Educator Workforce and Diversity Workgroup to hold its first virtual meeting on April 14

A state workgroup focused on improving Kentucky’s education and workforce pipeline will hold its first virtual meeting this week to discuss goals, identify priority areas and consider next steps.

The Educator Workforce and Diversity Workgroup will meet at 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 14 via livestream on the Council’s YouTube channel. The agenda is available at

The Commonwealth Education Continuum formed the workgroup in March as part of a major push to improve Kentucky’s education and workforce pipeline. It is one of three subgroups that will help the continuum develop policy recommendations and implement change over the next nine months.

Specifically, the workgroup will focus on creating a state recruitment and retention strategy, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), to increase candidates in the teaching profession with an emphasis on diversifying the field.

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Western Kentucky University College of Education Dean Dr. Corinne Murphy are co-leading the effort.

Members include:

  • Terri L. Bradshaw, Kentucky Capital Development Corporation
  • Dr. Rhonda Caldwell, Kentucky Association of School Administrators
  • Eddie Campbell, Kentucky Education Association
  • Penny Christian, Kentucky Parent Teacher Association
  • Dr. Ginni Fair, Northern Kentucky University
  • Dr. Jim Flynn, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents
  • Elly Gilbert, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Dr. Kimberly Haverkos, Thomas More University
  • Logan Justice, P-12 Student Representative
  • Dr. Dallas Kratzer, Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
  • Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Bren Martin, Prichard Committee
  • Dr. Soraya Matthews, Perspective Education Professional Services
  • Dr. Sheri McGuffin, AdvanceKentucky
  • Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, University of Kentucky
  • Jessica Romious, Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Dr. Lisa G. Stephenson, West Kentucky Community and Technical College

State education leaders have sought to include diverse perspectives in each workgroup’s membership. The other two groups will focus on early postsecondary opportunities and the successful transition to postsecondary education.