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2014 Apple Awards

Six individuals and two community and student-based organizations are awarded Forward in the Fifth’s 2014 AppLE Awards for education excellence


WYMT-TV coveage of AppLE Awards program

WYMT-TV news reporter Steve King was at The Center for Rural Development yesterday to cover Forward in the Fifth’s Education Leadership Day and the regional Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) awards recognition program. Click here to watch WYMT-TV news coverage of the event. Thank you Steve and WYMT-TV for the news report.


Regional workshops for parents address new education standards

What parents need to know about Kentucky’s new academic standards and testing was the topic of three recent regional workshops in Boyd, Breathitt and Pulaski counties. Forward in the Fifth, a regional non-profit organization that supports increasing educational attainment, collaborated with the Kentucky Parent Teacher Association (KYPTA) and The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence offering parent workshops to provide an Read more…


Schools develop leadership through The 7 Habits

Pineville Elementary School in Bell County, McBrayer Elementary School in Rowan County and Gamaliel Elementary School in Monroe County are making a difference in academic outcomes through “The Leader in Me” and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.


Educational Summit Keynote

Education is changing rapidly across Kentucky and our country. Recently Forward in the Fifth hosted an Educational Summit highlighting these transformations for educators, community leaders and parents


KY First Lady attends literacy event

Breshear addresses Pulaski County Kids

Beshear addresses Pulaski County KidsNearly 1,000 excited fourth-grade students in Pulaski County got to personally meet Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and take home a free children’s book at the second annual “Read Pulaski County” event on Wednesday at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.


Student leadership initiative launches at four elementary schools

Leader In Me McBrayer Elementary School

Four elementary schools in Southern and Eastern Kentucky have been selected by Forward in the Fifth and The Center for Rural Development to pilot a new student leadership initiative that aims to help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders. The initiative, based on the book, “The Leader in Me,” by best-selling author Stephen Covey, will provide Read more…


Live web broadcasts features guest appearance by KY Education Commissioner

The Center for Rural Development and Forward in the Fifth wrapped up a week of live “College and Career Readiness: Planning Forward” web video broadcasts Friday.


First Lady Jane Beshear visits educators, parents at Reading Recovery event

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear met this week in Somerset with educators and parents from seven Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties to discuss ongoing efforts to improve reading skills in young children. Mrs. Beshear, a strong advocate for education and former high school teacher, attended a book-reading demonstration by a first-grade participant in the Reading Read more…


Seeking nominees for new regional ‘AppLE Awards’

AppLE Awards

Throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky, educators, parents, students, and community leaders work tirelessly to advance education in their schools, home communities, and the region. Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization created to help raise the educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District, is seeking to recognize leaders in education, including local parent and Read more…


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