Family Members Collaborate with Innovative Mountain School Districts

Rural eastern Kentucky school districts have utilized the innovative learning practices and digital teaching platforms they have used for years to jump start the “Non-Traditional Instruction” (NTI) programming necessary when school in person classes were forced to shut down in mid-March because of COVI19. School officials state that it was not just their students who […]

Jackson City School District Is Small But Students Have Big Ideas For Community

Jackson Independent School District students in Breathitt County are excited about their community’s future and expressed their desire to create their own jobs.  And, while the J.D. Vance book “Hillbilly Elegy” has not been a positive portrayal of Breathitt, they believe the upcoming movie publicity will give them a chance to change the narrative.  The […]

Eastern Kentucky middle school students wish to start businesses and help build their communities

Eastern Kentucky middle school students demonstrated their entrepreneurial and creative abilities during the 2019 Regional Entrepreneurial Competition held in Knott County showing their potential to help grow the economy. Overall this competition gave 540 middle school students, from seven schools, eight districts, and five counties an opportunity to gain real-life business skills and applicable entrepreneurial […]

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Owsley County High School student leaders working with officials and the community to rebrand county

Owsley County High School students are leading the effort in their community to highlight the positive assets of their local area and re-brand their county. Working with several groups in the county, the students had input on the newly created logo which the school district, the county and the city of Booneville will jointly utilize […]

Rural Educators form Kentucky Chapter to Strengthen Collaboration during National Meeting in Louisville

Kentucky K-12 educational leaders increased their voice and power of collaboration by establishing a state chapter and joining the National Rural Education Association (NREA) last week in Louisville. For most rural school districts in the nation, collaboration is not a choice, it is a necessity. Collaboration elevates the voice of rural districts and empowers isolated […]

Commissioner Lewis on the state’s new high school graduation requirements

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis held the second town hall forum in Hazard on Thursday, October 10 seeking public feedback on the state’s new minimum high school graduation requirements. Lewis and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff will hold two other forums and one online forum will be held via webinar and feedback will be […]

Eastern Kentucky can be a loser again in 2020 Census; School Districts are joining effort

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) focuses on innovative methods for addressing educational and community-based challenges throughout Eastern Kentucky. Ron Daley a strategic partner lead for KVEC recently published on Kyforward (Kentucky’s Online Newspaper). A story highlighting how Eastern Kentucky stands to be a loser in the 2020 U.S. Census unless successful efforts are made […]

Wolfe County School District Has Economic Importance to County and Region

In addition to providing quality education preparing students for the workforce, the Wolfe 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 with 250 full-time employees and another 25 […]

“Hillbilly Strong” not a “Hillbilly Elegy”

J. D. Vance’s 2016 book “Hillbilly Elegy” about his family’s life in Breathitt County does not reflect the people I have been neighbors with for the past 44 years.  Even though this Yale Law graduate spent his life in Middleton, Ohio with some visits to his family’s hometown in the mountains, his microscopic description of […]

UK Singletary Scholar Taylor Williams is Hopeful to Live in Tiny House Near Campus

Two years ago, 17-year-old Taylor Williams of Hazard, Kentucky had a tough decision.  Should she accept admission and scholarships to Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, or accept the Singletary Scholarship and attend the University of Kentucky? Now as a 19-year-old pharmacy student at the University of Kentucky Taylor is deciding on how to downsize her belongings and […]