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 […]

Forging Innovation in Rural Education Ignites in Louisville

On behalf of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative and the Kentucky Rural Education Association, we would like to invite you to join us in a reception recognizing rural innovation and excellence at the Louisville Downtown Marriot during the National Rural Education Association’s national forum to advance rural education on Thursday, October 24th 2019 at 5:30 […]

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KVEC Selected as one of 23 organizations in National Initiative on Rural Design

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) focuses on innovative methods for addressing educational and community-based challenges throughout Eastern Kentucky. [Hazard, Kentucky]— In its ongoing support of rural communities, the National Endowment for the Arts announces the 2019 communities taking part in its national initiative, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD). New this year, the Arts Endowment, in partnership with […]

KVEC Regional Student Senate 2019-2020

The Student Senate draws upon the youth of the region to foster daring and innovative ideas to help rejuvenate, sustain, and reinvent our communities. KVEC believes that there is no challenge facing our region that cannot be solved by the creative minds of our youth and adults. The mission of the KVEC Student Senate is […]

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KVEC Board Report: Continuing Education Option Plan II

In 2019, the EPSB waived the regulatory requirement that teachers must obtain a Rank 2 within 10 years.   This allows a teacher to remain at the Rank III level.  Teachers must still obtain the 24 annual hours of professional learning credits approved by the school or district to qualify for license renewal.  However, the incentives […]

The Next Curve in the Road

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) focuses on innovative methods for addressing educational and community-based challenges throughout Eastern Kentucky. Dr. Jeff Hawkins the Executive Director at KVEC was recently published on AC&E (Accessibility Compliance & Equity – Every Student, Every School, Every Day). About AC&E – We are education media professionals who are passionate about […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Building It Forward Tiny House Project 2018-2019

This year’s Building It Forward Tiny House online Auction successfully concluded on July 16th. More than 9,000 folks from forty-six states visited the online auction All six student-designed and constructed Tiny Houses sold for more than the base grant provided to the schools by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. Proceeds from the auction will roll […]

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