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MODEL: Many great students, ONE great school!


Genuine engagement of communities and families is essential to driving continuous improvement in our schools. In order to gather data for school improvement, we are asking all Model Laboratory School parents to complete a very short survey about their child’s school. The survey takes about 5 minutes.

Please click on the link below to provide us with your feedback. If you have children at different levels of our school (Elementary, Middle & High - combined), please complete a survey for each. The survey window is open now and will close on November 14.

Elementary Parent Surveys

Climate & Culture Parent Survey Elementary


Middle & High Parent Surveys

Climate & Culture Parent Survey Middle/High School

Thank you for your time and support!


Model Taskforce: Themes & FAQs

Model Taskforce website

See the Original September Letter Here. Link

Model Loboratory Taskforce Townhall Presentation 

Announcement of Model Laboratory School Steering and Drafing Committees

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 the EKU Board of Regents heard the Model Task Force recommendations and authorized the University to further explore a public charter school application. The approved recommendation included the appointment of Steering and Drafting Committees to produce and initiate a plan for a thriving, stable Model Laboratory School. The primary charge for these committees is to:

  • develop the mission, vision, and strategic plan,
  • implement a comprehensive fundraising campaign, and
  • draft the charter application.

Although there is a timeline in place which calls for all tasks to be completed by April 1, 2017, we recognize that this timeline is very ambitious. The possibility exists that a charter application could be submitted within the current fiscal year; however, we are mindful that the timeline is subject to change. Most likely, an approved charter contract would go into effect in Fall 2019. 

With that in mind:

  • Current Model students will remain enrolled.  The current population of Model have protected enrollment per the Board of Regents resolution, whether or not the charter application is approved.  However, the impact for out of district students is still not clear. 
  • For Fall 2018, screening and enrollment for Pre-K and Kindergarten will follow the same timeline as previous years. New students in all grades will be added according to the enrollment lists as has been the long-standing practice at Model. 
  • The after-school program will continue as it has in previous years.

The Steering and Drafting Committees are made up of a combination of parents, Model faculty and administration, and EKU faculty and administration, several of whom are alumni of Model Laboratory School. This group will work diligently to represent the perspectives of all members of the Model community.  You can provide direct feedback to the committees through email to or by reaching out to committee members directly. We are committed to communicating our progress throughout the coming weeks. Please visit the Model Taskforce Website,, for information presented at town hall meetings and at the Board of Regents meeting in November.  

Committee members are:


Laura Dedic, Model alumna

Travis Marcum

Rodney Rhodus

Betina Gardner, Chair

Brooke Bowman Mitchel, Model alumna

Scott Johnson

Bethany Miller, Model alumna

Tanlee Wasson



Eric Parker (Model Lab Administration)

Laura Dedic (Model Lab Administration)

Carrie Ballinger (Model Lab Administration), Model alumna

Travis Marcum (Model Faculty, Middle School)

Rodney Rhodus (Model Faculty, High School)

Charlotte Smith (Model Faculty, Elementary)


Sherry Powers (Dean)

Richard Day (College of Education)

Ann Burns (College of Education)

April Blakely (College of Education)

Betina Gardner (Dean, Parent), Chair

Dana Bush (Chair, Early Childhood Education Rep)

Emily Watters (Finance & Budget)

Bethany Miller (Institutional Effectiveness & Research)

Tanlee Wasson (Institutional Effectiveness & Research)


David McFaddin (Regional Engagement, Stewardship, & Government Relations)


Model Laboratory School Mission Statement

To teach, to learn, to help others teach and learn.

The mission of Model Laboratory School in collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University’s education programs is to provide an environment where faculty and staff can inspire students by challenging them through traditional and innovative strategies.  Consistent with that mission, Model Laboratory School, a department of the College of Education, fulfills several purposes including:  (1) demonstrating and implementing best practices in Pre-K through grade 12 education; (2) offering clinical experiences for pre and in-service educators and related professionals; (3) providing a setting for research and curriculum development; and (4) providing quality professional development for school practitioners.

The Exemplar is now on SALE!

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2017-18 HS Course Catalogue295.84 KB
2017-2018 Elementary Supply List2.02 MB
Model Taskforce: Themes & FAQs366.29 KB
Model Taskforce Townhall Presentation (11-27-17)247 KB
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