Reeves Receives Kentucky Civic Educator Award

Published on
March 12, 2019
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Dr. Jason Reeves

Dr. Jason Reeves, Professor of Education and Dean of Educational Studies has been named a recipient of the 2019 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. The award, which is presented annually by the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State, recognizes a P-16 teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator or community organization leader who has made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens, with one finalist selected from each Kentucky Sweet 16 region. Dr. Reeves, along with the other recipients, received their award at a recognition ceremony at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena during half time of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Men's Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament in Lexington.

“I never thought at my height and advancing age that I would be on the court of Rupp during a playoff game for the Sweet 16 Tournament” jokes Dr. Reeves. “However, I was thrilled to be a part of the recognition ceremony for the award and meet the other winners from across the state. It was wonderful to hear how others across the state are doing incredible things to promote civic engagement and learning among our best resources, P-16 students”.

In 2018, Dr. Reeves received the David Karem Award from the KY Department of Education. 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.

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