Forty million dollars in Race to the Top federal funding is going to help western and central Kentucky students take more responsibility for their learning.
Green River Regional Education Cooperative, or GRREC, is a consortium of Kentucky school districts. GRREC district Race to the Top winners announced this week include Owensboro Independent, Daviess County, and Union County.
Executive Director George Wilson says they’re using the money to fund methods of teaching that create more independent learners.
“I’m not just talking about online learning. I’m talking about more what business and industry say are the skills needed for today’s workforce—being able to work together, being able to communicate at high levels, being able to research and gather information rapidly," said Wilson.
Wilson says GRREC schools begin implementing the grant in 2013. Race to the Top funds carry through the next four years. Wilson says the districts plans to develop a sustainability plan to continue the training after that.