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Jenkins Schools using a new education technique




Pictured (left to right) are Jenkins Middle School Principal Eddie Whitaker, District Instructional Supervisor Serena Anderson, teacher Brian Bentley, Abbie Combs of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Jenkins Schools Superintendent Mike Genton, and District Innovative Coordinator Christle Carter.

Pictured (left to right) are Jenkins Middle School Principal Eddie Whitaker, District Instructional Supervisor Serena Anderson, teacher Brian Bentley, Abbie Combs of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Jenkins Schools Superintendent Mike Genton, and District Innovative Coordinator Christle Carter.

The Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative’s Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) has given a number of resources to teachers across the region. ARI’s goal is to help teachers prepare students to become innovative, lifelong learners who will graduate with the tools and skills required to compete globally in an everchanging world. Jenkins Independent Schools Innovative Coordinator Christle Carter and Instructional Supervisor Serena Anderson work closely with KVEC to bring those resources and supports to Jenkins.

One of the resources is the Summit Personal Learning Platform, in which lessons are linked to current and easily adaptable resources. The lessons are designed for students to set goals and monitor their own progress. Teachers become mentors and provide small group instruction.

Implementing Summit Learning at Jenkins are Brian Bentley, middle school science; T.J. Boggs, high school science; and Jordan Staton, high school social studies. Since Summit’s beginning in September, Bentley has transformed his eighth-grade science class to meet the Summit requirements. A team of educators from KVEC and the University of Kentucky observed Bentley’s class and interviewed him and his students. Their conclusion was that Bentley was leading the region with his work with Summit.

Presenting Jenkins Middle School teacher Brian Bentley (left) with a check for $3,000 from the United Way are (center) Rose Shields of United Way and Abbie Combs of Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative. The money will be used to buy Chrome Books for his class.

Presenting Jenkins Middle School teacher Brian Bentley (left) with a check for $3,000 from the United Way are (center) Rose Shields of United Way and Abbie Combs of Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative. The money will be used to buy Chrome Books for his class.

One of the observers, Abbie Combs, contacted Rose Shields of the United Way in Hazard, and United Way presented Bentley with a $3,000 check to purchase Chrome Books for his class.


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