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Types of Service  


When asked specific questions about the Bonner Program, Principal Patty Jones answered like this: 



Ø       What types of service our students are doing with your programs. How are they helping or benefiting the program?  In short, our afterschool program would not be what it is today without Lindsey Wilson College’s support and the participation of the Bonner Leaders in particular.  Their enthusiasm and fresh outlook add so much to the program.  Students are thrilled to have these “big kids” as their leaders and look up to and admire them so much.



Ø       If you could choose one issue area to work on at your school, what would it be? How, as Bonners, can we help in resolving this issue?

Integrating more technology into our intervention programs.  Bonner leaders who could perhaps work with students and utilize our computer lab during our reading blocks would be a great thing.  We have a large block of time each morning when the lab is empty, but we have no free personnel to assist students in it use.



Ø       Is there an issue area we could do research on for you?

We are currently researching and looking into the best approach for students who are struggling at the end of the school year.  Questions such as; Should they be retained?  Would placing them in a “transition room” rather than a regular 1st or 2nd grade room be best?  Should you target instruction just at areas of concern and put less time on other content areas (ie, focus on only reading and math and less on social studies, science, etc.)



Also, I am curious about the benefits and concerns regarding using computer-generated intervention and curriculum programs.



I think the Bonner Leader program is such a positive thing and I appreciate their involvement at CWC.



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Forward in the Fifth - Educational Summit


 (article obtained fromThe Center for Rural Development website)  

With numerous large-scale education grabbing headlines across Kentucky, educators joined community and business leaders in Somerset to speak about these issues, voice concerns, and discuss solutions at an Education Summit hosted by Forward in the Fifth.

Secondary and post-secondary educators and others participated in a candid roundtable discussion last week at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset focused on four specific areas of concern: the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS), drop-out prevention/intervention, home schooling, and remediation rates.

“The summit provided the opportunity for important dialogue and discussion of critical educational issues to be examined,” Jim Tackett, executive director of Forward in the Fifth, said following the three-hour meeting. “As a result, educators, parents, and community leaders are better able to support student achievement when each truly understands the whole picture. The conversations were rich and insightful.”

Terri Reynolds, a participant and Somerset coordinator of Eastern Kentucky University’s Continuing Education and Outreach program, said the summit provided an opportunity for anyone interested in education to come together, talk about issues, and share resources.

Reynolds said she was able to get a better understanding of the needs of the region and how Eastern Kentucky University, a four-year college based in Richmond, Ky., may be able to help address some of those needs in the future.

“A highlight of the Educational Summit was the desire of our participants to keep the best interest of the region’s youth at the center of the equation,” Tackett said. “While numerous questions were posed throughout the session, the conversations always circled back to what is best for the student.”

Other Forward in the Fifth summits were held during the month of March at regional sites in Paintsville, Hazard, and Columbia.

A final report on the summits will be distributed to attendees, educators, community leaders, elected officials, and key decision-makers from which programs and policies may emerge.

Tackett said additional meetings will be held in the coming months as Forward in the Fifth continues to serve as a catalyst for discussions on educational issues.

“We are hopeful that these discussions are just beginning and will continue to improve education within the commonwealth,” Tackett said.

Formed in 1986, Forward in the Fifth—an affiliate of The Center housed at its headquarters in Somerset—was the result of efforts by U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other regional business and community leaders to raise the educational levels of residents in Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District, which Rogers represents in Congress.

Participants at the Somerset Educational Summit included representatives from the Pulaski County School District and board of education, Science Hill Independent School District, Somerset Independent School District, Russell County schools, Harlan County schools, Somerset Community College, University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Midway College, Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, City of Somerset, Mountain Missions, ARC of the Cumberlands, Lake Cumberland Retired Teachers, University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, and the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.


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Edcuational Summit -  Amy attended an educational summit at Center for Rural Devlopement on March 17, 2009. Agenda items consisted of:  Discussion of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS), Home Schooling, Drop-out Prevention and Remediation.


Since the initiation of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, the state of KY has invested in many outside resources to assist with student achievement. One of the resources we, the members of the summit, agreed has helped propell student success are Family Resource Centers. One of our community partners is the Adair County Family Resource Center for John Adair Intermediate School and Colonel William Casey Elementary, it won the state wide award for being the best resource center in the state of KY. We feel there also needs to be more funding to help the school systems and teachers with teaching more in depth in the areas of science and technology.


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