KVEC’s ARI FIRE Summit Set to Host over 1,000 Educators and Leaders

APPALACHIAN RENAISSANCE INTIATIVE’S FINDING INNOVATION IN RURAL EDUCATION SUMMIT On April 12th, the East Kentucky Expo Center will again be booming with the regions most innovative leaders and learners. Not to mention robots, flight simulators, student art & performance, cutting-edge strategies and technologies, student built tiny houses will be debuted & auctioned online, and over 150 interactive presentations & displays.  Students […]

It’s Good to be Young in the Mountains Returns to Harlan County

The second It’s Good to be Young in the Mountains conference is coming to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Cumberland campus [700 College Road, Cumberland, Kentucky] on April 21-23, 2017. The conference is a three-day event celebrating Appalachian heritage and giving space to young leaders to discuss their hopes, dreams, and needs for our […]

LCC Communications Class Develops Photography Skills

Through a series of assignments, Rebecca Potter’s communications class (members of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s FIREshare) has been working to develop their photography skills by telling stories about their communities through the lens. Below are highlights and links to their work.  If you are interested in growing your photography skills or sharing your photos, […]

FIREcast TV: Students Turn Winter Garden into Community Improvement Project

Pikeville Elementary teacher, Traci Tackett, tells us how her and her students use winter gardens to not only improve their diets, but to also improve their community.   For more information on gardening in schools check out the School Garden Holler. 

LCC & FIREshare Student’s Essay Featured on Here & Now: NPR

Letcher County Central student, Hannah Adams, had a recorded essay released this weekend about the complications of letting politics divide our smaller communities.  Her article aired today (January 23, 2017) on National Public Radio’s (NPR) popular show Here & Now. With our nation’s divide post election and inauguration, Adams, took this opportunity to write an […]

KVEC to Host Press Luncheon

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative  cordially invites you and your organization for a catered Press Luncheon on January 27th, 2017 at 11 am. This is an event to celebrate the work of our regional schools, educators, and students. We also want to thank you, the press, for helping share the stories of our educators and […]

Letcher Elementary Teacher Creates Post-It Note Christmas Mural in Downtown Whitesburg

It’s the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving and Letcher Elementary Teacher, Tyler Watts, is busy sticking colorful Post-It notes to the window in the Harry M. Caudill Library in Downtown Whitesburg.  While most people are enjoying their holiday break by sleeping in or hitting the stores for early Christmas shopping, Mr. Watts is creating a 12 […]

Letcher County Central Student Organizes “Tunes for Teens” Christmas Charity

This is the season of giving and charity and a Letcher County Central High School student has set out to start a new local initiative to bring music to teens in need. Shoppers in Letcher County may notice boxes in their local stores and businesses around town this holiday season, wrapped in festive Christmas red […]

East KY Innovators in Rural Education Attract International Audience of 11k

Thousands of educators, community leaders, and students gathered in Pikeville and via Livestream yesterday at the 3rd Annual Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) Promising Practices Summit.  The #ARIpromise Summit is hosted by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) to spotlight the nation’s greatest rural education innovators here in east Kentucky. The full program and speaker profiles can be viewed at summit.theholler.org. […]

Kentucky Authors Release Book on Building Professional Talent and Capability

PETLL – Perpetuating Excellence in Teaching, Leadership and Learning is the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s continuous school improvement program. Recently the creators, Dr. Jeff Hawkins and Dr. Henry Webb, of the PETLL program teamed up to write a guide book about the program.  The book serves to share their successful model for other schools and organizations to identify and […]