This weekend the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts will host the annual conference in Lexington.  This year the theme:  "Amplified and Enriched: Kentucky ELA Teachers as Change Agents" and three DCPS educators will be honored.


Amber J. Hall, a language arts teacher at Daviess County High School, will be presented the 2017 KCTE Stephanie Kirk Classroom Learning Award. This award honors a teacher who has proposed an innovative project encouraging attainable improvement in the areas of language arts. Hall will receive a grant of $500 for her project, “Public Service Announcements: A Multimodal Approach to Argument.” At next year’s KCTE conference, she will present the results of this project, which Hall said is designed to promote expeditionary education and foster empathy for others. “Students will research local nonprofit organizations to learn about their missions and will interview the organizations’ leaders to discover more about their guiding principles,” she said. “Students will compile their interviews with photographs and narration to create video arguments concerning the importance of these organizations to our community.” Hall said the award supports her goals as a teacher. “I feel blessed to offer my students another avenue to explore learning outside of my classroom,” she said. “This award financially provides support for this self-directed, authentic opportunity.”

Julie Ford, an English teacher at Daviess County High School, will be presented the 2017 KCTE High School Teacher of the Year Award.  This award is presented each year to outstanding educators at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels who have demonstrated a passion for English education and a willingness to go above and beyond in the classroom. As the 2017 award recipient, Ford will receive a plaque and a one-year membership to KCTE/LA. Ford takes her role as an education facilitator seriously. “The more we as a people can learn to communicate effectively, the more we can hope to solve the world’s problems and get along,” she said. “But we have to start the dialogue somewhere. What better and safer place to start than in the classroom? As a teacher, I am privileged to offer my students a safe harbor on the rocky path to understanding and being understood, and I want to give them the tools – politeness, clarity and conciseness – with which to arm themselves against misinterpretation.”

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Jana Beth Francis, DCPS assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, will accept the KCTE Administrator of the Year Award.  This award recognizes a building- or district-level administrator who excels in promoting teacher leadership and learning in English and Language Arts.  Francis will receive a plaque and a one-year membership to KCTE/LA. “Being literate is the most essential skill our students need today,” Francis said. “I’m honored to be recognized by KCTE for my efforts to make sure all of our students receive excellent instruction in reading. I hope all adults continue to be role models for our students by demonstrating literacy through reading the newspaper and books each and every day. Our actions around reading are stronger than our words.”

Congratulations to these amazing educators.  DCPS is certainly striving for excellence in education!