The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky (The Fund) has received a $125,000 grant from The Gheens Foundation to investigate the feasibility of bringing an alternative school model to the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) district.
The school model, known as School on FIRE, was created and successfully implemented by Superintendent Buddy Berry at the Eminence Independent School (EIS) system in Henry County, Kentucky. Berry realized early into his tenure at EIS, that in order to improve the district’s and students’ outcomes, he needed to make learning a more personalized, authentic experience. Utilizing the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) Six Critical Attributes for Innovative Learning Systems, Berry created the School on FIRE Model (Framework of Innovation for Re-Inventing Education – FIRE).
Barbara Bellissimo, CEO of The Fund, expressed excitement for the possibilities the project holds.
“What Buddy and his team have accomplished at Eminence is nothing short of amazing. Every child deserves the opportunity to grow and learn in the type of environment Eminence has created. We want to see that opportunity open up, right here in Jefferson County.”
The project will be a collaboration between The Fund, EIS, JCPS, the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation (JCPEF), and the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA). Throughout the duration of the project, these partners will meet regularly to discuss the feasibility of implementing a School on FIRE, with The Fund serving as facilitator and project manager.
For more information about the School on FIRE model, please see the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).