Flat Gap Community Problem Solving Project

In their first year of participation in CmPs (Community Problem Solving), Flat Gap Elementary’s team consists of twelve 4th and 5th-grade students and two coaches (Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Witten). Their project focuses on raising awareness of kids drinking more water and staying hydrated throughout the school day. They surveyed students and observed that many […]

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“Operation Ordinary” Wins State Community Problem Solving Competition for Johnson County Middle School Students

Johnson County Middle School principal Joey Estep’s thoughts on Operation Ordinary include the statement that “this whole project defines what I think education is all about…inspiring others, reaching out, connecting with others”. Pam Burton, academic team coach, recalls how Brenda Dyers, special needs teacher, came to her and explained that she would like for her […]

Johnson Central Middle School Students Search for Community Problem to Tackle

The Community Problem Solving team at Johnson Central Middle School doesn’t initiate solutions to a problem and then discontinue the effort to improve the situation.  After winning the 2017 International Problem Solving Competition, the students are not only continuing their winning venture, “Project Ordinary”,  but they have initiated the search for another obstacle in the […]

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 […]

South Floyd CmPS – Clean Up Left Beaver

The South Floyd Elementary Community Problem Solving Team project this year is to Clean up Left Beaver. An Anti-Littering Project where Littering is not LIT! The team is working to raise awareness and help combat the littering problem in their community. The roads, hollows, and creeks are full of trash and the recent flooding did […]

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Position Paper

 Public Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky   A Region’s Way Forward  Achieving Learner Equity and School Centered Community Reinvention in an Economically Distressed Rural Region  Download PDF Version Report Advanced by: The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative Representing Member Districts: Ashland Independent, Breathitt County, Floyd County, Harlan County, Hazard Independent, Jackson Independent, Jenkins Independent, Johnson County, […]

The FIRESummit Reignites This October

October 24, 2018  East Kentucky Expo Center Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is bringing the FIRE back and invites you to the Forging Innovation in Rural Education FIRESummit for an amazing day that highlights the innovative work occurring in 22 outstanding rural districts in southeastern Kentucky.  If you are interested in this tremendous learning opportunity, […]

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Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative Prepares to Celebrate its 50th Birthday

Founded in 1969, KVEC is the state’s oldest K-12 educational cooperative and acknowledged throughout the nation as one of the most innovative. The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) consortia of 22 local school districts serves over 50,000 students and over 3,000 educators in an area larger than Connecticut. The USDOE Race to the Top grant […]

FIRECAST – HeartSmart

KVEC’s FireCast Minisode is a new 3-5 minute video production highlighting classrooms innovations that are forging a new path for learning that could lead to a new economy in Eastern Kentucky. HeartSmart, the Community Problem Solving Team (CmPS) at Floyd County High School. HeartSmart is a great way to raise awareness about heart disease in the […]

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FIRESummit – Register Now!

April 11, 2018 Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) invites you to the FIRESummit (Forging Innovation in Rural Education) for an amazing day that highlights the innovative work occurring in 22 outstanding rural districts in southeastern Kentucky. We invite you to join us in this tremendous learning opportunity, please register ASAP. Registration is required for the […]

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