Regional K-8 Game Design Challenge Launches

Eastern Kentucky web and mobile development firm, Open Box Apps, teamed up with the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and Holler to launch the first regional K-8 game design challenge. Propelling project-based learning with the goal of introducing young students to technology development, rather than just consumption, the Open Box Apps Game Design Challenge launches in classrooms across KVEC’s […]

ATI Global Leader in Using Technology to Transform Education

We are so pleased to sing the praise of Appalachian Technology Institute leader, Stephanie Younger of Belfry High School, for her recent designation as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert. Stephanie’s work has been highlighted through Appalachian Renaissance Initiative Summits (view her project presentations here) as well as in Digital Promise video spotlights of the the Kentucky Valley […]

NASA Space Station Astronauts Skype into East Kentucky (VIDEO)

Featured photo of Expedition 48 crew members Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams, credit NASA. What would you ask astronauts orbiting the Earth’s atmosphere in an international space station? Leslie County High School students had to decide on Wednesday, August 31 when they made a live video call to NASA Expedition 48 via Skype with support from the Johnson Space […]

Student Senate leads Appalachian Renaissance Initiative

Kicking off year three of the regional program of excellence, thirty-four students from across eastern Kentucky were inducted on August 26 into the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) 2016-2017 Student Senate. The ARI Student Senate is a critical student agency component of the U.S. Race to the Top Grant received by Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and is comprised […]

Holler Fellows are Here!

A group of highly skilled Spanish/ World Language teachers this year are joining a new Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) Professional Action Network (PAN) called Holler Fellows. The Holler is a high-tech studio & makerspace which supports this online social learning platform designed for learners in Central Appalachia. In two years the site has grown to more than 3,000 registered users and an […]

East KY Teen Drops Full Album Celebrating His School, Community

Inspired by his high school and home county, D3JUAN13 (pronounced Da-One), an 18 year old rapper and visual artist from Red Fox, Kentucky self-produced and released a hip-hop album about growing up in Knott County and getting his education at Knott Central High School. The 11-track album, Goodbye, Knott Central, hit YouTube on August 19 […]

Teens & Tiny Houses in East Kentucky – Building It Forward (VIDEO)

According to a recent feature in USA Today, young people are turning to more creative living and working situations to avoid debt. One of these trends is toward living in spaces measured in cubic inches rather than feet – tiny houses. Next year students in Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) region of east Kentucky are designing and […]

Nearly 80 Gather to Discuss Regional Collaboration for Federal Funding

When welcoming the group of nearly 80 gathered Tuesday in Hazard, Ron Daley and Paul Green, both with the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), shared the important role K-12 education is already playing to impact economic development in east Kentucky. “While we make great progress in many areas, we haven’t moved forward like many of […]

LISTEN: East KY teens talk policy, coding as art, viral media…

Four teenagers walk into a community radio studio… You’ll have to listen to this special episode of WMMT-FM Mountain Talk for the punch line.  Treat yourself to this hour-long public affairs program, featuring four students who are shaking up east Kentucky with their various leadership roles in programs supported by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC). Listen to the […]

6k Gather for KVEC National Recognition in Education Innovation

Six months of student-centered classroom redesigns, technical project-based learning, on-campus gardening, leadership exchanges, and much more culminated in 150+ presentations on April 27 in Pikeville. More than 1200 people gathered at the East KY Expo Center, with an additional 5,000 by live stream, for the 2nd Annual Action Research Summit. Thousands of social media posts generated […]