April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

April, the fourth month of the year. Mostly known for humid rainy days, unless you’re in Kentucky you may see some snow. But this month is significant to me for other reasons. This month has always held a special place in my heart. This month is child abuse awareness month. For people like my mom […]

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 […]

Monk Media Podcast with Lacy Hale

Lacy Hale is a visual artist and muralist from Knott County, KY. She attended Pratt Institute of Art and Morehead State University. She manages the Appalshop Gallery and is the coordinator of EpiCentre Arts, a regional arts group that she co-founded in 2012. She served on the board of the Kentucky Arts Council, and is […]

Hazard Independent Hosts ‘Girls Planning for Success’ Squad Spectacular

Middle school girls from six schools in the KVEC region congregated at the Hazard High School football field on Thursday, March 30, for the first Girls Planning for Success (GPS) Squad Spectacular.  The program was envisioned by Sandy Johnson, superintendent of the Hazard Independent School System, and was developed by KVEC staff.  Ms. Johnson realizes […]

Virtual Reality in a Rural Classroom

You may be shocked and amazed at the following statistic! Seventy-five percent of the 5th graders at McDowell Elementary in Floyd County have never traveled outside of eastern Kentucky. I discovered this in addition to the fact that social studies was their least favorite subject after polling my students at the beginning of the school […]

North Magoffin County Elementary Students Escaping From Classrooms!

Have you ever wanted to “escape” from your classroom?  That’s what the students at North Magoffin Elementary are doing! The popularity of the “Escape” or “Breakout” game, which requires participants to solve puzzles, decipher codes, and work together, has swept across the nation. Now, with the help of one elementary school teacher, this popular game […]

KVEC to Host First Annual Drone Race

Thursday, May 4, 2017 will be an amazing day in Hazard for drone enthusiasts! The inaugural KVEC/HCTC Drone Race for high school students will take place at the First Federal Building on the Hazard Community and Technical College campus beginning at 10:00 a.m. Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is sponsoring the event as part of […]

Innovation Lab at Belfry High School Provides Multiple Educational Opportunities

Even in the midst of economic decline in eastern Kentucky, there are rays of hope for the students. One major contributor that sparks pools of talent among our students is the Appalachian Technology Initiative (ATI), a regional rural technology education consortium under the direction of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC).  ARI combines the human, […]

Community Foundation and Local School System Form Partnership

The Magoffin County Community Foundation has recently formed a partnership with Magoffin County Schools with the hope that this collaboration will encourage students to take an active role in shaping their community and to provide them with the opportunity to participate in community service projects throughout the county. The students of Magoffin County have dubbed […]

Classroom Innovation Visible at Letcher Elementary

How can classroom teachers be creative and innovative without spending a lot of money?  Teachers at Letcher Elementary in Letcher County have discovered a variety of methods to be inventive on a limited budget.   Several teachers are working on classroom redesign by creating flexible work surfaces, unusual seating and utilizing space in an assortment […]