Jenkins Independent School District teacher Crystal Smallwood presented a project, “Put A Story in Your Pocket”, at the Forging Innovation in Rural Education (FIRE) summit, hosted by the 22 school districts of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Pikeville on April 11. The summit streamed live on The Holler from 10 locations across the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center.
The “Put A Story” grant project allowed all students the same opportunity to achieve their reading goals by checking out audio books.
Jenkins Independent Student Senate members Keiley Bentley, Andrew Watts and Jacob Bentley shared their plans for the district at the summit. They chose Improving School/ Community Communications as their student senate project.
More than 14,000 persons participated in the summit, and more than 1,300 attended the multidistrict K-12 educational professional learning event. In addition, more than 13,000 viewers from 12 countries and 42 states tuned into the live stream and engaged with the presenter content on The Holler.
More than 160 teachers and students from 22 school district teams presented at the summit, sponsored by KVEC as part of the Race to the Top “Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI).
Teachers shared the innovations used in their classrooms using the “innovation grants” awarded through the ARI. Demonstrations included drone design and build, robotics, aviation, tele-medicine, advanced manufacturing and student publishing.
This year’s summit also featured a health and wellness conference including “Health-A-Lachia”, in which teams of students developed strategies to overcome the growing health crisis.
The Building it Forward Project (Tiny House) added five new schools to join three returning schools in the project. The Tiny House Village consisted of Letcher, Breathitt, Floyd, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Johnson and Pike (Phelps).
For more information, contact Jenkins Independent Innovations Coordinator Christle Carter or visit www.theholler.org to view the archived sessions.