Ready, Set, Learn shared at national conference

Alison Hinson addresses national conference attendees

Educators from across the country learned earlier this month how a Douglas Education Service District program works with families to help students improve their ability to focus on school academics.

Alison Hinson, Douglas ESD’s behavior services coordinator, presented information on the Ready, Set, Learn program at the National Forum to Rural Educators Association fall conference, held Oct. 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio. Joining her as co-presenters were Pat Sublette, former Douglas ESD assistant superintendent, and Jeneen Hartley, program officer for the Ford Family Foundation. The foundation awarded funding last year for the program, which Douglas County school districts helped design.

Hinson, Sublette and Hartley shared details of how the Ready, Set, Learn regional delivery model brings essential supports to a network of rural schools. They also described techniques educators could take back to their own communities.

Ready, Set, Learn was developed to help students grades K-3 whose behavior disrupts classroom learning. The program deploys a team of behavior specialists to work with families, students and schools. As a result, students learn to manage stress and frustration, acquiring the skills they need to increase their hours in class over time.

"It was really wonderful to connect with other school districts statewide who struggle with the same difficulties around geography and access to resources," Hinson said. "This conference gave us great opportunities to share ideas for how we can use the strength of our small communities to enhance the work we do with children and families."

The National Rural Education Association is a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting the interests of schools and educators in rural and sparsely populated areas of the United States.