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"Excellence for All Children"
(from the Strategic Plan for Knox County Schools)

GOAL 3:
ENGAGED PARENTS AND COMMUNITY
The Knox County Schools, parents and extended families must partner in the education of our children.  Schools and educators cannot go it alone.  It is the obligation of the Knox County Schools to provide parents with the opportunities and the tools to be meaningfully engaged in the education of their children.  Just as parents are critical collaborators in our educational efforts, community partners, businesses, higher education, citizens, and taxpayers are important players in supporting our instructional efforts.
 
OBJECTIVE I:
Engage Parents and Our Community in Education
o    Build Family Educational Efficacy
o    Fully Implement Family Friendly Schools District-wide
o    Communicate More Effectively with Parents and the  Community
o    Develop a System to Broadly Identify and Coordinate Volunteer Opportunities


OBJECTIVE II:
Create and Embrace Meaningful Partnership
o    Restructure the Great Schools Partnership as a Local Education Fund
o    Build Family Capacity Using Social Service Partnerships
o    Coordinate Focused District Partnerships

            
Be Involved
. . .


Education is a team effort. Children, youth, young adults, and adults are always learning. Education doesn't begin with the morning bell and end with the afternoon dismissal, nor take the summer off. Education happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Check with your local school to see how your time and talents can benefit students today. Family and Community Engagement resources

Adult Education Opportunities
Adult High School
Adult Basic Education
Adult Evening Trades
Adult Home Economics
    Class Schedule
Business & Information Technology
Lincoln Park Center
English Language Learner

GED
Career Assessment Center
GED Testing Center
High School GED Option


Engaged Mentors make a difference in young lives
Become a knoxAchieves mentor
knoxAchieves is recruiting its third class of volunteer mentors.  Launched in the Fall of 2008, knoxachieves provides an opportunity for Knox County public high school graduates to receive up to $3000 for community college tuition.  The heart of knoxAchieves is the mentoring component.

"Together! Healthy Knox" is community-wide plan for better health in Knox area
What are the major health concerns in your neighborhood? What needs to happen to improve health and quality of life in Knox County?  Through Together! Healthy Knox, your answers to these questions will be an important piece in creating a community-wide plan for better health. The ultimate goal is to achieve a community in which every person is a healthy person.

To get started on this path to better health for our community, we invite you to visit www.healthyknox.org to take our Together! Healthy Knox survey.

Partners in Education Businessess all across the county and region partner with  local schools and the district to provide support for education.



Schooled for Success
sSchooled for Success provides students with a look at potential careers at the Career Fair each spring and with job shadowing experiences.



Rotary Club Dictionary Project
sThe West Knoxville Rotary Club's dictionary project annually gives a new dictionary to every third grade student in Knox County's Title I elementary schools.
Project Classroom
sPrestige Cleaners "Project Classroom" allows clients to designate a portion of each laundry bill to a school of their choice. Last year, individual schools received a total of more than $30,000 from the proceeds.
Teacher Supply Depot
The Teacher Supply Depot is a unique way for the community and local businesses to partner with the school system to provide material support to the classroom teacher. Since its inception, many businesses and community members have stepped forward to donate materials, money and time to the depot.
Teacher of the Year
Three Knox County teachers are selected each year as "Teacher of the Year" in Knox County Schools. A Teacher of the Year is selected from Elementary, Middle and High School programs. Selections are made from building-level nominations. Each school selects a Teacher of the Year as well. District winners are entered in the state selection process.
Principal for a Day
Community and business leaders spend the day in selected schools as principal for the day.
PIE Conferences
Knox County Museum of Education
The Knox County Museum of Educational History is located in the Historic Knoxville High School Building at 101 E. Fifth Avenue. The site now houses several Knox County Schools programs as well as the museum and was, as it's name implies, a high school until the early 1950s.

The museum opened in September 2006 and includes collections of materials from the Knoxville City Schools which merged with the Knox County Schools in 1987 as well as material on Knox County schools. Records of schools dating back as far as 1820 have been found and are available for viewing at the museum. (More)
Mentoring
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