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Listed below are resources frequently used by Forward in the Fifth to increase awareness and build collaboration for increased educational attainment in the region.  Periodically, a website will be featured to draw attention to a new or revised site or to link with a current Forward in the Fifth program focus.

The Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB RC) serves as a resource and outreach center for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), publicizing its programs and services to small, rural, tribal and border agencies across the country.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) develops and conducts high-quality trainings for our first responders throughout the rural regions of the country.

KnowHow2GoKY is part of the national KnowHow2Go campaign to encourage more students to plan, enroll and succeed in college.  The multimedia approach primarily targets middle and high school students, but also supports transfer students, GED students and graduates and adult learners.  It also provides information for adults who mentor students.

National PTA – Parent Teacher Association.  Includes Parents’ Guides to Student Success, a series of brochures written by grade level outlining the academic expectations for each level and suggestions for how to support the learning at home and what to talk about during parent-teacher conferences.

The National Education Association, through a joint effort between NEA and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), developed two-page guides to provide parents and caregivers with fundamental tools to encourage their children’s success in school.

Kentucky PTA provides information for state and local PTA groups and announcements for KY PTA scholarships.

Kentucky Department of Education.  KDE lists the most recent headlines in education on the homepage and is updated daily.  A listing of all Kentucky schools and their academic report cards can be reviewed by clicking the Open House logo to the KDE Portal.  Instructional and administrative resources are listed.  Current job openings in education are posted.  New in 2012 is section devoted to Operation Preparation, the statewide initiative to promote college and career readiness to eighth and tenth graders.  To see how Forward in the Fifth is involved, click here.

U.S. Department of Education.  This direct link leads to month-to-month list of tools for parents to encourage student success.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is based in Kentucky, but is known nationwide for promoting strong parent leadership.  The Committees four key initiatives are: Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, The Center for Parent Leadership, Ready Kentucky—Building on progress for student success, and Strong Start Kentucky—Quality Pre-K for every child.

An education and child development site for parents. provides activities, worksheets, videos, expert advice and a school directory to give parents information and ideas to help kids reach their full potential.

Rogers Scholars program is a five-day summer program for sophomores to develop skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service.  The 60 students who are chosen from the competitive application process receive options for a variety of four-year college scholarships to Kentucky schools.

The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program helps rising ninth-grade students interested in science, math, and technology to explore those career fields.  They stay three days at a Kentucky college or university participating in hands-on assignments with experts in the field.

The public television website with information about KET’s services for teachers and students of all ages, from P-12 instruction to study-at-home programs in adult literacy and college credit.

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority is a public corporation and governmental agency created to improve access to college and technical training.

Thinkfinity is an education website for the community sponsored by the Verizon Foundation.  Verizon Thinkfinity Content Partners produce the program’s nine discipline-specific, standards-based Web sites.  Materials are provided for lesson plans, student interactives, after school activities and professional development webinars and training.

Google Education focuses on enhancing education by building a foundation of technology and access for teachers, organizations and students.

Edutopia was developed by the George Lucas Foundation to provide innovative solutions and resources for teachers, administrators and parents.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service hosts this site with over 16,000 educational resources including full-length videos and lesson plans.

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