International leaders learn about local education


PADUCAH, KY — This week local leaders are sharing ideas with international leaders on how to help our area grow. On Wednesday, the conversations focused on growing education in Paducah.

Paducah Tilghman High School may have a student who someday saves lives, delivers babies or finds a cure for diseases. At least, that’s what a group of students who talked to Local 6 hope. They all plan to work in the medical field.

“We have so much lab time. It’s very helpful for what I’m going to be when I go to college,” Paducah Tilghman High School Student Grace Raber.

“We have different clubs and stuff that get us involved in the world and in today’s society,” said fellow student Peyton Patel.

Paducah Public Schools Superintendent Donald Shively discussed the district’s goal to prepare students for life after graduation at Wednesday’s meeting with a group of international representatives.

“Ensuring they have the essential skills needed in today’s workforce. It’s great, as we talk through and think through the global economy, to have a national panel like this,” Shively said.

Shively says one of the main benefits the meeting with foreign leaders is the network it creates.

“It’s about continuous improvement, so how do we connect with leaders from other cities in the United States or other countries? Share ideas, collaborate,” Shively said.

Shively hopes networking opportunities like the meeting help the district continue to improve for students. Wednesday is the final day of the UNESCO Creative Cities meeting.

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