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 […]

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 […]

Lee County School District Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts

Lee County School District joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the U.S. Beattyville, Kentucky – Lee County School District is one of 19 new school districts accepted into the League of Innovative Schools today, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by […]

Aviation, Engineering, and Code: From the Holler to the Globe

Students arrived to school before daylight and class bells to take aviation and aerospace courses in Pike County. Microsoft and Xbox sent weekly gaming data to a Floyd County classroom for statistical analysis leading to award winning app creation. A Piper PA-22 plane ready for student-led restoration is stored in Bell County, the same airport where infamous Glacier Girl […]

Back to School Tips for Teachers on the Digital Transformation Journey from Digital Promise

Back to School Tips for Teachers on the Digital Transformation Journey Going back to school is an exciting and busy time for teachers and school administrators. There’s a ton of work to be done, from creating lesson plans, to preparing classrooms, to welcoming new students. Kicking off a new school year is a challenge in […]

Empowering Our Students to Stay: Stopping the Export of Our Best Natural Resources – Our Youth

Appalachia has long been a region known for the export of its natural resources. For too long, talented young people have also left the region. With support from a Race to the Top District grant, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and its 17 member school districts are working to empower students to stay in the […]

Silicon Holler: Training Students for the New Economy, Here in Appalachia

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative is bringing together 17 schools districts in rural southeastern Kentucky to prepare students and communities for the 21st century. With support from a Race to the Top District grant, KVEC is helping students build the skills, habits, and experiences to succeed in the new digital economy — and equipping them […]

A New Story for Appalachia: Investing in Educators with Ideas

With support from a Race to the Top District Grant, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) has brought together 17 school districts in rural southeastern Kentucky to prepare Appalachian students and communities for the next generation of education and work. KVEC believes that the best ideas come from educators right there in in the region. […]

Digital Promise Spotlights the Work of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative

Kentucky’s Appalachian Renaissance Initiative In 2013, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and seventeen member school districts in rural southeastern Kentucky were awarded a highly competitive Race to the Top District grant by the U.S. Department of Education. With this support, KVEC launched its Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) to share resources across the region, personalize student […]