Like State’s Other Rural School Districts, Lee County Has Major Economic Importance

In addition to providing quality education preparing students for the workforce, the Lee County School District is a major economic driver in the community. The school district directly contributes to the educational attainment and future earnings of its youth. The district is the largest employer in the county despite the county’s population and student enrollment […]

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 […]

Full STEAM Ahead in Magoffin County Schools

As amazing as it sounds, Tara Howard’s teaching career began in Magoffin County while she was a grade school student.  Her innovative teaching style now is helping prepare students for the New Economy workforce. The Salyersville Grade School teacher says, “As an elementary student, I was given the opportunity to teach my peers. I prepared […]

Magoffin Teacher Inspires Students to Tell Their Stories

Magoffin County teacher, Andrea Parsons, was inspired to go into teaching by her high school art teacher, Connie Cecil. Now she is inspiring her students to tell their stories through art. The student narratives have changed Andrea while providing a learning and therapeutic emotional outlet for her students. Andrea was approached by graphic artist, Christopher […]

Letcher Teachers Team Teach to Collect and Promote Appalachian History

Two Letcher County teachers have been working together for the past two years with their students to collect and showcase the rich history and culture in central Appalachia that they believe is not or very rarely promoted to the world outside our hills.  Dr. Michael Melton and Rebecca Potter have been working on two documentary […]

Celebrating Innovation in Education at the Capitol

Over 250 students and educators from the 22 school district membership in the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) celebrated innovation the classroom with 25 display tables in the Frankfort Capitol on March 6.  Additionally, five individuals were honored in a Capitol Rotunda ceremony and students from three school districts presented before a Senate committee. The […]

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Stacey Davidson Blogs About Her Love of Education

Stacey Davidson, the instructional supervisor in the Owsley County School District, feels that she was called into the service of teaching at an early age even though she wanted a different career path.  She has recently started a blog writing about educational issues important to her. Stacey says, “I knew from the time I was […]

Space and Aviation Encourages Middlesboro Teacher to Promote High Tech Careers to Students

Middlesboro High School teacher Luke Gilly is sharing his fascination with space travel and the universe in his teaching preparing his students for possible careers in aviation and aerospace. After teaching math for 10 years, Luke had an opportunity to train to be certified to teach engineering. “So I attended courses at UK and Duke […]

Perry Elementary Special Education Teacher Uses Art to Help Students Learn and Communicate

Teresa Miller is using her 21 years of teaching experience at RW Combs Elementary in Perry County School District to help her students communicate their thoughts and feelings through art. “Art Makes You smart” is her present project through an Innovation Grant award provided by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC).  “I love creating art projects […]

Jason Hall’s Love of Teaching and Learning

Innovation comes to Breathitt County Jason Hall’s passion for learning and desire to become a teacher started an early age. Jason, a fourth-grade instructor at Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Elementary in the Breathitt County School District recalls wanting to become a teacher while in the sixth grade based on his love for his teachers.   […]