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Kentucky School Leaders Join Next Generation Leadership Academy

by Amanda Nelson

photo of Next Generation Leadership AcademyThe latest co-hort of the UK College of Education’s Next Generation Leadership Academy launched this week with 90 school leaders participating.

Districts represented include:

  • BEATHITT
  • CASEY
  • CLARK
  • FLOYD
  • JACKSON INDEPENDENT
  • JEFFERSON
  • JENKINS INDEPENDENT
  • JOHNSON
  • LEE
  • LETCHER
  • MAGOFFIN
  • MASON
  • MERCER
  • LETCHER
  • OWSLEY
  • PADUCAH INDEPENDENT
  • PIKE
  • TRIGG
  • WOLFE

Additionally, there are teams from Asbury University and the Kentucky Valley Education Association, joined by a professor from Pikeville University.

During the interactive sessions participants heard from Terry Holliday, Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner; Tom Vander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and CEO of Getting Smart, a learning advocacy firm; UK College of Education faculty members Linda France, John Nash, Justin Bathon, Wayne Lewis, Eve Proffitt, Jayson Richardson, Laurie Henry and Nick Sauers; UK College of Education Dean Mary John O’Hair; and Kentucky school leaders Janet Granada, Carmen Coleman and Buddy Berry.

The academy is a year-long study to redefine systems of learning to support next generation learning. Participants have joined a virtual support network to share resources, ideas and support for innovation practices that improve college and career readiness.

Eminence Superintendent Buddy Berry says of his participation in the academy, “We wanted to move away as fast as we could from the factory model, to personalize learning for all students. The only people that we saw doing that effectively with a plan and system was the UK Next Generation Leadership Academy. Year one surpassed any expectation that we had and really motivated us to change even faster than what we had anticipated.”