Foundations Fund National Education Reform Program at UK
In 2010, UK committed $1.5 million to launch the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab, an initiative that is partnering UK College of Education faculty and national experts with Kentucky school leaders to create new systems to support 21st century learning.
"Kentucky is fortunate to have Gene Wilhoit and a national center of this caliber located within our state," said UK College of Education Dean Mary John O'Hair. "This center complements the work we are doing in Kentucky to transform education for 21st century learners. As we have worked to build the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab at UK, we have noted that Kentucky has a unique alignment of focus and priorities among the various statewide agencies that are needed to scale and sustain educational innovations. I believe the cohesion and innovative spirit in Kentucky has played a large part in helping the state's primary and secondary education systems rise from 34th to 10th in Education WeekĂ˘€™s national quality rankings. The creation of the National Center for Innovation in Education will help give states the push they need to work together to develop these radically different learning experiences for students."
The Center for Innovation in Education will be housed at the UK Coldstream research campus. The center will work in close collaboration with other organizations, but will have its own executive team and funding structure.
Terry Holliday, Kentucky Education Commissioner:
"It is fitting that the National Center for Innovation in Education is being established in Kentucky, which has been at the forefront of adoption of the Common Core State Standards and promotion of college and career readiness and innovation in its schools," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. "The University of Kentucky and its P20 Innovation Lab are critical partners, providing Kentucky schools and educators with expertise and resources as they undertake this transformative work. The Kentucky Department of Education and I look forward to working with the new center, and with Gene Wilhoit, a nationally-recognized education leader who brings a long-standing commitment to improving education for all students as well as a deep knowledge of Kentucky education and its reform efforts."
Bob King, Council on Postsecondary Education President:
"This is terrific news for Kentucky. The center will advance our transformative efforts in forging innovative teacher quality and 21st century learning for KentuckyĂ˘€™s students."
Robert Brown, Education Professional Standards Board Executive Director:
"The National Center for Innovation in EducationĂ˘€™s goals will support and enhance the collaboration and cooperation among KentuckyĂ˘€™s state and national education partners. The work further supports the goals of the EPSB to prepare educators who ensure high quality instruction with a focus on college and career readiness is occurring for every child."
Transcript of Press Conference
Kentucky Education Leaders Announce New National Center for Innovation in Education
Pres. Eli Capilouto: "Thanks to the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, the National Center for Innovation in Education is being established and the University of Kentucky College of Education and will be directed by Gene Wilhoit."
Gene Wilhoit (0:24): "Imagine every student in this country prepared for life, prepared for citizenship, prepared for a career of success. That's a dream we've often talked about in this state and in this country. But imagining is not enough. We owe more to our students to the next generation than simply reporting dreams about their future. We're going to have to think how we can impart this new knowledge to our students. We're going to have to think about how we redesign learning so that they leave us as critical thinkers and problem solvers ready to take on the world that they're going to face. We need to think about how they're able to collaborate and work with each other to share the knowledge. We're going to have to think about the kinds of new circumstances they're going to face in this world and be prepared to be successful. How they become self-directed and responsible learners."
Gov. Steve Beshear (1:28): "You know this center, this addition here, is going to put the Commonwealth leading the charge to install cutting-edge teaching in our classrooms. As the whole nation tries to do a better job in preparing our students for this increasingly sophisticated world in which we live. Kentucky is on the cutting-edge of education reform and if you go around the country the general public doesn't know much about this. But you go around the country and you talk to any education folks anywhere else in the country and they'll tell you they've been calling Kentucky to find out how we're doing what we're doing."
Capilouto (2:17): "Kentucky is now at the epicenter of this transformational work and stands to benefit from the waves of change that will take root from within the state. The center will serve as a beacon of UK's coal-streamed research campus for not only the national reform agenda but also for the ongoing work of our P20 innovation lab. I believe the cohesion evidenced by those who joined me on the podium today and the innovative spirit here in Kentucky play a large part in helping us rise in national education rankings."
Wilhoit (2:57): "We're ready to take this on. We've been working with a number of states and we have ten states representing 20 million students across this country who are entering into an adventure with us. That adventure is that if we can bring the state, districts and the locals together we can solve these problems together that we can then begin to make some major differences in the lives of our children."
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