Call for Transformation of Education in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky (The Fund) and the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Next Generation Leadership Academy are launching a statewide effort to galvanize schools, businesses, and communities to quickly and effectively transform Kentucky’s public schools into systems that promote deeper learning. Together, these two organizations are heading up a movement and calling upon educators from Paducah to Pikeville to transform the way they think about educating their students.

Most Kentucky students still experience public education as it was originally designed over 120 years ago. Though changes are occurring, they continue to be in isolated pockets of the Commonwealth and are dependent upon the courage and initiative of individual teachers and leaders rather than as part of a cohesive, system-wide effort.

“The goal here is systemic change,” said Barbara Bellissimo, Executive Director of The Fund. “Through this grassroots effort, we’re asking people to begin with micro innovations – small, outside the box changes that can lead to wide-scale progress. Sometimes, we become so bogged down with all the things we need to improve in our education system, that we decide giving up is easier than conquering such overwhelming challenges. With the Year of Transformation, we’re asking educators and their surrounding communities to take a small, manageable first-step towards creating more personalized learning experiences for all students.”  

“It’s about driving changes that promote real world, meaningful learning experiences for our kids – experiences that are just as intentional about those skills essential for success like perseverance, problem solving, collaboration and communication – as they are about content – and a very personalized approach,” said UK College of Education faculty member Carmen Coleman, who co-directs the college’s Next Generation Leadership Academy.

The Call for Transformation will be launched with a week-long visit from Ted Dintersmith, co-author and producer of the documentary, Most Likely to Succeed. After completing a 50-state tour with the film, Dintersmith recently named Kentucky one of five states showing the most potential to make bold progress in the next two years and reset the way America thinks about education.

Dintersmith will meet with various stakeholders utilizing messages from the film to spark innovative ideas that can be implemented in communities across the state. On September 28, he will address Kentucky school leaders attending the UK College of Education’s Next Generation Leadership Academy in a keynote.

Launch week is only the first step in the movement. More details will be released as communities define and begin implementing their projects, but all materials and processes will be shared in an online collaboration space.

Schedule of MLTS film screenings (open to media)

DATE TIME LOCATION
September 26, 2016 10 a.m Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, Richmond, Ky.
September 27, 2016 3 p.m. University of Kentucky, Taylor Education Building Auditorium, Lexington, Ky.
September 28, 2016 8:30 a.m. University of Kentucky College of Education Next Generation Leadership Academy session at the Elkhorn Crossing School, 2020 Frankfort Pike, Georgetown, Ky.
September 29, 2016 5 p.m. Hilary’s at Treece Hall, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Ky.

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