FireCast Series Episode 2

  Today’s classroom might feel a little different than you remember, even if you’ve only been out of school for a short time. Teachers are often at the forefront of finding new ways to engage their students by integrating new technology into their curriculum. KVEC’s FireCast TV is a new half-hour traveling program that will […]

¡Grita Fuerte! Spanish Livestreams on Food, Weather, and School Life

You don’t have to study abroad to learn to talk about food, weather, and your school life in Spanish! These world language learners in Floyd, Harlan, and Knott Counties are bringing relevant and accessible Spanish lessons to your screen this February. Join them by Livestream, here on the Holler, to pick up terminology and cultural […]

¡Es La Hora Para Compartir! World Language and Global Competency Cadre Share

Attention World Language/Global Competency Teachers! You are doing remarkable things in your classroom. It is time we devote a training day to the sharing of those wonderful teaching ideas and resources. That is exactly what we will do at our Monday, February 13th WL/GC Cadre Share Fair.  March 21 is our alternate snow date. Please register here, even […]

Kentucky Poet Laureate Inspires Poetry of Place

When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Harlan County native George Ella Lyon as 2015-2016 Kentucky Poet Laureate mountain people across the state celebrated, especially those from her home community on the far southeastern border. She proceeded another revered Appalachian, or as he eloquently coined, Affrilachian, Frank X Walker.  The Governor praised Lyon’s work as a poet and […]

Reason to Celebrate: 2016 Annual Holler Highlights

We’ve had a big year at Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and here at the Holler! Congressionally designated Digital Promise and the U.S. Department of Education named KVEC a National Education Innovation Cluster, presenting a video series spotlighting the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative. Our annual Summits in April and October transitioned to a more technology-based delivery and connected well over 10,000 people […]

Why I’m at the Holler

I love the Holler. I never thought I would spend so much time in my life sitting in front of a laptop editing video from educators across the region; I never thought I would spend time in the KVEC office in Hazard filming a discussion on the future of the region involving Governor Patton; I […]

#ARIpromise: Watch 150+ East KY Educators and Students Preview 2017 Classroom Innovations on Oct. 26

#ARIpromise Whether you’re a teacher yourself or looking to partner with students and educators on business or community projects in the coming year, Wednesday October 26 is your best chance to connect! The Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) Promising Practices Summit brings east Kentucky’s greatest education innovators to an international audience of thousands every year. Don’t miss […]

300 World Language Students Slay Holler Leaderboard and Live Stream

We met the group of highly skilled Spanish and World Language teachers in August, joining a new Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) Professional Action Network (PAN), Holler Fellows. Since then they’ve collectively won Outstanding Spanish Teacher of the Year, been appointed President of the American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Kentucky, started the first Spanish Holler (¡Grita […]

East Kentucky Leads National Innovation in Rural Education at #ARIpromise

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 East Kentucky Expo Center * 126 Main St. Pikeville, KY SUMMIT.THEHOLLER.ORG Where do flight simulators, a mobile inquiry learning lab, student art & performance, cutting-edge learning strategies & technologies, 10 concurrent live streams, robots, and internationally recognized educators and students converge in east Kentucky? Every April and October during Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) Summits!  This October 26, the East Kentucky […]

It’s Literally Rocket Science: Middlesboro students celebrate International Space Station Launch

NASA launched three United States Astronauts into space to serve time on the International Space Station on Friday September 23, 2016.  To celebrate the event, the Engineering and Aerospace Science students at Middlesboro High School put together a space display. The event involved stations titled “How and What Astronauts Eat,” “What Are Nebulas,” “The Mars Mission,” “The […]