Mission Statement

The Northern Kentucky Education Council is the backbone organization for alignment of education initiatives in Northern Kentucky. The Council serves as a catalyst for collaboration, change and progress to attain regional education goals in Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and  Pendleton Counties.

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Breaking down the Big Picture of Education: Focus on early literacy to set a child on the right course

November 7, 2019 - NKyTribune - As a Northern Kentucky community, we are working to increase the number of children entering Kindergarten “ready.” We know that the ability to read does not happen naturally. In fact, a family’s efforts to teach young children to speak, understand and comprehend language are essential experiences needed to prepare children before they even enter school. Modern brain imaging confirms and expands the importance of broad exposure to language and reading for children birth to age five.

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2019 NKY Funders' Grants Finalist

October 2019 - We are honored to be a finalist for the 2019 NKY Funders’ Grants pitch competition. We need YOUR help to win. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5:00 pm at the St. Elizabeth Training Center. Everyone in the room that evening will have the chance to submit two votes for their favorite nonprofit pitches, for a $7,500 first place and $5,000 second place prize! Tickets are just $15 and include a free drink (cash bar follows), heavy appetizers, and a great time! 

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NKyTribune: Educators at NKYEC fall meeting identify lofty goals for the region and a strategy to achieve them

October 25, 2019 - By Mark Hansel, NKyTribune managing editor

The Northern Kentucky Education Council (NKYEC) annual fall meeting at Thomas More University’s Steigerwald Hall focused on regional efforts to increase the number of students that are ready for college, career, and life.

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent Karen Cheser delivered a call to action to the region’s education community at the NKYEC 2019 Fall Meeting at Thomas More University (photos by Mark Hansel).

Speakers included Joseph L. Chillo, president of Thomas More University, Dr. Randy Boone County Schools Superintendent and NKYEC executive director, Dr. Karen Cheser, Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ashish Vaidya, president of Northern Kentucky University and Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.


Career Readiness Report Released

June, 2019 - The Northern Kentucky Education Council, in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, recently released the Career Readiness Repot: Essential Skills Research and Results. This report provides significant insight into employers' expectations of high school graduates' preparedness for the workforce. 

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Education First: Breaking down the Big Picture of Education — taking a look at Early Childhood

May 28, 2019 - One of the best investments we can make for our future is to invest in our children. “Quality early learning and development programs for children can foster valuable skills, strengthen our workforce, grow our economy and reduce social spending,” states James J. Heckman, a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, and an expert in economics and human development.

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