Carolyn Sholar, Community Education Director
Community Education is a powerful concept that acknowledges that learning is dynamic and changing, occurs in many forms, and is a lifelong requirement for human development. It is a way of thinking about and organizing public schools for individual and community development.
Community Education in Kentucky Encompasses Five Components
- Facility Usage: Community schools serve the entire community. The school's facilities are utilized by people of all ages and at all times of the day, week, and year. The school becomes the center of learning for the community and provides an array of programs and services. A fully-functioning community school provides opportunities for all community members to utilize school facilities creating a belief that the school is the center of community life. Other community facilities can also be used.
- Lifelong learning opportunities: Learning begins at birth and is life-long. As the basic education agency of the community, public schools respond to both the formal and informal educational needs and desires of members of all age groups of the community.
- Volunteers programs: Whether it is a parent or other family member, a senior citizen or a young professional, volunteers enhance the learning experience of students. Both tutoring and mentoring are examples of effective volunteer initiative. Research demonstrates that when parents and other community members are engaged in educating students, the schools are better and student performance improves.
- P-12 Support: Community support for student learning takes many forms. One successful strategy is learning through serving, which is a form of curriculum-based, experiential education that engages students in real-life experiences that address issues and needs of the community. The community becomes the classroom, enabling students to integrate academic knowledge and critical thinking skills with real-life issues. Students have an opportunity to become resources and respected leaders in their communities.
- Collaboration: Successful collaboration is dependent upon intentional, well-facilitated coordination. Community Education directors assume responsibility for ensuring that continued progress is made in resolving school and community issues. Internally, Community Education directors serve in many capacities with other school-based initiatives, i.e. Family Resource/Youth Services Centers, dropout prevention, and drug, alcohol and pregnancy intervention programs, school safety, after school and others. Externally, Community Education provides linkage with business/industry, community agencies and organizations, and individuals to resolve community and school issues.
True Blue" Community Faith Based Conversations
The Webster County "True Blue" Drug Free Community will sponsor "Faith Based Conversations" on June 12th, 2018, at 6:00 PM at Lakeview Baptist Church. If you would like to see Webster County more united for a drug free environment, we NEED you in this conversation. For more information, contact Donna Bumpus at 270-639-0383.
WC Hosts Supt2Community Collaborative Meeting
Dr. Yarbrough hosted another Supt2Community Collaborative Meeting on February 16, 2018 at the Extension Office. Area community leaders members as well as school district administrators attended the meeting. District Updates included:
Innovation Shift, Innovative School/District Site Visits,Tech2Kids, Expanded College Opportunities for High School Students, Transition Readiness ,WC Strong Starts” Early Childhood/Preschool Initiatives, District Grant Updates, MCC National Science Foundation Advanced Integrated Technology Program, 1WC True Blue Drug Free Community Program
WC True Blue Drug Free Community Proclamation 12/01/17
L to R: Pam Hunter--Webster County Health Coalition; Rich Nading-Green River District Health Department; Carolyn Sholar--True Blue Webster County Schools Director; Tony Felker--Magistrate; Donna Bumpus--True Blue DFC Director; Steve Henry--County Judge Executive; Kristi Higdon--Webster County Schools FRYSC; Chad Townsend--Magistrate; Melea Ramin--DCBS Supervisor; Dianne McFarling--River Valley Behavioral Health Specialist; Jerry Brown--Magistrate
Webster County True Blue Drug Free Community
Webster County Kentucky ASAP and Webster County Schools partnered to write a federal Drug Free Communities Grant in the spring of 2017 and were notified in September they were awarded the $625,000 grant over a five year period. The purpose of the grant is to provide the Webster County youth and community with drug prevention educational activities and resources. The Webster County True Blue Drug Free Community was officially established in November, 2017. In a formal True Blue Proclamation, County Judge Executive, Steve Henry, with the approval of Fiscal Court, declared the first day of each month to be "True Blue" Day in Webster County. All citizens of Webster County are encouraged to participate in drug prevention education activities not only on the 1st day of the month, but all year long, making a visible statement by wearing blue on the 1st day of the month to signify that we are strongly committed to a drug free Webster County.
WC Hosts Supt2Community Collaborative Meeting
Webster County Schools hosted a Supt2Community Collaborative Meeting on September 13, 2017 at the Extension Office. Dr. Rachel Yarbrough shared initiatives around the district's "1WC 2030 Vision" for all Webster County students. She provided information on the district's shift to learner-focused schools and blended personalized learning experiences for students. District initiatives included Tech2Kids which has provided each WCHS student with a Chromebook and Chromebook labs for the middle school for the 2017-18 school year and professional learning for teachers which has provided intensive literacy and math training for elementary, middle and high school teachers. Principals shared how the shift to blended learning experiences has positively impacted the culture and learning environment of their schools. Dr. Yarbrough shared the district's transition readiness plans and pointed out initiatives that are preparing WC Kindergarten students with the essential skills they will need when they graduate in 2030. Community members were asked to respond to two questions: "What will the world of work look like for WC graduates in 2030?" and "What essential skills will WC Graduates need to have in 2030?" Community responses will be added to input already compiled from teachers, students and parents.
Dr. Y Hosts Supt2Drug Free Community Focus Group, January 26th 2017
Dr. Yarbrough hosted a Supt2Drug Free Community Focus Group on January 26th, 2017 at the UK Extension Office. Community members and district administrators were asked for input around community contacts, data, strategies and support resources for a Drug Free Communities grant proposal. The DFC is a $625,000 five year federal grant focused on support for implementing drug free community strategies.
L to R: Dr.Y, Supt; Steve Henry, County Judge Executive; Dr. Amelia Wilson, Rep. James Comer's Office