Kentucky Resources

Kentucky Resources

Federal Resources for Kentucky

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) State Network: Kentucky
Established by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on PBIS is charged with providing schools capacity-building information and TA for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. This page of the Center’s Web site includes contact information for Kentucky’s PBIS coordinators and facilitators and its designated TA Center partner.

State Resources for Kentucky

Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: Web Site and State Map
Advancement Project works at both the national level and with grassroots organizations nationwide to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. It also works to build capacity for community-led work and build bridges among those working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This map presents State-based activities, resources, and news related to the school-to-prison pipeline.


The Behavior Homepage

(Kentucky Department of Education)

This Web site provides information about effective practices as well as consultation and technical assistance on the full range of behavior problems and challenges displayed by children and youth in school and community settings, plus other behavioral issues that may affect their success in school. Resources include data tools, interactive features, and social skills resources.


Character Education Partnership: Kentucky
Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a national advocate for the character education movement. This site provides information about character education efforts in Kentucky, including links to State Schools of Character (SSOC)—schools identified as having reached a standard of excellence within their States in the area of character development, information for those interested in applying to become an SSOC, and contact information for the State’s character education coordinator.


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: SEL in Your State

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Social Emotional Learning Research Group are conducting a review of educational standards related to social and emotional learning (SEL) from preschool to high school in all 50 States and the six Territories to understand whether and how States currently address SEL in their learning standards. This Web site presents the findings from the review by State and grade level. The preliminary findings from the first year of this 2-year project, State Scan of Social and Emotional Learning Standards, Preschool through High School, is also available for download.


Dignity in Schools Campaign: Resources on Your State: Kentucky
This Web site includes resources, by State, that the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) has been collecting for stakeholders. For some States, the Web site includes information on suspension and the pipeline to prison, as well as parent advocacy guides related to student pushout.


Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline

(Kentucky Department of Education)

The Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline provides training and support to schools in the implementation of positive, proactive, and instructional strategies so students become self-disciplined, responsible, and productive members of their community and ultimately of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Training and resources cover a range of topics including behavior management and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).


Kentucky Center for School Safety

The Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) provides resources, information, and research on topics related to school safety. KCSS also provides training and technical assistance to a wide range of audiences including school administrators, teachers, students, law enforcement, postsecondary educators, parents, and community representatives. This Web site includes safety resources on best practices in alternative education, classroom management and bullying.


National Center for School Engagement Truancy Program Registry
The National Center for School Engagement provides a registry of truancy reduction programs by State, and includes detailed information about each program including contact information and evidence of effectiveness. Searches can also be narrowed by keywords, grade level, evidence of effectiveness, and more.


National Center on Response to Intervention: RTI State Database: Kentucky
Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and interventions to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. This database provides locally-developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on a number of topics related to RTI, including behavior management, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. The resources, which range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools, are provided in an effort to share examples and information across States. Site visitors can search the database by State, topic (e.g., disproportionality, cultural and linguistic diversity), grade level, resource type, and/or audience.


National School Climate Center: School Climate Policies and Laws Database: Kentucky
This database contains information about laws and policies designed to address school climate and bullying prevention in each State. From this database, users can generate profiles of State policies for school climate and bullying prevention efforts, and view reports on State policies on these two issues.


Overview of Fourteen Southern States’ School Suspension Laws  
This document from the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) at Duke University describes the following five aspects of suspension policies in 14 southern States, including Kentucky: (1) authority of local school districts to suspend/expel and State-prescribed expulsions, (2) suspension procedures, (3) the appeals process, (4) conditions for admittance/readmittance to other districts in the State, and (5) alternative education.

Local Resources for Kentucky

Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs
(Jefferson County Public Schools)
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) provides resources and training opportunities to help create caring and culturally responsive classroom communities. These include an Institute for Cultural Competence, Web tools and resources, and professional development videos.


The Role of School Climate Data in Assessment and Accountability
(Jefferson County Public Schools)
This document describes how JCPS is using school climate data as part of the accountability and assessment process, to improve students’ learning environment.


Care for Kids
(Jefferson County Public Schools)
The CARE (Creating A Respectful Environment) for Kids program is designed to address the academic, social, emotional, and ethical needs of students and promotes the development of social responsibility and positive relationships among students, adults, and their classmates. This document describes the key components, principles, implementation, and effectiveness of the program.

Juvenile Restorative Justice—Lexington Kentucky

Juvenile Restorative Justice offers mediation and case management services for beyond-control and public offense cases of juveniles 12–18 years of age and their families. The organization focuses on preventing youth from entering the juvenile justice system. Services provided include school mediation to the Fayette County middle schools and high schools for bullying and other kinds of conflicts, restorative justice circles, and case consultations.

Kentucky Youth Advocates

Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) is a statewide child advocacy organization that works to improve child well-being and public policies that influence the lives of children and families. Among other things, KYA provides consultation and technical assistance to families and children seeking information on how to navigate complex systems from schools and health providers to foster care and juvenile justice. The organization’s work in education includes a focus on school discipline and bullying.

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports: Exemplar from the Field—McNabb Elementary

(OSEP TA Center on Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports)

The following document provides a description of PBIS implementation at McNabb Elementary in Southwest Kentucky, a school identified as an ‘”Exemplar From the Field.”

Restorative Justice Louisville

Restorative Justice Louisville’s mission is to provide a restorative and holistic approach to crime that promotes justice and reparation for victims as well as the community, and accountability, personal development, and productive community re-integration of offenders. 

Schools That Work—Jefferson County Public Schools


Edutopia profiles K–12 schools, districts, and programs that are improving the way students learn. This Web site profiles Jefferson County Public School’s social emotional learning (SEL) program, CARE for Kids. The site includes videos and articles that describe the districtwide implementation of the program as well as tools, training materials, and other resources for implementing SEL.