Posts Tagged ‘Education Matters’

Al Smith Returns; Education’s David Cook on Innovation

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Here are a couple of program notes for your Sunday and Monday KET viewing:

Our friend and a true Kentucky treasure makes a return visit to “One to One”  Sunday. Former “Comment on Kentucky” host and author Al Smith comes to the table to talk about “Kentucky Cured: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism”, his second book which came out last fall.

Al has so much to say about his life, family, education, and journalism in Kentucky that it has taken him two books to write it all down; his first volume, “Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism” was the top seller a couple of years ago at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort.

His new work is a collection of new and updated essays and is replete with tales of well-known Kentucky personalities like “Happy” Chandler, Bert Combs, and Louie Nunn. And the best part of my conversation with Al—is Al! He still remains of high spirit and enthusiasm about his writing and his life. It was great to spend a few minutes with him.

Monday night at 9 ET, “Education Matters” explores how Kentucky schools are using technology combined with innovative strategies to give students more control over their education. The panelists, from Eminence Independent and Danville Independent, also discuss project based-learning and how Kentucky teachers can continue to be learners themselves.

Joining the discussion is Dr. John Nash, associate professor in the College of Education at UK and David Cook, director of innovation and partner engagement at the Kentucky Department of Education.

In an after-the-show segment, Cook talked about his role as the go-to person for innovation in Kentucky schools.

“One to One” airs at 1 pm ET on Sunday.
“Education Matters” airs at 9 pm ET Monday.

Journalists from Around the World in Danville

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

We’re just hours away from the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville.

A crisp, cool fall morning greeted debate watchers in Central Kentucky; students, politicians, network anchors and hundreds of volunteers are gathering for what most believe will be a real rockem’-sockem’, back-and-forth, free-for-all between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

It’s going to be fun to watch.
After an AARP event Wednesday at Centre, I talked with two of the estimated 600 journalists who have converged on Danville for the debate.

Frank van Vliet is the chief USA correspondent for the largest Dutch newspaper, “De Telegraaf,”  which is based in Amsterdam. Here are his thoughts about being in Kentucky.

I also spent a few minutes with a correspondent for the “People’s Daily” in China. Wen Xian is based in Washington and has traveled to Kentucky for the second time, though this is his first visit to Central Kentucky. He talked about his impressions of the people he’s met at the college.

PBS will have full coverage of the debate tonight at 9/8 central on KET.

Join us one hour before that for a special Education Matters program featuring Kentucky students discussing issues pertaining to young people in this year’s presidential election.

You’ll also get a behind the scenes look at preparation for tonight’s debate at Centre College.

Civility Pledge at Centre Debate

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

There is so much going on in preparation for the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville Thursday night.

Today the campus will really come alive with the arrival of the network television trucks and journalists pouring into Danville from all over the world.

One of the coolest visuals you can see — without traveling to Danville — is the debate count-down clock which is on display at the Centre College Debate website. You can see it ticking away as I write this blog, 2 days and 9 hours away from the Thursday, Oct. 11, 9 pm ET start of the debate.

Centre College website count-down clock

Debate count-down clock on Centre College website

The students, faculty—the entire town is fired up! And the attention that this debate is creating! Here’s a piece from the Huffington Post website that was published this morning.

Earlier this summer, we invited two students from Centre to appear on Kentucky Tonight to talk about politics and the presidential race. This week, in preparation for our KET special program which will air an hour before the debate Thursday evening, I ran into them again.

David Miller is the president of the Centre College Young Democrats; Lucas Wetton is president of the Young Republicans at Centre. They’re good friends, although they don’t agree politically. One thing they do agree on is a civility pledge they’ve developed with Centre President John Roush and other students. Here’s a conversation I had with them just days ago.


And, don’t forget our special pre-debate program: Education Matters, “Student Voices, Election 2012,” features a panel of six Kentucky high school students discussing the upcoming election on KET October 11 at 8/7 pm CT.

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