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Educational leaders meet; talk learning center

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Representatives from 17 western Indiana school systems met at Knoy Learning Center in Cloverdale High School Friday. Representatives included Carolyn B. Milner, Sonny Stoltz, Kirk Freeman, Nicki Manion, Michael Nees and Toni Tomlinson of Knoy, special guests Chelsea Mann of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and Becky Reich of Apangea Learning, Jason Chew of North Putnam, Mary Ragan of Eastern-Greene, Jeff Eslinger of Rockville, Christi McBride of Spencer-Owen Community Schools, David Dean of Bloomfield, Jeff Bell of Clay City, Randy Corn and Russ Hessler of Greencastle, Kieth Puckett, Dan Bain and Becky Brothers of South Putnam, Rolland Abraham of Shakamak, Lee Ann Englehardt of White River Valley, Yolanda Goodpaster of Monrovia, Beth Wernz and Max Hoke of Eminence, and Tim Rayle of Northview.
CLOVERDALE -- On Friday, principals and designees from 17 high schools, encompassing six counties in western Indiana, met at Knoy Resource Center at Cloverdale High School to solidify procedures and operations for Western Indiana Knoy Learning Centers.

The initiative is one of 52 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants, awarded through the Indiana Department of Education in 2010.

The morning meeting included presentations from Cloverdale Supt. Carolyn Milner, Cloverdale High School Principal and Western Indiana Knoy Assistant Director Sonny Stoltz, Western Indiana Knoy Program Director Kirk Freeman, Western Indiana Knoy Curriculum Coordinator Nicki Manion, Implementation Specialist-Indiana Apangea Learning Becky Reich and Chelsea Mann, 21st CCLC, Office of Integrated Services, Indiana Department of Education.

The innovative program is designed to address the "drop-out cycle," in the first unified attempt to truly meet the needs of non-traditional students.

Western Indiana Knoy Learning Centers will utilize technology, expertise and experience of participating schools to assist students who struggle to obtain their high school diploma.

The programs holds the promise of increasing graduation rates for participating schools with the long-term goal of a more skilled and educated workforce for the state of Indiana.

For more information regarding the program, including specific contact information for participating schools, call the Knoy Resource Center at 1-765-795-2495, Ext. 5563.

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I know this doesn't seem like an exciting story, but I have two kids in Cloverdale schools. One is a good student and would have done fine anywhere. The other has reading trouble. He has been identified and worked with to get through school. And it's been very respectful, and he is learning well. Before this he would have been thought of as the "dumb kid" which he is not. The team approach has taken a given teacher's responsibility for his success or failure and spread it around so that each teacher he has had, has help too. I have felt that none have been bad ones like I might have felt before. If the program works for others like for us.. even in our fairly average communities, we might have the best of something.

-- Posted by Pojoe2 on Mon, Aug 9, 2010, at 8:46 AM

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