SOAR kicks off STEM-based education, workforce initiative 64 teachers in eastern Kentucky enroll

MANCHESTER – Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, joined educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts at Clay County High School to help kick-off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Council on Postsecondary Education, University of Pikeville, Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board Teaching Certification. The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

“National Board Certification of teachers is the critical first link in the chain of creating an environment where eastern Kentucky students can get a high-quality STEM-based education that leads to higher-wage jobs,” said Anthony “Tony” Campbell, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

Along with obtaining the certification, teachers will receive a master’s degree with an emphasis on leadership at regional teaching centers close to their homes, plus rank change and salary increase, all provided at no cost to them or their school districts.

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SOAR kicks off STEM-based education, workforce initiative

64 teachers in eastern Kentucky enrolled in program

MANCHESTER — Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, joined educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts at Clay County High School to help kick-off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Council on Postsecondary Education, University of Pikeville, Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board Teaching Certification. The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

“National Board Certification of teachers is the critical first link in the chain of creating an environment where eastern Kentucky students can get a high-quality STEM-based education that leads to higher-wage jobs,” said Anthony “Tony” Campbell, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

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64 Eastern Kentucky teachers to participate in STEM-based education initiative

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers kicked off a STEM-based education program Monday through SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region).

The program encourages teachers to be trained in STEM education through National Board Certification. STEM focuses on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The goal is for educators to prepare students for the workforce.

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SOAR launches STEM-based education, workforce initiative

Educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts have kicked off an education initiative aimed at building a STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by creating new opportunities for teachers through National Board Certification.

They were joined by Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairmen of SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, in a ceremony July 20 at Clay County High School in Manchester.

Morehead State University has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Council on Postsecondary Education, the University of Pikeville, the Department for Local Government and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to provide 64 teachers in 22 of the highest unemployment, highest poverty SOAR counties with National Board teaching certification. The selected teachers started the three-year program earlier this month.

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Bill Clinton announces program to improve science, math education in Eastern Kentucky

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington-Herald Leader

East Kentucky Power Cooperative and the non-profit Project Lead The Way are pursuing an initiative to improve science, technology, engineering and math education in Eastern Kentucky to bring high-skill, high-wage jobs to the region, a news release said.

On Wednesday, at a Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, former President Bill Clinton announced the organizations’ plan to help the region’s public school teachers pursue professional development, and for school districts to implement Project Lead The Way’s STEM-based curriculum, the news release said.

The Clinton Global Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to address challenges.

The overall initiative is called STEM-Transforming Eastern Kentucky, or STEM-TEK. Its plan is to provide professional development opportunities for 3,000 teachers. The intent is to engage more than 80,000 students in 19 counties, the news release said.

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STEM-TEK (STEM Transforming Eastern Kentucky)

Commitment by East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc., Project Lead the Way

In 2015, the East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Project Lead The Way committed to pilot STEM Transforming Eastern Kentucky (STEM-TEK), a comprehensive K-16 STEM education initiative that will equip students with the 21st century skills needed to attract industry and employers to the region. Over the course of three years, commitment partners will implement Project Lead The Way’s K-12 STEM curriculum in 177 schools across 19 counties, providing ongoing professional development and promoting certification for 3,000 teachers, and engaging over 82,000 students in high-quality project-based STEM learning.

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