David Cook, director of innovative learning at Kentucky Department of Education, joins Jason Swanson for a conversation on how Kentucky has been quietly innovating the state’s public education system over the past decade.
In a state serving vastly different communities – from Paducah to Louisville to Appalachia – how is Kentucky pursuing innovative learning and implementing changes to create a more vibrant future of learning that serves every student in the state’s education system?
This is the first webinar in the series exploring how state leaders are shaping the future of learning. Learn about the second.
About David Cook
David Cook has served as the Director of Innovative Learning for the Kentucky Department of Education since the Innovative Learning unit was created in 2010 as the Division of Innovation. In that role he leads a team of professionals charged with supporting innovative learning in Kentucky schools. The work of the Division centers around a network of school districts called the Kentucky Innovative Learning Network. The districts in the network participate in a variety of opportunities including the Local Laboratories of Learning (L3) work that seeks to create a more community-based, equitable system of education. Other programs include the scaling of project-based learning throughout the state through a partnership with PBLWorks (The Buck Institute) as well as legislatively mandated programs like the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program which brought remote learning to Kentucky a decade before COVID-19 and the Districts of Innovation Program (2012) which gives districts the ability to waive certain statutes and administrative rules.