Who Tells YOUR Story?

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) focuses on innovative methods for addressing educational and community-based challenges throughout Eastern Kentucky. KVEC is a non-profit 501c3 educational service agency established in 1969 by 8 small school districts. Today, we serve more than 55,000 students and 3,000 educators within our 23-member districts in rural eastern Kentucky. These districts […]

Kentucky schools scramble to reach students on the losing end of the digital divide

With most public schools in Kentucky planning to delay the start of in-person classes for another six weeks or more, educators across the state are grappling with how to reach students on the losing end of the digital divide. Many schools had planned to begin offering in-person instruction this month, but Gov. Andy Beshear asked […]

EASTERN KENTUCKY: KVEC’S FIGHT FOR DIGITAL EQUITY

ONE OF THE COUNTRY‚ÄôS MOST IMPOVERISHED REGIONS Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s Dessie Bowling (Associate Director of KVEC), Robert Brown (Professional Learning Lead) and Jeff Hawkins ( Executive Director of KVEC) were recently published on ACE-ED.org (Equity & Access Pre K-12). ACE-ED.org is a group of education media professionals who are passionate about creating equitable access […]

KVEC’s Initiatives to Address Equity and Access

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s Dessie Bowling (Associate Director) and Robert Brown (Professional Learning Lead) were recently published on ACE-ED.org (Equity & Access Pre K-12).ACE-ED.org is a group of education media professionals who are passionate about creating equitable access for more than 50 million school-aged children, as well as 20 million college and university students in […]

Using Micro-Credentials to boost Professional Learning

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) focuses on innovative methods for addressing educational and community-based challenges throughout Eastern Kentucky. KVEC is an education service agency serving 23 school districts in the mountains, hills, and hollers of Appalachia. KVEC provides professional learning for more than 3,000 teachers and its staff members are very familiar with the […]

For Students in Coal Country, the Census is a Hands-On Civics Lesson

Students in eastern Kentucky Appalachia are very aware of the economic and population shifts that have reshaped their area. And now their schools are enlisting them to put that knowledge to work, by ensuring that every person who calls their communities home is counted in the 2020 census. The¬†census is used to allot funding for […]

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 […]

Education Commissioner holding forums on state’s new minimum high school graduation requirements

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 Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis held the second town hall forum in Hazard last week seeking public feedback […]

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 […]

Kudzu Bricks, Tiny Homes, and Glow-in-the-Dark Horseshoes: Innovation in Rural Kentucky Schools

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) focuses on innovative methods for addressing educational and community-based challenges throughout Eastern Kentucky. Madeline Will a reporter for¬†Education Week¬†who covers the teaching profession, recently published a story highlighting real challenges that students in rural Kentucky are tackling through grants that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Madeline also writes for the¬†Teaching […]