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Teachers, students attend rural education summit held in Pikeville recently

More than 600 people participated in person at the Forging Innovation in Rural Education (FIRE) Summit, a multi-district K-12 educational professional learning event October 23 in Pikeville. Several thousand more watched the event, which was live-streamed.

Over 200 teachers and students from 23 school district teams presented at the Summit sponsored by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC).

Educators shared innovations in learning they implemented in their classrooms using the innovation grants awarded through KVEC. Students shared four “Community Challenge” projects that offer solutions to realworld challenges. Middle School and High School Entrepreneurial students displayed innovative conceptual designs and student developed and run businesses. Over 900 innovative best practices have been shared over recent years.

The summit sessions have been archived and are available at www.the holler.org.

Letcher County teachers presenting topics were: Principal Rocky Craft, Donna Mason, Stephanie Nichols, Mary Ann Caudill, Michele Stamper, Amy Bates, Tammy Cook, Tara Boggs, Michael Melton, Blake Mason, Misty Tackett, Melissa Blair, Rebecca Potter, Kelah Lowe, Autumn Newsome, Emily Kincer, Joey Kincer, and Julie Amburgey.

Letcher County Student Senate members Emily Caudill and Hannah Boggs also presented and helped facilitate the sessions.

For more information, contact Ronny Goins or visit www.theholler.org

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