Appalachian Teaching Artist Fellowship (ATAF)
This project brings together a core group of partners to provide professional development for artists from our rural Appalachian service area through local workshops and mentorship in place-based arts integration. The workshops offer training in inclusive, equitable instructional design for arts integration that both celebrates the creativity and cultural heritage of Appalachia and aligns with Kentucky Academic Standards, technical assistance with portfolio development, and best practices for successful school and community arts partnerships in our rural Appalachian context. Additionally, the fellowship pairs apprentice teaching artists from our region with professional teaching artists for mentorship as well as practicum experiences via residencies in Kentucky Promise Zone schools. This project supports professional growth opportunities for 8 artists and arts education experiences for youth in our service region.
Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Securities Act (CARES)
This award provides funding for personnel support including two staff members and 14 artists amid the pandemic crisis. CARES artist activities may include remote project planning and implementation and/or professional development activities including but not limited to creation of distance learning materials and curriculum resources for sustainability, virtual training or instruction, planning for restructure and portfolio improvement. to learn.
Full-Service Community Schools
Full-Service Community Schools provide students in Knox County with comprehensive services and interventions including:
- service learning opportunities,
- job training and
- career counseling services.
Services provided to families of students include:
- Improving access to and use of social service programs
- Programs that promote family financial stability.
Promise Neighborhood supports a continuum of services for youth from cradle-to-career. Learn more by reading our kindergarten readiness and community report cards. Promise Neighborhood partners with schools and community based organizations to provide:
- public health initiatives
- community safety programs
- educational support for all children within the Neighborhood – early childhood to age 24.
Upward Bound Math and Science provides college preparatory experiences to students from 9th-12th grades with an aptitude for math and science. Services are provided to low-income, first-generation students. These services include:
- intensive academic summer programs at Berea College
- college visits
- cultural field trips
- ACT preparation
- financial aid and
- college application assistance.
Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
GEAR UP follows a cohort of students from sixth grade to their freshman year in college. It emphasizes college readiness through academic success and the building of a college-going culture. Services include:
- in-school tutoring
- summer academies
- career exploration
- test preparation
- college visits
- career site visits
- educator professional development
- family engagement activities.
Talent Search provides school-based academic counseling and career exploration activities. It focuses on college preparatory support for 800 low-income, first-generation students in grades 8-12. Services provided include:
- High-quality tutoring
- Academic, career, and financial aid counseling
- College visits
- Cultural field trips
- Career site visits.