Commissioner of Education

Commissioner Monday Messages

Published: 10/25/2021 4:26 PM

​The Commissioner of Education frequently sends e-mail messages to all 171 of Kentucky's school district superintendents advising them of programmatic and/or policy issues that affect local districts.  This section of the Web site is an archive of those messages.

  • Byron Darnall

    Byron Darnall joined the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE) in June 2021. A native of Meade County, he has served in various education roles in Kentucky and a stint in the Iowa Department of Education.

    Darnall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from David Lipscomb University, and later a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky. He also earned his Rank 1 certification from Western Kentucky University and a doctorate in education leadership from Seton Hall University. Prior to joining KDE, Darnall served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in several Kentucky public schools. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a bureau chief at the Iowa Department of Education.

    Darnall lives in the Bowling Green area with his wife, Michelle, and their three children, Greer, Emerson and Anderson.

  • Chuck Truesdell

    Chuck Truesdell joined the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) as director of government relations in January 2021. He currently resides in Lexington.

    Truesdell received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration in public financial management from the University of Kentucky.

    Prior to joining KDE, Truesdell served for 18 years as assistant public information officer and a fiscal analyst at Kentucky’s Legislative Research Commission.

  • Commissioner Monday Messages Archives

    ​This page contains all the 2020 archived Commissioner Monday Messages. 

  • David Cook

  • David Couch

  • David Horseman

  • Elizabeth Hack

  • Gretta Hylton

  • Jason E. Glass

  • Karen Dodd

  • KBE Reports

    During each regular Kentucky Board of Education meeting, Commissioner presents a report on an issue of importance for Kentucky's public schools. The reports are archived below.

     2019 State of Education Address

  • KDE Leadership Team


  • KDE Strategic Dashboard

    ​​​​In Spring 2021 the Kentucky Board of Education charged Commissioner Jason Glass with setting ambitious goals to advance student learning across the Commonwealth. As part of this effort, the Commissioner considered a variety of measures of success for all of Kentucky’s students. He identified and set goals for eight academic and five non-academic indicators that will be updated annually in the strategic data dashboard below to monitor progress toward these goals.

    The purpose of this dashboard is to promote transparency and accountability for these goals.​

  • Kelly Foster

  • Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education

    Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education

    Under the leadership of Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Center for Innovation in Education (C!E) and the Kentucky Board of Education have partnered to create a vision for public education in the Commonwealth. The statewide coalition is bringing together perspectives from across the Commonwealth to drive this work forward. The coalition is co-creating a vision with communities, foster local innovations and advance policy recommendations to shape the future of education in Kentucky.

  • Kentucky Education Summit

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    The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will host the 2021 Kentucky Education Summit at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on Nov. 1-2.

    The statewide summit will focus on the future of K-12 education in the Commonwealth. Over two days, the event will pull in some of the nation’s top education reform leaders to help begin a discussion about how to build a stronger education system with high standards in Kentucky.

    “I am excited to bring together such a stellar group of people and dedicate those two days to really rethinking what education needs to be for our students to be prepared for life after graduation,” said Jason E. Glass, Kentucky’s commissioner of education and chief learner.

    “We also will be hearing reports that are now being produced by the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education and the mental health roundtables being led by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. These key insights will help fill in the pieces about what our students and families feel is needed in education.”​

  • Meredith Brewer

    Meredith Brewer is the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) director of education policy and a native of Centerville, Ohio. Before joining KDE in August 2019, she was the director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics and an elementary classroom teacher in Texas and Kentucky.

    Brewer received a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations, and a master’s degree in education from Baylor University. She also received a doctorate in educational evaluation and policy from the University of Kentucky.

  • Rhonda L. Sims

  • Robin Fields Kinney

  • Thomas Woods-Tucker

    Thomas Woods-Tucker, Ph. D. was named the Kentucky Department of Education’s deputy commissioner and chief equity officer in the Office of Teaching and Learning in October 2020.

    He came to KDE from Douglas County Schools in Colorado, where he was the superintendent. Woods-Tucker previously has served in district leadership positions in Ohio, where he was named the 2016 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators State Superintendent of the Year. In 2013, he earned the National Alliance of Black School Educators National Superintendent of the Year Award.

    Originally from northeastern Arkansas, Woods-Tucker earned his doctorate in communications and higher education and a master’s in educational administration from The Ohio State University. He received a bachelor’s in English education from Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Ark.).

  • Todd G. Allen

  • Toni Konz Tatman

Elizabeth Hack
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