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Meet AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team Program Staff

Legal Applicant/Host Organization’s Name

Butler County Board of Education

AmeriCorps Program Name

AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team

AmeriCorps Program Staff Names and Titles

Program Director: Kathy Tolin

Program Assistant: Eden Williamson

Counties of Service

Butler County, Alabama

Describe your AmeriCorps program

The AmeriCorps Instructional Support Team (AIST) has successfully ensured a brighter future for Butler County’s rural under-challenged students by focusing their effort of 20 members on school readiness and improving academic performance in grades Pre-K through 12th grade since 1997. This project is a single-issue area program that develops specialization in the education-school success strategic priority area.

Number of Members Serving


Responsibilities of the Members

AIST members provide instructional assistance to economically disadvantaged pre-school through 12th-grade students in all school sites in the Butler County Public School System. In addition to the classroom instruction by the teachers, AmeriCorps members will engage students in one-on-one and/or group instructional assistance to help students meet or exceed individual developmental growth targets.

What the members and the program hope to accomplish by the end of the program year

AmeriCorps members are responsible for a significant change in academic performance with pre-school through 12th-grade rural under-challenged children and youth to achieve success in school and to graduate career-ready. The program will focus on AmeriCorps (formerly known as CNCS) focus area of Education-School Readiness and K-12 Success. The curricula for pre-school support Alabama Performance Standards for four-year-olds: emergent literacy, emergent numeracy, science and environment education, technology, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, creative arts, physical health, and development.

Thank you for your service!


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