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Nearly 600 attend Promising Practices Summit

Teachers shared the innovations in learning they plan for their classrooms using the mini grants they have been awarded through the ARI.  They will present their results at the Action Research Summit to be held April 21, 2015 in Pikeville. The conference staff live- streamed the “Innovation in Rural Education” summit to a national audience as well.  The National Promising Practices summit sessions have been archived and are available at www.the

The participating 17 school districts in the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative are at work enhancing personalized learning for the 42,256 students and 2,860 educators in 100 schools in 14 counties with the $30 million grant over the next four years.

Magoffin County teachers presenting were:

Kim Howard from North Magoffin Elementary.  Kim’s Project Title: Engineering in Education will use LearnPad to enable students to have everything they need for a complete learning experience.  Students will be able to do more complete research for their lessons and take virtual tours of pleas that they would never be able to visit any other way.  They will also be able to build their designs for science experiments, test them and have the capabilities to reconfigure their design or proceed with the construction process. The addition of these tablets to the classroom will allow her students the opportunity for a more innovative, rigorous and personalized learning climate.

Jennifer Howard from Magoffin County High School.  Jennifer’s Project Title: Personalized Learning through Standards-Based Grading and Reporting explained how many elementary, middle and high school teachers are implementing SBG to ensure all students are meeting the standards without grade inflation.  With Standards-Based Grading, students receive grades based on what skills they master not an average of disparate activities that have the potential to create misunderstandings of mastery.  Abby Swiney and Kennedy Garrett also discussed how SBG has improved their learning as students.

Magoffin County Student Senate Members also presented their project at the Expo.  Senate members are Junior, Kelsey Cole and Senior, Dalton T. Howard.  These students are lead by Majority Leader Justin Bailey.  The students will be partnering with the Magoffin County Health Department to educate 5th and 6th graders through a "Positive Choices" class.  There will be a poster campaign throughout the community and school system that highlights positive choices. Posters will represent various social groups within the school system (different sports, clubs, groups, grades, etc.) to improve overall school culture for all students.  "Positive Choices" will highlight the subjects of:

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Self-Esteem
  • Peer Pressure
  • Attendance
  • Behavior
  • Academic Performance

Those attending from Magoffin County were:   High School Majority Leader Justin Bailey, Student Senate Members Kelsey Cole, Dalton T. Howard, ARI Teacher Leader Margie McCoy (South Magoffin), Grant Recipient Kim Howard (North Magoffin), ARI Teacher Leader Tara Howard(Salyersville Grade), Elizabeth Tackett(North Magoffin), Student presenter Abby Swiney, ARI Teacher Leader Jennifer Howard(Magoffin County High School) and Student presenter Kennedy Garrett.


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