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.
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.