Tom Vander Ark interviews the iLEAD team about how the school came to be, how we personalize learning for every student, how we connect high school education to career preparation, and how we plan to grow for the future.  LISTEN...


Photo by Pat McDonough for Education Week

By Catherine Gewertz
April 23, 2018

At this small, rural school in Northern Kentucky, five women are trying to lift the arc of young people's lives with the wonkiest of weapons: labor-market data.

The staff of the iLEAD Academy knows which jobs are in demand statewide and in the five-county region their students call home and which ones will still be hot a decade from now. They've bookmarked the websites that list the salaries of those jobs for each tier of certification or degree earned. And they're talking about this stuff with students. All the time.   READ MORE...

iLEAD Academy wins PEAK Award
Kentucky School Advocate
December 2017
About four and a half years ago, the superintendents from the Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble county school systems joined together to ask, “How can we do more together as five small, rural districts than we can alone?”

Along with the staff at the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), they began asking students what they wanted out of their education. From those discussions iLEAD Academy was born.  READ MORE...