Use the resources below for information on current education policy questions:
www.peecworks.org (Contains evaluation data on place-based education)
www.promiseofplace.org (Check out the article: "Benefits of Place-Based Education." It's a brief, 6 page report that provides a good introduction to place-based education.
Trail to Every Classroom (from Appalachian Trail Conservancy)
www.edweek.org (Free articles and blogs)
www.cep-dc.org (Center on Education Policy. Check out the article: "Why We Still Need Public Schools: Public Education for the Common Good" by Nancy Kober
www.doe.virginia.gov (Virginia's education website)
www.ed.gov (National Department of Education Website.)
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/06/06142009.html (Speech by Arne Duncan on National Education Standards)
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/07/07022009.html (Speech by Arne Duncan a challenge to teachers to raise standards and to begin reform immediately)
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/06/17/35stimulus.h28.html?tkn=NTY... (Article on Education Stimulus Funding)
http://www.ecs.org/ecsmain.asp?page=/html/ProjectsPartners/nclc/nclc_mai... National Center for Learning and Citizenship
www.edutopia.org Edutopia: What works in public education The George Lucas Educational Foundation. (Has several articles and videos on Comprehensive Assessment - using projects, portfolios, and presentations graded by a rubric to measure student learning and academic performance)
Public Education Service Opportunities
Emory & Henry Tutoring Program Carolyn Wilson
Tutors serve in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Washington and Smyth Counties, and at Highlands Project and Star Mountain Club. Students typically tutor in math or reading and serve a minimum of two hours a week.
Highlands Project for Public Education, Lisa Bourne
Highlands Project for Public Education is a place-based, student-centered after-school program serving third through eighth grade students from Meadowview Elementary and Glade Spring Middle Schools. The program meets on campus Monday through Thursday from three to six, and mentors are expected to serve at least two days per week.
Star Mountain Club Reading Buddy, Carolyn Wilson
Star Mountain Club is an after-school program at Marion Primary School. Volunteers are needed to read aloud to groups of students, work with small groups of students on reading skills, or work individually with students. Reading buddies serve on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and students will be reimbursed for mileage traveled to Marion Primary.
Lunch Buddy Program, Carolyn Wilson
Volunteers eat lunch with an elementary, middle, or high school student in need of extra one-on-one attention. Volunteers visit their lunch buddies twice per week.
Star Mountain Club Enrichment Projects, Lisa Bourne
Star Mountain Club at Marion Primary School is interested in having E&H students help them with several enrichment opportunities including:
Directing a Play, called North Star
Foreign Language Workshops
Physical Education Activities
Art Projects and Lessons
Science Projects and Lessons
All Ideas are Welcome
Mission Statement and Core Values
Lisa Evans Bourne
Highlands Project Director
Coordinator for Public Education Policy Partnerships and Programming
Appalachian Center for Community Service
Parents, if you have any questions or concerns about Highlands Project, email the director or call her at 944.6146 or 698.4582.
Teachers can submit homework assignments, study guides, vocabulary lists, or spelling words to the director here
Information, Application, and Forms
Application and Medical Form
Academic Needs Form