The future of education in Kentucky was the topic Tuesday night as more than 1,000 people from across Kentucky attended 10 community forums for Transforming Education in Kentucky and participated in a live broadcast by KET of their new program, Education Matters.
In Lexington, the assembled participants included parents, teachers, community members interested in education, employers, Fayette County Public Schools Board Members and Superintendent and others.
Governor Beshear created the Transforming Education in Kentucky (TEK) Task Force to inspire public support for K-12 education in Kentucky. The goal is to create a vision of what schools need to offer in Kentucky in order to serve students today and in the future The Governor has tasked TEK with examining the following topics:
- Improving College Readiness
- Providing Every Student with the Opportunity to Earn College Credit During High School
- Creating a System of Assessments that Measure what Employers Value
- Ramping Up Academics in Career and Tech Schools
- Using Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
- Improving Teacher Recruitment and Retention
- Improving Transitions Between Preschool to K?12
The participants in the community forum were introduced to these topic areas and asked to give feedback. All comments and questions were transcribed for later review by the committee. TEK asked for visions and dreams for education as well as areas if interest or concern to participants. Although many topics were discussed, many felt that support for teachers was needed as well as a commitment to out of the box thinking. Life skills like problem solving, working in groups and articulate communication were discussed. The need for pathways to success for all children was a concern.
Following the input portion of the evening, the group watched the live broadcast of Education Matters, hosted by Bill Goodman. Participants were Governor Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear, Robert King, President of the Council on Postsecondary Education, and Dr. Terry Holliday, Education Commissioner. The panelists took questions from all 10 forums and discussed education in Kentucky today. You can watch it at the KET Education Matters Web site.
The passion in the room for education was strong. Everyone is looking forward to the TEK recommendations and the continuing roll out of the changes in Senate Bill 1. It is an exciting time in education!