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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]