Education Matters: Innovation and Technology

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by KET Education Consultants

Hal Heiner, Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Stephen L. Pruitt, Kentucky Commissioner of Education; and Beth Benjamin, Director of the Owensboro Innovation Academy, discuss innovative approaches to high school in Kentucky. Footage of the iLead Academy in Carrollton is featured.

KET Recognizes Adult Ed Student and Learning Center of the Year

Friday, June 10th, 2016 by KET Education Consultants

An Eddyville student and a Sandy Hook adult education facility have been recognized by KET as the Fast Forward Kentucky Student of the Year and Kentucky Learning Center of the Year.

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Amanda Isner-Cheek of Lyon County has been selected as the Fast Forward Kentucky Student of the Year for her remarkable persistence in pursuing her educational goals and for her success in using Fast Forward, KET’s GED® test-preparation curriculum.

On June 14, KET Adult Education staff will participate in the GED® graduation ceremony at the Lyon County Adult Education center to recognize Isner-Cheek’s success. Thanks to her studies with KET’s Fast Forward online test-preparation system, Isner-Cheek was able to pass each of the GED®’ test’s four sections – math, language arts, science and social studies – on the first try.

“Amanda had dropped out of school nearly 15 years ago and had managed to enjoy some successes in the working world” but eventually found that “employment was harder to find without a GED®,” said Natalie McPherson, the Lyon County Adult Education coordinator and instructor who nominated Isner-Cheek for the award.

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KET has selected Elliott County Adult Education as its Kentucky Learning Center of the Year for its outstanding use of Fast Forward, KET’s GED® test-preparation curriculum.

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Based in Sandy Hook, Ky., Elliott County Adult Education provides services such as GED® test preparation, family literacy instruction, English as a second language classes, workforce education and more to adult learners in the region.

On June 8, KET Adult Education staff will hold a ceremony at the center to recognize its students and instructors’ consistent and successful use of Fast Forward. Several of the center’s students have received their GED® certification this year, using Fast Forward as part of their studies.

“KET congratulates Amanda on her determination and success in achieving her GED® certification in order to secure a strong foundation for her chosen career,”  said Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director and CEO. “And we are thrilled that KET’s Fast Forward has been utilized so successfully in Elliott County to help learners there obtain a GED® credential as a critical first step in achieving their dreams.”

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and facebook.com/KET and at KET.org.

KET’s Opioid Initiative investigates opioid epidemic with programs, new website

Friday, May 6th, 2016 by KET Education Consultants

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America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Drug overdoses from both illegal drugs and prescription painkillers now account for more accidental deaths than motor vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more deaths due to opioid overdoses than any other time in history, killing 78 people every day. Those numbers have nearly quadrupled since 1999. In Kentucky, overdoses from opioids kill more than 1,000 people every year.

Inside Opioid Addiction, a new ongoing KET initiative, serves as an in-depth source of information about the epidemic via programming and online resources.

The initiative’s website, KET.org/opioids, will include archived KET and national programs addressing America’s growing opioid problem. These include a series of One to One with Bill Goodman programs premiering this month that feature interviews recorded at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, organized by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky-based Operation UNITE. In these interviews, local and national drug policy experts, scientists, and leaders – including Rep. Rogers, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Michael Botticelli, director of National Drug Control Policy; and Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – discuss ways to curb the alarming addiction statistics.

Throughout the year, KET’s Kentucky HealthConnections with Renee ShawKentucky TonightComment on Kentucky and Legislative Update will all address opioid addiction and related legislation, in addition to national series that tackle the issue, such as FRONTLINE. After airing, these programs will be available for online streaming via the initiative’s website.

The initiative also includes plans for a KET documentary about Kentucky’s battle against the opioid epidemic, which is scheduled to premiere in early 2017.

KET’s Inside Opioid Addiction is funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and facebook.com/KET and at KET.org.


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