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APRIL 2021



Free Virtual Training

Using Color Tiles in the Math Classroom

Color tiles are perfect for modeling math concepts such as basic arithmetic skills, geometry, algebraic understanding, sorting, patterning, logical thinking, and much more.



Free Virtual Training

Trauma Informed Care for Educators (3-Hour Awareness)

Becoming trauma-informed should be an essential component of the overall mission of the education system. A trauma-informed school recognizes that trauma affects staff, students, families, communities, and systems. In any school, in any setting, the unfortunate possibly exists that educators have a student who has been impacted by trauma in some form. It is imperative that educators understand how trauma impacts learning and development. Children’s reactions to trauma can interfere considerably with learning and behavior at school. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary. This training was designed to provide educators with trauma awareness as indicated in the School Safety and Resiliency Act. 



Free Virtual Training

Using Cuisenaire Rods to Understand Fractions Conceptually

Students can readily visualize a fraction both as part of a whole and in relationship with one another. As students become more familiar with the use of Cuisenaire Rods to represent fractions, they can use them to solve fractional problems and begin to conceptually understand the use of fractions.



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Threat Assessment Training

The Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) model of Threat Assessment provides a 5-step decision tree and triage approach which will enable most threats to be acted upon immediately and resolved quickly. 

One of the key factors in this threat assessment model is to distinguish between transient threats (those threats spoken in anger and frustration and can be resolved easily) and substantive threats (those threats which include serious intent and detailed plans). Thus, a threat assessment plan will delineate the difference between a student MAKING a threat versus the student who POSES a threat.

**Although it is recommended that each person on the school or district Threat Assessment team have a copy of Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines manual, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that each team have at least one manual.

Available from or by purchase order from School Threat Assessment Consultants LLC at ISBN 978-0-692-19210-8

May 2021



Free Virtual Training




Henderson County


Britney Smith is a 2005 graduate of


and the Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity. " I know how much support this community and my teachers gave me, and I hopefully want to be able to provide some of that support now.” #tellingourstoryKY

Christian County Schools  

It's Inauguration Day & the man behind the inauguration ceremony is HHS graduate Eugene Poole! Eugene works in the Office of the Capitol Architect & handles some of the most important projects for our country! Let's hear it HHS Class of '78! #tellingourstoryKY


Hopkins County

We are excited to take part in the statewide #TellingOurStoryKy campaign that will showcase stories of public education! To learn more, go to #TeamHopkins

Union County

We are celebrating National School Counseling Week! Our Union County Middle School Guidance Counselors Mendi Wyatt and Abby Mason know there is power in public education!


Crittenden County

CCHS freshman Cutter Singleton had the opportunity of a lifetime recently when he joined one of the newest inductees of the Grand Ole Opry, Rhonda Vincent, at The Orange Blossom Opry in Florida. Read more at :


Murray Independent

"The power of public schools is evident in the relationships that evolve between students, faculty and staff.” Jim Baurer.

MISD Facilities Director, Jim Baurer, attended a small Illinois Public school system (grade school 1-8) and high school (9-12). There were only 42 in his senior class. A highlight for Baurer was the annual pancake and sausage supper fundraiser. Held each year beginning at noon and running until late evening, with specialty booths and a full meal.  The event was attended by students, faculty, staff, parents, as well as volunteers. “This was the major fundraiser event for our grade school and was very successful each year. Everyone worked together to make this event an ongoing success.”

Baurer said the most important aspect of his public education was the opportunity to become friends and work with students from a variety of backgrounds. 


Fulton Independent

The Family Connection, Fulton Independent’s FRYSC, teamed up with Title One family engagement to give a book and a stuffed Bulldog to every student in grades K-3.  The program encourages students to read to their Bulldogs at home.  In addition, parents who send in photos of their children reading to the puppies are entered into a drawing for small prizes. 


“They (Scholastic) encourage reading to pets, so I thought ‘Let’s give our kids a pet of their own’,”  said Tracy Pulley, FRYSC Director. 


Ms. Pulley had $1000 and 90 students to cover. She found a community partner, Evans Drug of Fulton, who helped the district buy the stuffed animals at a wholesale price.  Students and parents have responded well to the program. One grandparent sent in a video of her granddaughter reading to her bulldog; many sent photos of their children reading in the car, on the couch, in bed. Parent, Julie Boyd, said her kindergartener couldn't wait to "come home and warm up her dog and look at her book!"


“(The stuffed Bulldogs) serve as both comfort objects and reading inspiration,” said Pulley. “The Bulldogs can be warmed in a microwave and they smell like lavender. In a stressful school year, they’re perfect.”