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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM KEA
During this uncertain time, KEA is taking steps to be responsible neighbors and citizens. In keeping with Governor Beshear's recommendations and recent Executive Orders, all KEA staff are working from home. Even though we aren't operating in our normal ways, KEA remains dedicated to supporting our members. If you need assistance or have a question, please call our main line at 1-800-231-4532, and dial extension 1323 to leave a message. Calls will be routed to the appropriate staff person as soon as possible, but not later than the next business day. You can also reach your UniServ Director or any other KEA staff member via email; just go to www.kea.org under "About us" and use the "UniServ Directors" page or the "Staff Directory" page to find the person you want to contact. You can email directly from the link on the page.
Like all of you, we look forward to the time when our lives and business operations can return to normal. Until then, please know that we are still here for you., as we have always been. Be safe and well. We look forward to seeing all of you again soon.
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Put your student’s talents on display.
KEA invites all students in Kentucky P-12 schools to participate in the fourth annual #DifferenceMakers student art contest. Any student can submit one entry that illustrates a #DifferenceMaker in their life. Deadline to submit entries is January 15, 2021.
All artwork must be original and must be a portrait of a public school employee who has made a difference in the artist’s life. The name of the individual does not need to be known. Submitted artwork entries will not be returned.
Artwork should creatively portray the person’s job within public education and be no larger or smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches. Photos are permissible and any media can be used to create the artwork. Grade levels for entries include P-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
All submissions must arrive at KEA 401 Capital Ave., Frankfort, KY 40601 by January 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. (EST). Please write “#DifferenceMaker Entry” on the outside of the envelope.
One student in each grade span will win $50 and their teacher will also win a $50 prize. The winning entrants artwork will be displayed in the Capitol Annex March 1-5 and at the KEA DA in April. The #DifferenceMaker subject will receive the students’ original framed artwork.
Are you a new educator that is interested in finding out more about joining KEA?
Please complete one of the forms listed below and someone will contact you:
Or download a paper copy of the form here:
General Coronavirus Information and Resources
Resources for Teaching and Learning
ABCmouse - This is a subscription service. There is a 1 month free trail. Offers an online curriculum for ages 2 to 8 covering numerous core subjects including math, reading, and science.
Adventure Academy - This is a subscription service. There is a 1-month free trail. From the creators of ABCmouse, this online curriculum is for ages 8 to 13 and features gamified learning for Math, Reading, and Science.
Answer Pad - A free visual- and student-based response platform that allows educators to blend learning and flip classrooms in real-time on browser-based devices. Students can interact with teacher-developed resources from home.
BrainPop and BrainPop Jr - Free access for closed schools. This site also has free family access.Delivers online learning opportunities in various subjects by showing animated videos and then following up with brief assessments and quizzes.
Buncee - Subscription site with some free items. A versatile learning tool that provides a digital canvas for multiple educational needs. The Ideas Lab showcases learning resources to be used remotely.
Classhook - Free access for teachers. Chock full of educational videos and premade playlists that can be assigned to students to view from home.
DOGOnews - Create reading assignments for students in grades K-8 that can also be integrated into Google Classroom. Features a curated, COPPA-compliant database that provides assessment and language/speech options.
EDpuzzle - Useful for flipping a classroom or lesson. Educational videos can be viewed remotely and followed up with assessments to gauge learning.
Explania - Offers hundreds of animated explanation videos, on subjects from biology to social media, that can be embedded and shared.
Glogster EDU - The Glogpedia features multimedia posters covering more than 80 topics across nine disciplines, such as math, social studies and science.
Home Safari – Students can join the Cincinnati Zoo for a home Safari each day. The Cincinnati Zoo will share a Facebook Live segment each weekday at 3pm ET where they will highlight one of our amazing animals. Includes an activity your students can do from home. Miss the Facebook Live video or don’t have access to social media? No worries! All videos will be posted to the Cincinnati Zoom Home Safari webpage and to the zoos YouTube channel shortly after the Facebook Live ends.
iKnowIt - Interactive math practice for grades K-5 that offers an easy-to-use interface and tracks student data.
Kahoot - One of the most used game-based learning platforms that allows educators to create their own content-related quizzes and games.
Knoword - A fast-paced vocabulary game site that also allows teachers to choose from existing work packs or develop their own. You can also track student progress.
NeoK12 - This is a subscription site. A teacher-curated trove of educational videos, lessons, quizzes and games.
RoomRecess - More than 140 teacher-developed games for kids involving math, reading, literacy, typing, and more.
SuperTeacherWorksheets - Hundreds of worksheets and activities that can be printed for home use, ranging from math and science to literacy and phonics.
TeachVid - With this platform, ESL, ELL and foreign language teachers can flip a lesson and have students work at home with the help of numerous videos and activities.
Vocab Victor - A free mobile app for building vocabulary skills that assesses and adapts to a student’s vocabulary level in real-time.
WatchKnowLearn - A free site with an abundance of K-12 videos on a wide variety of subjects.
YouTube Teachers - Dozens of educational videos covering topics that range from vector quantities to plate tectonics.
How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus - Resources for Parents and Educators
This can be a very stressful, confusing and uncertain time for everyone, but it can be an especially scary time for children. Here are great resources about how you can talk to kids about the virus and the response.
Kentucky COVID-19 resources:
Kentucky COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725
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