National Partnership Tackles Disparities in Rural America

Partners for Education, Berea CollegeSave the Children, StriveTogether, Partners for Education at Berea College and the Annie E. Casey Foundation focus on improving outcomes for children through $1.2 million Rural Accelerator Initiative

Save the Children, which works in rural communities across the United States where child poverty rates are high and resources are low, has joined forces with StriveTogether, Partners for Education at Berea College and the Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop and launch a first-of-its-kind collective impact effort for rural America. Designed to address complex social issues through a collaborative approach adapted to the unique needs and interests of rural communities, the effort has kicked off in three pilot communities – Perry County, Ky.; Whitley County, Ky.; and Cocke County, Tenn. – with the goal of improving children’s lives from cradle to career.

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Education is Key to the Future of Eastern Kentucky

Dreama Gentry

Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College

Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College, recently spoke with WEKU’s Tom Martin about prominent educational challenges facing rural Appalachia and the Rural College Access and Success Summit planned for April 28-30 in Lexington, Ky. Gentry and Martin also discussed the work Partners for Education does in the region to provide college readiness programming for young students.

“We get paralyzed as a community into inaction because it often seems insurmountable to think about how we revitalize this region, but we have to do something and continue to do something,” said Gentry, when talking about the work Partners for Education does in addressing educational access in its service area.

Gentry also discussed the upcoming Rural College Access and Success Summit, hosted by Partners for Education. The Summit provides an opportunity for practitioners and people who believe in college access to highlight best practices and the unique challenges of increasing opportunities in rural America. Among the keynote speakers highlighted for this year’s Summit is John King, who served as Secretary of Education under the Obama administration.

Find out more information about the Rural College Access and Success Summit, including the full conference schedule and registration details.

Listen to the full interview with Dreama Gentry on Eastern Standard here.

Seven Organizations Named as Hubs for Results Count™ Leadership Development

Partners for Education, Berea CollegeIn a major step to boost the reach of Results Count™, its unique approach to leadership development, the Casey Foundation has selected seven organizations to work with the Foundation for three years as hubs that will expand the use of Results Count throughout the social sector.

The goal: to increase the number of leaders who take a results-oriented approach to accelerate measurable and equitable improvements in well-being for children and families in communities across the country. Continue reading Seven Organizations Named as Hubs for Results Count™ Leadership Development

$109 Million in Grants for New Berea College GEAR UP Programs to Assist Area Families

Partners for Education at Berea College has been awarded two Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grants worth a combined $109,177,600 to serve students in Appalachian Kentucky. The United States Department of Education grants will provide 19,496 students in 19 counties with an array of services aligned to accomplish four overarching goals: lift educational aspirations, build academic skills, connect academics to college and career, and engage parents as partners. Continue reading $109 Million in Grants for New Berea College GEAR UP Programs to Assist Area Families

Dr. Jill Biden to Speak at Rural College Access and Success Summit

Dr. Jill Biden

Dr. Jill Biden (Photo: Ece Ogulturk)

Partners for Education at Berea College will host the 2018 Rural College Access and Success Summit. The keynote speaker, Dr. Jill Biden, EdD, Board Chair of Save the Children US, will address the need to prepare students of all ages for academic and life success.

The Summit will bring together educators, legislators, non-profit leaders and many others to share ideas and strategies for ensuring that rural youth have the resources to successfully transition from high school to college and career. During the Summit, participants will explore best practices and highlight the unique opportunities to be found in rural America. The event will be held May 13-15 in Lexington, Kentucky. Continue reading Dr. Jill Biden to Speak at Rural College Access and Success Summit

Promise Neighborhood Brings $30 Million to Support Education

Partners for Education, Berea CollegeA $30 million Promise Neighborhood grant to serve Perry County in eastern Kentucky has been awarded to Partners for Education at Berea College. The five-year grant will provide children and youth in the community with comprehensive services and school supports and is aimed at improving outcomes for all students and their families.

Project Director Michael Hughes, a lifelong Perry County resident, has spent much of his career as a teacher and administrator. Hughes said, “We can have a positive long-term impact on the children in the community because the seed money from this five-year grant will be teamed with the long-term work of the local businesses and organizations who are our partners.” Continue reading Promise Neighborhood Brings $30 Million to Support Education

Grant Funds Educational Opportunities for Bell County Students

Student receiving individual tutoring in a classroom settingPartners for Education at Berea College has been awarded a $257,000 Upward Bound grant to serve students at Bell County High School in Pineville, Kentucky. The grant, funded by the United States Department of Education, will provide 60 students in grades 9-12 with year-round academic support, enhanced learning opportunities and college and career readiness preparation. Continue reading Grant Funds Educational Opportunities for Bell County Students

U.S. Dept of Education Awards Berea College New Promise Neighborhood Grant for work In Knox County

Knox Promise Neighborhood will provide services to 10,347 students.

Partners for Education LogoBerea, KY—Knox County and Berea College Partners for Education received some good news moving into the holiday: The U.S. Department of Education will fund the college’s application for a Promise Neighborhood initiative in Knox County beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Continue reading U.S. Dept of Education Awards Berea College New Promise Neighborhood Grant for work In Knox County

Berea College Awarded For Volunteer Service

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton presented the 21st annual Governor’s Service Awards to 21 groups and individuals from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions. Berea College’s Partners for Education department received the accolade for the Nonprofit Service Award category. Continue reading Berea College Awarded For Volunteer Service

Berea College to Receive Gear Up Grant

Berea College (Berea, KY) is one of 41 national recipients (and the only one in Kentucky) to receive a grant under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) that will help at-risk students prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education. Continue reading Berea College to Receive Gear Up Grant

Partners for education program awarded Americorps Grant

Partners for Education at Berea College has been selected by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as a recipient of an AmeriCorps grant. Partners for Education’s program, PartnerCorps: STEM, will increase student competency in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or “STEM” fields. Partners for Education will place 20 AmeriCorps members in three Madison County high schools: Berea Independent, Madison Central, and Madison Southern.  PartnerCorps: STEM members will mentor high school students, provide in-school and out-of-school tutoring to students taking algebra courses while connecting the math to STEM careers. Continue reading Partners for education program awarded Americorps Grant

Aspen Institute Names Partners for Education at Berea College to National Network to Disrupt Poverty for Children and Parents

Partners for Education at Berea College was announced today as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. Partners for Education at Berea College is one of the initial 58 organizations, selected from 24 states and the District of Columbia, that represent the leading edge of a national movement around two-generation approaches. Two-generation approaches look at the whole family’s needs and provide opportunities for children and their parents together. Continue reading Aspen Institute Names Partners for Education at Berea College to National Network to Disrupt Poverty for Children and Parents

Berea College’s Partners for Education and CMT Inspire Students to Continue Their Educations

More than 200 parents and students from eastern Kentucky gathered in Berea, Kentucky, on October 26 to explore educational opportunities and develop their own Map to Success, a program Berea designed to introduce families of high school students to college and career planning. The event marked the first joint effort between Partners for Education at Berea College and CMT Empowering Education, CMT’s initiative challenging viewers to pursue post-secondary education. CMT has recruited some of music’s biggest names to motivate and inspire viewers with their own education stories, including Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Continue reading Berea College’s Partners for Education and CMT Inspire Students to Continue Their Educations

Gentry Appears on KET’s ‘Education Matters,’ Nov. 18

Dreama Gentry, director of Berea College’s Partners for Education program (which includes GEAR-UP and Promise Neighborhoods) will appear on Kentucky Educational Television’s (KET) series “Education Matters,” Monday, November 18 at 9 p.m. Hosted by Bill Goodman and special co-host Renee Shaw, this special edition of “Education Matters, “part of a continuing KET series, explores this important issue and examines what Kentucky schools and communities in high-poverty areas have done to help all students reach their academic potential. The program includes an interview clip with Ron Crouch, director of research and statistics for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and with Bruce Lesley, president of the national child advocacy group First Focus; and video visits to May Valley Elementary in Floyd County, Fern Creek High School in Jefferson County and the Neighborhood House in Louisville. Continue reading Gentry Appears on KET’s ‘Education Matters,’ Nov. 18

Gentry honored by Council on Postsecondary Education

Dreama Gentry, director of the Partners for Education program at Berea College, was awarded the prestigious Oak Award from the Council on Postsecondary Education on September 13.

For nearly 20 years, she has supported college access efforts in central Kentucky through her grant-writing efforts, including the recent $75 million GEAR UP grant that supports efforts to increase college attainment in low-income and rural communities. In 2011, Gentry was awarded the GEAR Up College Advocate of the Year award. Continue reading Gentry honored by Council on Postsecondary Education