcare centers. Her students taught preschool classes last semester at Elliott County Head Start, Russell Independent Schools, Louisa United Methodist Church, Summit Church of the Nazarene and ACTC’s Kindercollege.
“Using mutt-i-gees in preschool makes sense because those very young children are learning basic social skills that will stay with them for life,” said Johns. “It is our job as teachers to embrace the whole child, and it is critical that empathy and self-acceptance be developed in early childhood because these are the formative years.”
“We also need to meet a student’s basic need for safety/security, including the absence of worry about being picked on, before learning can begin,” Johns said.
Research on Mutt-i-grees and similar programs has shown improved social, emotional, and problem-solving skills and fewer incidents of violent behavior for student participants.
“I have learned so much from the Early Childhood program that has helped me better understand children,” said Sabrina Laney, a bus monitor at Northeast Head Start who is attending ACTC to get her CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential. “I am in the classroom all the time as a substitute, learning new ways to teach children, and the puppy puppet is a great way to interact with the students.”
‘What would puppy do?’ is asked many times in the classroom after a Mutt-i-grees lesson has been presented. Children can easily identify with an animal, and it's easy for them to transition from how an animal feels if happy, sad or ill-treated to how the child sitting near them feels.
“I’ve seen how well our three and four-year old children respond to the puppy puppet and the lessons,” said Jewell Malik, Director of Boyd County Child Care/Kinder College.
“The Mutt-i-grees program adds an extra special aspect of learning to a child’s overall education. It uses children’s fondness for dogs to help them with social and emotional learning.”
“Using real-life situations and dog-related activities, the curriculum’s goal is to help children be compassionate, caring calm and confident,” Malik said. “These are all skills that will help children at school, with friends, at home, and later in life.”
Fostering positive social–emotional development in young children is as important as developing academic skills, and ACTC education students learn to do both.
ACTC Seeks Faculty Award Nominations
Ashland Community and Technical College is seeking nominations for the 2015 recipient of the Gussler Math & Science Endowed Chair Award.
Established in 2007 through a gift to the college Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding full-time math and science faculty who have made a difference in the lives of their students.
Faculty eligible for this year’s award include Dr. Alan Alley, Richard R. Conley, Nicole Griffith-Green, Frances Martin, Jame McCumbee, Dr. Aschalew Mengistu, Hossein Mohebbian, Mark S. Riggs, Dr. James C. Schmidt, Cynthia Shelton and Mark R. Swetnam.
Nominations may be submitted by current or former students or any member of the ACTC community. Nominations should include the name of the faculty member, how the nominator is familiar with the nominee, and how that faculty member has helped his or her students.
Nominations can be mailed to: Mr. Robert J. Maher, Community & Technical College Foundation of Ashland, Inc., 1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101. Nominations must be postmarked by March 31.
Realtor Fair Continuing Education
An Ashland Area Board of Realtors Realtor Fair will be held Thursday March 12, form 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at ACTC’s Technology Drive Campus. The fair includes courses on “Six Ways to Ruin Your Life” and “Creative Financing,” and each course is for three continuing education hours. Instructor Art Reed has nearly 40 years of experience in real estate sales, management and training.
The $60 fee includes lunch and refreshments. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. For online payment and registration, go to: ws.kctcs.edu/ashland under Professional Licensure and Certification.
February 25, 2015
School calendar tabled
LOUISA -- The Lawrence County Board of Education tabled, after much discussion, the 2015-16 School Calendar, received an update on Google Classroom Snowbound Learning Days, and heard about planned upcoming Community Town Halls planned by district staff to gain firsthand information and input from school staff and stakeholders at all schools.
After a 20 minute-plus discussion with Director of Pupil Personnel Vernon Hall, the board voted not to accept the '15-'16 School Calendar and then voted to table discussion to revisit the topic at the next special meeting which is targeted for March.
The Board also heard from Dr. Fletcher during the regular communication segment as he let them know about the Town Hall days planned for next month.
"Mrs. Rhonda Colvin has been busy putting these Town Hall days together and they will take place at the end of March and will give staff an opportunity to share with us how we can better address their needs," said Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher of the Town Hall meetings.
He emphasized that the occasions offer an opportunity for all district administrative staff to hear from school personnel face to face and improve communication.
Along the same line, Board Chairman D. Heath Preston suggested during the public comment section that the board consider amending the planned locations of meetings to hold one board meeting per calendar year in Fallsburg and one in Blaine to offer residents of those communities a better opportunity to participate in meetings. Dr. Fletcher suggested that such a change could also provide an opportunity for each of those schools to showcase achievements by students and staff and show off their school.
Chairman Preston also initiated a discussion about starting a campaign against truancy and also adopting a stronger stance regarding drugs in schools.
"If we raise attendance just one percent, it is better than raising taxes and if we can do it, we don't have to raise taxes. Truancy really hurts us as a district. I think we also need to take a strong stance on the drug issue and that students know if they bring drugs into school they will receive a strong penalty,” Preston said to the rest of the board members.
The board took no action on the discussion but did agree to revisit it at a later date.
The board also postponed student and staff recognition until the regular March meeting due to weather related difficulties getting staff and students to the meeting.
Superintendent's personnel report
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