Ky schools moving to student-friendly design

EMINENCE, Ky. (AP) - School districts around Kentucky are moving to a more student-friendly design aimed at keeping pupils engaged and offer flexibility for both pupils and teachers.

The "design thinking" concept is the brainchild of University of Kentucky Education Professor John Nash. Eminence Independent School Superintendent Buddy Berry told the Lexington Herald-Leader the concept is to make decisions about how the school day functions with empathy for teachers and students alike.

In the case of Berry's school district, half the high school students travel to Bellarmine University in Louisville to take college classes. Eminence officials created the first Wi-Fi school bus so students could work on laptops while traveling.

Bryan Station High School data specialist Stacy Middleton says the concept is being used to offer shorter class blocks to give teachers flexibility.

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