Local Teacher’s Education Blog Published by Microsoft

A recent article posted on the Holler recognized Jeanne Caudill’s innovation grant project receiving the ‘Kids’ Choice Award’ at the Global Microsoft Educators Exchange in Toronto, Canada.  Ms. Caudill, first grade teacher at Mullins Elementary in Pike County, has just had an education blog entitled “Struggling 1st grade readers improve with the help of OneNote […]

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 […]

Here’s To The Class of 2017!

These are the best days of our lives they say. 700 days, from first day of freshman year to the last day of senior year. Wow, how the time has flown and drug on all at the same time. Over those 700 days, how many laughs you think you have had that made your stomach […]

KVEC Entrepreneurial Project Leads to Published Books by Student Authors

An element of the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative’s (ARI, created through KVEC’s Race to the Top Grant) mission is to identify, support and promote innovative practices in education and to also support and promote those educators and their students who are daring to be great.  Through Students Transforming Appalachia with Real World Solutions (S.T.A.R.S.), a component […]

ARI Learning Innovation Grant Application Available Online

“In the world of education, innovation comes in many forms. There are innovations in the way education systems are organized and managed. There are innovations in instructional techniques or delivery systems. There are innovations in the way students are included in an active learning process. The list goes on and on” (taken from ARI Learning […]

KVEC Inaugural Drone Race

78 students from 8 KVEC schools arrived at Hazard Community and Technical College to participate in a drone building workshop and indoor race. Betsy Lane, Belfry, Sheldon Clark, Wolfe County, Lee County, Owsley County, Knott County and Middlesboro received drone kits from KVEC and the Appalachian Technology Institute a little more than four weeks ago […]

Letcher County Central High School “Piling up Stones”

Two teachers at Letcher County Central High School, Mrs. Rebecca Potter and Dr. Michael Melton, received ARI Innovation Grants from KVEC this school year.  Both grants focused on creating a documentary entitled “Piling Up Stones: A Collection of Mountain Memories”, highlighting people in the community.  Mrs. Potter’s proposal focused on the required hardware (camera, tripod, […]

KVEC Collaborating on a Flight Path for Student Innovation

KVEC is teaming with Hazard Community and Technical College, Perry County Fiscal Court, Knott County Fiscal Court and the Wendell H. Ford Regional Airport on the USA Drone Port, a national unmanned robotic research and development facility. “This could be a game-changer for Southeast Kentucky,” said Paul Green, with KVEC. “It’s cutting-edge and it could […]

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 […]