The Southeast South-Central Educational Cooperative (SESC) announced a new initiative to address student learning loss that may have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of educators from the SESC region have been selected to work with districts within the region to address students’ social emotional needs and assist in accelerating learning.

Kentucky’s 8 educational cooperatives across the Commonwealth were awarded an $8 million grant through the Kentucky Department of Education, backed by federal funding to address coronavirus response and relief. The project will span a 2-year period, where the educational cooperatives will develop and implement a plan to assist districts in addressing the recent learning loss and social-emotional needs that may have arisen during the past year and a half.

SESC provides services to 27 districts across the southeastern and south central parts of the state.

The SESC Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) team consists of Renee Brashear Hibbard as the coordinator of the team, Annie Conner as the social-emotional learning specialist, Judy Winkler as a learning acceleration specialist focusing in Math, Connie Brookins as a learning acceleration specialist focusing on English language arts and Shirley Surface as the learning environment specialist.