Stanford University Students Bringing Spokes America Workshop to Challenger Learning Center in Hazard

The Challenger Learning Center in Hazard was the first of the 47 Challenger Learning Centers to be located in a rural area.  The centers were established by the families of the Challenger astronauts tragically killed in the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster.  Their mission is to demonstrate the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) […]

Local Teacher Receives Scholarship to Aid Struggling Readers

Press Release from Reading Recovery Council of North America HAZARD — Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative Teacher Pamela Slone is attending the University of Kentucky for a full-time year of study focusing on how best to help first graders who are struggling with beginning reading and writing. The study is part of a training program that will […]

Middle School Students in KVEC Region to Explore STEM Curriculum

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. STEM integrates the four disciplines based on real-world applications ( According to Elaine J. Hom, author of “What is STEM Education?” (featured in Live Science in February […]

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative launches project to increase student achievement and community prosperity

Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative (KVEC) has launched a nationally recognized project to increase student achievement and community prosperity in eastern Kentucky.  The initiative will engage teachers, principals, parents and community members in innovative personalized professional learning and concrete outcomes that will directly impact student success in classrooms and support schools moving from good to great. […]

KVEC Introduces Equipping Minds Curriculum to Regional Teachers

According to Dr. Reuven Feuerstein, “Everyone – regardless of age, etiology or disability – has immeasurable ability to enhance their learning aptitude and heighten their intelligence” (  Dr. Feuerstein developed Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) Method in the 1950’s.  FIE assists students in learning to express themselves.  Students gain language and knowledge about their cognitive processes […]

The Eclipse is Coming!!

The eclipse is coming!  Kentucky has been excited by the prospect of being in the path of totality for the 2017 solar eclipse for a while now.  We are even counting down and it is only a few weeks until August 21st at about 2:30 pm!  Unfortunately, not all of Kentucky is in the path [...]

The Monk Media Podcast with Sister Gracie Bentley

Sister Gracie Bentley has been quilting for over 70 years. Starting out when she was 12 years old, Gracie is now in her mid to late 80’s. She’s lived nearly all her life in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, in Pike County near Elkhorn City. In this interview, you will be transported back to an […]

Education Talk Radio Show Hosts KVEC Director

Larry Jacobs, host of the Education Talk Radio Show, commented that we often tend to stereotype certain things.  Dr. Jeff Hawkins, Executive Director of Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Hazard, dispelled many stereotypes about education in rural eastern Kentucky on the radio’s educational talk show.  The theme of the broadcast, “Rural Education in America”, […]

KVEC Initiative to Empower Middle School Girls Receives SEL Innovation Grant

The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Innovation Fund, sponsored by Education First, the NoVo Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy, recently awarded over $1,000,000 to teachers and school districts who submitted innovative ideas on how to improve systems that foster social and emotional skills. The grants support projects that create places, environments and practices that value belonging, well-being, […]

Special Education Learning Innovation Grant Application Released

KVEC is offering the opportunity for special education staff in the region to apply for sixty Special Education Learning Innovation grants.  Eligible districts within the special education cooperative include:  Lee, Owsley, Wolfe, Breathitt, Jackson, Magoffin, Floyd, Pike, Pikeville Independent, Knott, Letcher, Jenkins Independent, Hazard Independent, Perry and Leslie. Educators may apply for up to $1,000 […]