Community Partner: Madison County School System
The Madison County School System welcomes a public school-university partnership and has pledged its support to ensure PAGE’s success. Through the generous in-kind contributions of the school system, girls from the communities of Hot Springs, Laurel, and Spring Creek receive free school bus transportation to our program, located in one wing of Hot Springs Elementary School. Teachers from Madison County benefit from opportunities to learn from and contribute to PAGE. One Madison County K-12 teacher joins our staff each year for advanced training in digital literacy and to serve as a lead teacher in our intensive summer program. For the past two years, PAGE has benefited from the contributions of Caroline Davis, Director of Gifted Education, and from the ongoing leadership of Sandra Tolley, Chair of the Madison County Schools Board of Education.
University Partner: Bass Connections
Bass Connections – Education and Human Development (EHD) – provides a community of Duke University undergraduate students, research scholars, faculty, and public sector specialists that can inform and also learn from the work of PAGE. Through the support of EHD Bass Connections, PAGE benefits from dialogues that connect research, tools, and practices with the needs of students, families, and communities in economically distressed areas. EHD Bass Connections provides support so that a collaborative team of undergraduate students and faculty can work together with PAGE’s community partner, Madison County Schools, on challenges faced in Appalachian North Carolina. Across the year, Duke University students spend time in Madison County, learning from PAGE students, K-12 educators, and community people and engaging in research that might support positive education and life outcomes. Bass Connections EHD is led by Professor of Economics and Director of the Social Science Research Institute, Thomas Nechyba.