The University of Kentucky has committed $1.5 million over the next three years to launch the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab: A Partnership for Next Generation Learning, housed in the UK College of Education.
The goal of the lab is to spark a broad-based transformation of public education and address the need to prepare Kentucky students for higher education and the workforce.
Under the leadership of UK College of Education Dean Mary John O’Hair, the College of Education is partnering with Kentucky schools, businesses, community leaders, higher education, industry and government to transform classrooms to engage learners at an early age and create a pipeline of students well-prepared to go to college and obtain careers matching their skills and interests.
“It is not good enough to simply conduct world-class research on our campus,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “We must seek ways to make sure our campus breakthroughs hit the ground in Kentucky and change lives in every Kentucky community. This lab will help us to do that.”
The Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab model will take cues from the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center: Over the past five years, schools participating in the Oklahoma K-20 Center have consistently seen increases in student learning by 74 percent more than the state’s average increase on the Oklahoma Academic Performance Index (API), which includes standardized tests, ACT scores, and dropout rates.