Gill Hunter & Brigitte Blom: Education

In this series co-hosted by Gill Hunter, Interim Dean of Education at EKU, and Brigitte Blom, Executive Director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, we explore and amplify the many issues facing Kentucky educators, students and parents. 

Kentucky has nearly 650,000 children attending pre-school through high schools in 172 school districts. 42,000 teachers and 54,000 administrators and support staff are working in the 1,466 public schools across the state.   Added together, 17% of the state’s population, almost 1/5, attend or work for public schools in Kentucky. 

Many of the issues facing public schools, teachers, students, and their families are national trends - a growing shortage of teachers, funding, student performance, issues related to diversity, and school safety.  Other issues are unique to Kentucky such as high rates of poverty, lack of internet access and technology in schools and the homes of students, or funding for transportation. 

The Interviews

August 17, 2023 - There’s a new kid in class. Goes by the initials “A.I.” How classroom teachers are preparing for the influence of artificial intelligence on the real thing. Education series co-host Gil Hunter talks with Dr. John Nash, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Studies and director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking at the University of Kentucky. 


June 29, 2023 - "Durable Skills" - those we use to share what we know such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, as well as the character skills fortitude and leadership,  are the focus of Learning Curve series host Brigitte Blom in this interview with American Succeeds co-founder and president Tim Taylor. LISTEN

November 10, 2022 - The connection between education and economic well-being is explored with Vicki Phillips of the National Center for Education and the Economy. Brigitte Blom, host.  

September 8, 2022 - Gill Hunter's guest is Brooke Gill, Senior Director for Family Engagement Policy and Practice with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.  They discuss an effort to bring parents, teachers and businesses onto the same wavelength to strengthen public education. 

August 18, 2022 - As classes get underway Kentucky, like much of the country, searches for qualified teachers. Brigitte Blom discusses the teacher shortage with Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass 

July 28, 2022 - Out with standardized testing, in with Deeper Learning. Gill Hunter gets details from KY Board of Education chair Lu Young. 


July 9, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Mica Fawns, Montgomery County special education and Math  teacher

July 16, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Clay County Math teacher Aaron Asher

July 23, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Leslie County math and social studies teacher Rhonda Gross

August 6, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Rockcastle County  social studies teacher Holly Robinson

August 13, 2020 - Tom Martin with Dr. Jade Robinson, EKU Dept. of Communication Disorders 

August 13, 2020 - Tom Martin with Katie Moore,  faculty member in EKU's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education

December 31, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Tonya Crum, Senior Director of Education at KET 

November 11, 2021 - Cynthia Resor with Dr. James McGinn on pandemic conditions and teacher/student mental health


August 20, 2020 - Tonya May with Rockcastle County Schools Superintendent Carrie Ballinger

August 27, 2020 - Tonya May with David Cox, Superintendent, Corbin Independent Schools

September 3, 2020 - Tonya May with Diane Hatchett, Superintendent, Berea Independent Schools

September 10, 2020 - Tonya May with Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio

September 24, 2020 - Tonya May with Madison County Schools Superintendent David Gilliam


October 15, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Carter G. Woodson Academy senior Dalen Cozart

 November 12, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Rockcastle County senior Kerrigan Medley

December 10, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with EKU history major Trent Catlett


April 8, 2021 - Cynthia Resor with Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman

July 8, 2021 - Cynthia Resor with Rob Akers

October 14, 2021 - Cynthia Resor with Amanda Ellis


May  6, 2021 - Cheating Apps - Cynthia Resor with Jamie Shaffer, Coordinator for Teaching and Learning Initiatives at EKU's Noel Studio for Academic Creativity

June 10, 2021 - American Sign Language - Cynthia Resor with Virginia Moore, the governor's sign language interpreter, on heavy demand for sign language professionals.

May 26, 2022 - The classroom and learning implications of Senate Bill One, passed by the Republican dominated Kentucky State Legislature in its 2022 session. Cynthia Resor talks with Russell County public school social studies teacher Donnie Wilkerson.


December 16, 2021 - The Kentucky "Staycation" - Cynthia Resor with Dr. Dana Bushchair of the department of Applied Human Sciences at EKU discusses her development of an online global hospitality and travel program. 

January 6, 2022 - As the world experiences climate change environmental education becomes more vital than ever. Cynthia Resor with Brittany Wray, Education Director, Kentucky Association for Environmental Education 

February 10, 2022 - What it can mean when a local kid breaks through many barriers to earn a college degree, become a state's primary advocate for higher education and brings home the opportunity for others in need of a leg up. Cynthia Resor with Council for Postsecondary Education president Aaron Thompson on the Thompson Scholars program. 

May 12, 2022 - Eating disorders have increased in frequency during the pandemic. ES Contributor Cynthia Resor discusses these conditions with a specialist in the field, Dr. Sydney Brodeur-Johnson.