Wallins Elementary Students Participate in Engineering Week Challenge

What better way is there to find solutions to real-world problems than to present them to students for research and the creation of innovative solutions?  A collaborative effort between the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative (KVEC), the University of Louisville School of Engineering and school districts in the KVEC region recently provided students with the opportunity […]

Prestonsburg HS Library Becomes “Hub Laboratory for Learning”

Prestonsburg High School is moving away from traditional library services.  A committee of students and faculty met and redesigned the existing facility to transform it into a full-service learning, research, and project space that has a flexible environment built to accommodate multiple learning activities and provide a participatory culture that will allow for Next Generation […]

Breathitt Student’s Artwork Advances to State STLP Competition

Ashely Smith, student at Breathitt High School, recently received excellent scores on her digital artwork for the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition.  Her work will be judged in the state competition on April 12 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Ashely provides a detailed explanation of the production of her artwork: “First, I start by […]

Paintsville Independent Schools Host the MILL

How exciting would it be for an elementary or middle school student to step into the role of a biomedical engineer to explore how to prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases?  Students in the Paintsville Independent School System had the opportunity last week to do just that through the utilization of KVEC’s Mobile Inquiry […]

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop Hosted by Floyd County Early Childhood Program

  From the beginning of the implementation of the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI), the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) has operated on the premise of ‘abundance versus scarcity’ as it relates to the resources found in rural communities.  Far too often our Appalachian communities are depicted as resource-poor and opportunity-deprived in relation to educational and […]

How to Survive High School

Cami, Tiffany, and Madhu are 15 year old sophomores from Pikeville High School. Cami is head tech of the drama department, Tiffany plays golf, and Madhu plays tennis. All three are also part of the academic team and student council. We produced this video in order to help high school students succeed. We ourselves have […]

More Questions Than Answers When Looking to Engage Families in Their Children’s Education

Participants evaluate questions generated using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) at a recent workshop conducted through the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative. The session, held at Pike Central High School, focused on how to actively engage families and caregivers in supporting a student in his/her educational journey.   As a workshop participant or even a facilitator, how […]

Student Voice: Conversations with Erin Napier

Student Voice Surveys are a requirement of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). A few weeks ago students at Owsley County Elementary School completed the surveys. Inspired by that process 6th grader and FIREshare student at OCES Erin Napier chose to interview a few of her fellow 6th graders. She had just three questions: […]