Reeves to Receive KY Department of Education Award

Published on
August 27, 2018
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Dr. Jason Reeves

Dr. Jason Reeves, Dean of Educational Studies and Professor of Education, will receive the 2018 David Karem Award from the KY Department of Education during its Board of Education meeting held on October 2, 2018 followed by an awards luncheon with the Board and the Interim KY Commissioner of Education, Dr Wayne Lewis.

The award, honoring former KBE member and state legislator David Karem, is given annually to state policymakers, education leaders or citizens who have contributed to the improvement of education through venues such as national commissions, task forces or other significant boards and organizations. Recipients demonstrate outstanding leadership and impact on education policy and the educational system, as well as exhibiting a commitment to work collaboratively with different shareholders.  Senator Karem, sat on the Kentucky Board of Education from 2009 to 2016, served Kentucky for 33 years in the Kentucky State Senate and was chair of the Senate Education Committee. During his tenure in the Kentucky General Assembly, Senator Karem championed the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and led the efforts for the 4 percent school tax levy by districts. His efforts were crucial in shaping state-level education policy that ensures Kentucky’s children can compete in today’s global economy.

“I am most honored to have been named a recipient of the David Karem Award by the KY Department of Education for collaborative work in educational policy among diverse stakeholders. Progress isn’t achieved in a vacuum, so for me, this acknowledgement is also a recognition of the many stakeholder groups I am fortunate enough to work alongside every day.” noted Dr. Reeves when asked about receiving notification of the award.

Dr. Reeves is the second recipient of the David Karem award. In 2017, the award was given to Dr. W. Blake Haselton, superintendent-in-residence and associate clinical professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville (UofL).