As part of Connected Educators Month, Governor Steve Beshear is joining with leaders from the Kentucky Department of Education, the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky and the Hope Street Group in encouraging educators in the state to "get connected' to improve their practice and advance student achievement.
"Kentucky is already a nationwide leader in education," said Gov. Beshear. "By connecting our teachers and administrators to online professional learning opportunities, we will move even closer to delivering a world-class education for all of our students."
Connected Educator Month (CEM) uses online communities and networks to support teachers and administrators as they implement standards and develop effective instructional practices to help students learn and become more successful. Educators will use blogs, Twitter chats and other online communities to connect and share ideas. The goal is to bring together educators at all levels, in all disciplines, to address key issues and move toward a fully connected and collaborative profession.
In 2012, during the inaugural Connected Educators Month, more than 170 education organizations held more than 450 online events and activities and reached more than four million educators and others in the U.S. and worldwide.
"This effort aligns with Kentucky's ongoing commitment to educator effectiveness and college/career-readiness for all our students," said Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. "The activities taking place this month can have a positive effect on our teachers and students for years to come."