About the series
In this series hosted by Gill Hunter, Interim Dean of Education at EKU, 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 - 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.
TEACHING IN A PANDEMIC
July 16, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Clay County Math teacher Aaron Asher
REOPENING SCHOOLS UNDER PANDEMIC CONDITIONS
THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
KENTUCKY'S TEACHER SHORTAGE
October 14, 2021 - Cynthia Resor with Amanda Ellis
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 Bush, chair 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.