Local Teacher’s Innovation Project Wins ‘Kids’ Choice Award’ at Microsoft Conference

“It all began with ARI (Appalachian Renaissance Initiative)”, says Jeanne Caudill, first grade teacher at Mullins Elementary in Pike County.  And her story is phenomenal! Each year KVEC awards Learning Innovation Grants to teachers who submit applications for original and creative learning projects in their classrooms.  In the fall of 2016, Jeanne Caudill’s problem of […]

Aerospace Teachers in KVEC Region Planning for Upcoming School Year

The Race to the Top Grant awarded to the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative has provided a variety of resources and programs for educators and students in the twenty-one district region.  Two years ago, under the supervision of Paul Green, aerospace classes were initiated in some of the local high schools through the Appalachian Technology Institute […]

Teachers Choosing to Switch from Traditional to Personalized Learning

Brian Bentley, Jenkins Independent, Piloting Summit Personalized Learning Transitioning from a traditional classroom to a personalized learning classroom is not an easy task.  The process requires hard work and a strong commitment by teachers and school leaders.  Educators in the KVEC region have been introduced to the Summit Personalized Learning program, a free platform that […]

Wolfe County Native Gives Back to Community Through STEM Camp

For the fourth year, retired organic chemist Gary Booth has sponsored the Wolfe County STEM Camp.  He says it’s not expensive to pay a few teachers and to purchase the materials needed for the five day camp but it allows him to give back to his community.  The first camp was originated to provide remediation […]

EdCamp for Teachers Hosted by KVEC

A fun and productive day for 30 teachers and administrators from eleven districts in the KVEC region consisted of them choosing and discussing their topics of interest, sharing ideas and utilizing online resources.  An extensive list of free and inexpensive materials successfully used by those in attendance was compiled.  The Core Content EdCamp hosted at […]

KVEC Schools’ Winter Garden Project Highlighted in Medical News Article

Kelli Thompson, Student Agency Lead, was one of nine participants selected for the 2017 Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK).  CLIK provides opportunities for collaborations between academic centers and community leaders to affect change in health disparities in rural areas. KVEC funded the first winter garden at Pikeville Elementary School in 2014 after students conducted […]

Girls CAN Use Power Tools and Hammers!

Girls attending the Nontraditional Summer Camp at Lee County Area Technology Center (ATC) proved that they can do anything boys can do!  During the week of May 22-26, they could be found changing oil in a car, checking tire pressure, changing windshield wipers, learning about electricity by making a pickle light up, becoming familiar with […]

KVEC Plans Exciting Day for Students with Complex Needs

Where can students with complex needs go for a day that is both fun and educational, is within driving distance of regional schools, and is flexible enough to provide accommodations as needed for the children?  The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg […]