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Kentucky Leads the Nation


Kentucky is no stranger to supporting the nation in education reform, and Kentucky Leads the Nation exists to inspire the innovations necessary to do it again – and again.  In this rapidly changing world, the walls of classrooms are coming down.  We provide schools and policy makers with ideas and inspiration to move Kentucky children ahead of the curve.

Model Innovation

“Field Trips” of the Kentucky Leads the Nation Round Table bring together educators, advocates, and policy makers to see schools transforming approaches to teaching and learning.  Reports from each meeting on www.kyleadsthenation.com provide valuable “how-to’s” and inspiration to all Kentucky Educators.

Educate Policy Makers

Federal, state, and local elected officials (including school board members) are involved in all KLN events.  Our goal is to develop a common knowledge of Kentucky’s education priorities, needs, and achievements among all of those whose decisions impact kids.  

Change Culture

Innovation requires a capacity for change and new expectations.  Our training programs support schools in their efforts to develop understanding and build school, parental, and community investment in new approaches to education.  KLN also is leading the innovation efforts of Kentucky’s $41 million District-Race to the Top grant to create mold-breaking models of personalized learning.

Develop Leaders

The iLead Program will create a new generation of innovators in Kentucky’s public school districts by helping superintendents, teachers, administrators, and school board members become experts, thought leaders, and mentors to colleagues.  Two programs will support this work:

1.    Innovation Fellows – An annual program to strengthen the capacity of Kentucky’s educators and policy makers with intensive and collegial work on change, risk, advocacy, and engagement.
2.    Innovator Round Table – Consultation with the nation’s leading innovators in education and business with exploration of a new way of thinking, dreaming, and doing.

Build Relationships

Many organizations are working to improve education.  KLN works to bring partners together for collaboration, discussion, and collective impact and points school districts in the direction of resources and support.