About the series

In this series hosted by Cynthia Resor, Professor of Social Studies Education at EKU, we’ve been looking into the many challenges faced by teachers, students and administrators of  Kentucky public schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series has turned its focus to a serious teacher shortage in Kentucky and the nation, as well as other issues such as the prevalence of cheating apps available to students - some designed to evade plagiarism software used by teachers.

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 - 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. Public education sometimes looks different in Kentucky. Then came a pandemic.

PART 1: TEACHING IN A PANDEMIC

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

 PART 2: REOPENING SCHOOLS UNDER PANDEMIC CONDITIONS

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

Part 3: THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

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

Part 4: KENTUCKY'S TEACHER SHORTAGE

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

Part 5: LEARNING ISSUES

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.