Kentucky Leads the Nation


Kentucky Leads the Nation is a program the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) initiated in 2012.  The purpose:  spotlighting innovative educational practices and educators who put KY at the forefront of Early Childhood and K-12 policy.

Since it’s inception, Kentucky Leads the Nation has featured:

  • Tracking individual student data to personalize and improve student learning Atkinson Elementary in the Jefferson County Public Schools

  • Impact of the Three Rivers Scholarship Program and Dual Credit on college attendance and completion in the Hickman County Schools

  • A revolutionary transformation of career preparation in the Academies of Kenton County

  • Early innovation in Blended Learning in the Trigg County Schools

  • Implementation of district-wide, Competency Based education in the Taylor County Schools

  • Community engagement in preparing students for Kindergarten in the Hardin County Schools

  • Innovations in rural education and creation of Non-Traditional Instructional Days in the Owsley County Schools

  • Fayette County’s creation of innovative programs to meet students’ needs in a large, urban district

  • OVEC’s transformational work with eight private childcare partners in its $20 million Early Head Start Childcare Partnership grant

Have an idea for the next Kentucky Leads the Nation Spotlight on Innovation?  Contact OVEC Director of Innovation Alicia J. Sells at