United Way Joins Jenkins Independent Personalized Learning Initiative
The Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative’s Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) has placed a plethora of resources at the fingertips of teachers across this region. Their goal is to help teachers prepare our students to become innovative, life-long learners who will graduate from our schools with the tools and skills required to compete globally in an ever-changing world. Jenkins Innovative Coordinator, Christle Carter, and Instructional Supervisor, Serena Anderson work closely with KVEC to bring those resources and supports to Jenkins.
One of the most impressive resources that came from ARI is the Summit Personal Learning Platform from California. This learning platform is designed with the student in mind. The lessons are aligned to standards, are linked to resources that are current and easily adaptable, and most importantly, they are designed to empower the students to set goals, monitor their own progress, and master their learning. The teacher who implements Summit in his/her classroom becomes a facilitator---a mentor. The teacher trades a one-size-fits-all delivery of instruction to small group instruction tailored for a specific child (or small group).
Jenkins Independent is fortunate to have three teachers who have begun to implement Summit Learning: Brian Bentley, middle school science; TJ Boggs, high school science; and Jordan Staton, high school social studies. Since Summit’s inception in late September, Brian Bentley has transformed his 8th grade science class to meet the requirements of Summit. A team of educators from KVEC and the University of Kentucky (Abbie Combs, Dr. Lu Young, and Dr. Linda France) came and observed Mr. Bentley’s class and interviewed him and his students. They were impressed to say the least! Their conclusion is that Mr. Bentley is leading the region with his work with Summit!
When asked what obstacles, if any, made implementation of Summit more difficult, Mr. Bentley explained that technology is a bit of hindrance since the iPads and Learnpads don’t support various programs such as Adobe and Flash and thus, cannot access all that Summit has to offer. His wish was to purchase Chrome Books that would allow greater use ability for this learning platform.
With this in mind, Abbie Combs contacted Rose Shields from United Way in Hazard, KY. Today, United Way presented Brian Bentley with a $3000.00 check to purchase Chrome Books for his 8th grade science class.
We are certain that the sky is the limit here at Jenkins Middle High School with Summit. And we are confident that the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative will stand beside us on our journey.
Congratulations to Mr. Bentley on a job well done and on the grant award. Sincere thanks to Abbie Combs and KVEC and to Rose Shields and United Way.