About the series

In this series hosted by Cynthia Resor, Professor of Social Studies Education, and Tonya May, Director of Research and Recruitment in the College of Education at EKU, we’re looking into the many challenges of reopening Kentucky public schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.


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


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