Educator-Led Conference Highlights Innovation in JCPS

More than 1,600 educators attend three-day event

More than 1,600 teachers, administrators and other fellow educators from across Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) teamed up recently to bring fresh and innovative ideas to the table on how to best engage and empower students.

The group convened at the Kentucky Exposition Center over three days for the inaugural JCPS Deeper Learning Symposium—a powerful summer conference led by the educators. The symposium, held June 7-9, also featured nationally prominent keynote speakers, including Dr. Christopher Emdin, as well as a number of JCPS teachers and educators as presenters.

“The networking was wonderful,” said Newburg Middle School teacher Jessica Sutherland. “I met so many different people that I can reach out to for support and for collaboration of lessons. I loved it.”

The symposium focused on the district’s vision to create personalized, deeper learning for every student and professional—a key goal of the Vision 2020 strategic plan. Deeper learning is grounded in helping students develop the social, emotional and intellectual knowledge, skills, capacities and dispositions to thrive in school and beyond by cultivating caring, constructive learning relationships; meaningful, personalized, real-world learning experiences; and supportive, equity-focused learning environments.