Audrey Gilbert, a senior at Frankfort Independent, has been selected to serve as interim chair of the newly formed Kentucky United We Learn Council.
“As a Kentucky student and future educator, I am honored and excited to be a part of the United We Learn movement,” said Gilbert. “Kentucky deserves an education system that meets our diverse needs and understands that each student has different skills, talents and passions. The Kentucky United We Learn council has the unique opportunity to create new initiatives, unite innovative efforts and shape policy that will move our state forward.
“The council represents a future full of potential for all students – a future where students are seen as more than a test score and school is somewhere people want to be. This new era of Kentucky education means that students, educators, families and community members are invited to the table to engage in meaningful conversations where everyone is valued. I am grateful for the intentionally inclusive and collaborative work that this council will do.”
The 70-member council will support the three big ideas of United We Learn, the state’s vision for the future of public education in Kentucky. This vision builds around three big ideas: creating a more vibrant experience for every student, encouraging innovation in our schools – especially when it comes to assessment – and creating a bold new future for Kentucky’s schools through collaboration with our communities.
Those named to the council include educators, administrators, family members, students and community members from across Kentucky.
An education advocate, Gilbert plans to become a high school English teacher so she can help students develop their critical thinking skills and learn about the world around them.
“I really appreciated Audrey’s willingness to step up to serve as the interim chair of the council,” said Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “It is always exciting to have a young person invested in education in Kentucky, but as a future educator, I look forward to her input into which best practices can keep education improving in the Commonwealth.”
Along with her new role on the United We Learn Council, Gilbert also is busy with other roles associated with education. She is the school climate audit co-lead and the Measurement, Assessment and Accountability lead for the Kentucky Student Voice Team. She has served as an Educators Rising National Student Ambassador, founded the chapter at her school and now serves as the state president.
The council will hold its first meeting Nov. 29-30 at the Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort. The meeting will be livestreamed on the KDE Media Portal.