Brigitte Blom – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Brigitte Blom

  • Prichard to emphasize the meaning of and importance of equity in series of Thursday posts

    In recent weeks and months, the word “equity” and the intention behind “equity” related work have been questioned. Because of this, the Prichard Committee is joining the refrain of leaders across the state who are working to dispel misinformation and to rightly connect the work of “equity” to achieving full “equality” for which we, and our Constitution, aspire.
  • Statement on discussing race, sex, gender and religious issues in the classroom

    Kentucky should engage in a solutions-focused process and discussion to improve culturally relevant and inclusive education practices. Such a process is a systemic way to inform the development and revisions of our state standards and model curriculum framework which empowers students with the abilities and capacities in KRS 158.645 and KRS 158.6451 needed to become informed citizens.
  • How should Kentucky spend $2.1 billion for K-12 education?

    Last month, following the approval of the American Rescue Plan, I wrote about the need for communities to come to the table to talk about education recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. As guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on the use of these funds has been made available, it’s apparent that community, parent, and education stakeholder buy-in isn’t just on my wish list – it’s a requirement.
  • Time for Communities to Come to the Table

    As our children are heading back to school, the COVID-19 vaccine is become more available, and many of us are beginning to head back to our respective offices, our attention is rightly turning to recovery. For us at the Prichard Committee, that means education recovery. How do we take everything we’ve learned the last year, all the resources at our disposal, and all the creative capacity we can muster to stem the tide on learning loss, help our young people catch up, and accelerate learning to ensure we don’t have a lost generation?
  • Op-Ed: Why the Prichard Committee supports state assessments this spring

    We know a year into a global health pandemic, one which left our students and our teachers displaced and scrambling to keep up, sounds like the worst time to maintain state assessments. In our view, it’s actually the exact right time to measure the toll of COVID on student learning. Let’s say I’m a health-conscious individual and over the holidays I splurged a little too often on food and drink and I backslid on exercise. I knew I wasn’t treating my body as well as I did before the holidays and it was time to get back on track.
  • A Richer Vision for Education & Economic Development

    There are high hopes for the work of the Commonwealth Education Continuum which was announced late last year. The meeting agenda describes the effort as a “multi-agency education initiative” and the objectives outlined suggest the focus will be to increase postsecondary attainment. A laudable and much needed focus for a state which ranks 4th in the nation for poverty and whose economy lags the nation considerably.
  • 2020 taught us to prioritize innovation & engagement

    Whew, what a year it’s been! We’ve all weathered both collective and unique challenges in 2020 and, without a doubt, we’re pleased to the see the year come to a close. The core values we learned quickly to prioritize were innovation & engagement. As a team, we came together quickly in March to start providing answers and meaningful discussions during the early days of the pandemic with our Facebook Live Innovations in Education episodes.
  • We must close the digital divide in Kentucky.

    We urge our schools, districts, and communities to put all creative energy into re-imagining how we deliver on the promise and constitutional obligation of public education in these extraordinary times. This may include enhanced digital learning delivery and community learning pods to provide in-person supports in much smaller, safely distanced settings.
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