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Commissioner of Education

Kentucky Education Summit

Published: 10/25/2021 9:52 AM

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The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will host the 2021 Kentucky Education Summit at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on Nov. 1-2.

The statewide summit will focus on the future of K-12 education in the Commonwealth. Over two days, the event will pull in some of the nation’s top education reform leaders to help begin a discussion about how to build a stronger education system with high standards in Kentucky.

“I am excited to bring together such a stellar group of people and dedicate those two days to really rethinking what education needs to be for our students to be prepared for life after graduation,” said Jason E. Glass, Kentucky’s commissioner of education and chief learner.

“We also will be hearing reports that are now being produced by the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education and the mental health roundtables being led by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. These key insights will help fill in the pieces about what our students and families feel is needed in education.”​

​COVID-19 Vaccination Proof Required:

KDE will require individuals attending the Summit to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or show proof of negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours prior to Nov. 1.

Portions of the summit will be live streamed and can be watched through Summit Livestream link.

                                                                   Kentucky Education Summit Schedule

Confirmed speakers:

​                      PedroNoguera picture
           ​Pedro Noguera, Ph.D
Dean of the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education
         Topic: Equity

​​​​                     Rick Hess Picture
                Rick Hess, Ph.D
Director of education policy studies at the American                   Enterprise Institute
                  ​Topic: Equity
​                  Tony Wagner Picture
            Tony Wagner, Ph.D
    Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy         Institute
Topic: Education for the Innovation Era
                Linda Darling Hammond Picture
              Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D
Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Education
Topic: Successful state and international approaches to raising education systems 
​                       Jacqueline Coleman Picture
                      Jacqueline Coleman
58th lieutenant governor of Kentucky and secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
            Topic: Student & Educator Mental Health
​                     Jason Glass Picture
                   Jason E. Glass, Ed.D
 Commissioner of Education and Chief Learner        Kentucky Department of Education
     Topic: New vision for education and coalition                           report release 
​                     Lu Young Picture
                 ​Lu Young, Ed.D
                  Chair, Kentucky Board of Education
                Topic: Closing Summary
                        ​Aaron Thompson Picture
                   Aaron Thompson, Ph.D
       President, Kentucky Council for Postsecondary                           Education
         Topic: Beyond KERA- What will Kentucky's next chapter be?
​                      Travis Hamby Picture     
                   Travis Hamby
                Allen County Schools Superintendent
              Topic: Local Laboratories of Learning


Hotel Accommodation Information:

There are special rates with the Hyatt Regency Louisville and Louisville Marriott Downtown for those who are traveling to Louisville and are in need of hotel accommodations.Click on the below images to book rooms at any of the two hotels.

Guests should be able to call in and reference the KDE Education Summit at both hotels to receive the special room rate. 


Hyatt Regencey Louisville Ky

For questions about the 2021 Education Summit, email Donna Melton. ​




Toni Konz Tatman
Chief Communications Officer
Office of the Commissioner
Division of Communications
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2000 ext. 4602
Fax (502) 564-3049 

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