Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  Lee Nimocks
502-573-1555 ext. 244

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- The 2006 Teacher Quality Summit in Louisville Oct. 23 - 24 will focus on the need to increase the supply and quality of mathematics, science and world language teachers. National speakers include Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech, Inc., Dr. Charles Coble of The Third Mile Group and Dr. Joe Dell Brasel of ACT, Inc. 

            The annual Teacher Quality Summit is co-sponsored by Kentucky’s public colleges and universities, the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities and the Council on Postsecondary Education and is co-hosted this year by the University of Louisville. Currently in its seventh year, the event brings together chief academic officers, deans and faculty in arts and sciences and education, K-12 educators and other state policymakers to discuss postsecondary education’s contributions to teacher quality in Kentucky.

            “Improving the preparation and professional development of teachers is critical to preparing Kentucky for the knowledge-based, global economy,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “We must increase the pipeline of students ready to earn degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and world languages.”    

           This years summit, “Teaching Above the Gathering Storm: Preparing STEM and World Language Teachers for the Global Economy,” also features a panel of key stakeholders to discuss how various state partners are joining forces to improve teacher education and student learning. The panel includes representatives from the Kentucky General Assembly, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Education Professional Standards Board. Other sessions will also address how teachers can be prepared to use the new middle and high school assessment results provided by Senate Bill 130.

            The Council leads several initiatives focused on improving college preparation specifically in the STEM areas:

  • Earlier this year, the Council worked with the Kentucky Department of Education to implement Project Lead the Way®, a model pre-engineering curriculum, in 13 school districts across the state.
  • The Council manages the Improving Education Quality Program. Through this program, the Council has awarded over $4.8 million since 2002 for research-based professional development programs for P-12 teachers and administrators focused in mathematics and science, reading, instructional leadership and foreign language.
  • The Council supports the Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program, a free, voluntary, online mathematics test to help 10th and 11th graders assess their readiness for college mathematics and avoid remedial placement in college.

            To view the full summit agenda, please visit


Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, lower crime and public assistance rates and less unemployment.


Last Updated 10/23/2006