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Educational Summit

Educational Summit To celebrate 25 years of supporting education, Forward in the Fifth hosted an Educational Summit in November 2011 to address current regional and national issues in education.

Educators, business leaders, government officials and interested members of the community convened to hear informative and inspiring remarks by keynote speaker, Gene Wilhoit. Wilhoit is a former Commissioner of Education in Kentucky and now serves as Executive Director of the Council of Chief State and School Officers.

Topics addressed in small group sessions included the new national common core standards and state accountability system. There were also sessions on college and career readiness, dropout prevention and homeschooling.

As part of the celebration, Forward in the Fifth announced its launch of the AppLE (Appalachian Leaders in Education) Awards. The inaugural award was presented to U.S. Congressman, Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-05). He was recognized for his leadership in education through creation of Forward in the Fifth 25 years ago and his on-going support of education initiatives.

Wilhoit and Paul E. Patton, president of University of Pikeville and former Kentucky governor, were presented with Difference Maker Awards by Congressman Rogers for their positive influence on education.

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