Dr. Brooke Bartrug selected for KDE Advisory Council

Dr. Brooke Bartrug, a teacher at Russell County Middle School, is one of 14 Kentucky Public School educators selected for the Kentucky Department of Education Teacher Advisory Council.

The council is designed to improve Kentucky’s educational landscape by providing the commissioner of education with direct input from classrooms. Bridging the gap between policy and practice, the TAC was created to advise the commissioner on educational priorities so students of the Commonwealth are well-prepared for any career they choose.

“The voices of our teachers are crucial as we work to shape the future of education here in Kentucky,” Glass said. “Too often teachers are left out of decision-making that directly impacts them and their classrooms. I believe in the voices of our educators and I look forward to continue working alongside this council to form a stronger education system for our state.”

Nearly 100 teachers from across the Commonwealth applied for a spot on the advisory council. A screening committee reviewed the applications by prioritizing National Board Certification, diverse content and specialty areas, and categorizing applicants geographically to ensure representation from the 12 regions of the state. 

New members will begin their three-year term at the council’s next meeting on June 17.

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