Henry County Administrators attend press conference for National Center for Innovation in Education


Representatives from the Henry County School system attended a February 8 press conference in Frankfort where University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced the National Center for Innovation in Education is being established at the UK College of Education.  The center has funding from two of the country's leading foundations -- the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Pictured left to right are HCHS Principal  Shannon Sageser, Campbellsburg Elementary Principal Mark Johnson, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Superintendent Tim Abrams, Assistant Superintendent  Kricket McClure, and UK College of Education Dean Mary John O’Hair.

The press conference was held during the Next Generation Leadership Academy, an output of the UK College of Education’s Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab.  Henry County schools are part of this intensive year-long partnership during which schools work with UK College of Education faculty to discover new ways to educate students growing up with knowledge, technology and economies much different than previous generations.

The National Center for Innovation in Education will be directed by Gene Wilhoit, a former Kentucky Department of Education commissioner who is a highly regarded figure in national education circles.  Wilhoit most recently spent six years as director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Washington D.C. During his tenure at CCSSO, Wilhoit spearheaded the development and adoption by 45 states of the Common Core State Standards.

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 Video from the press conference is available at: http://vimeo.com/ukcollegeofeducation/uknationalcenter

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