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    Community Engagement
  • Community engagement is essential for our mission, and Knox County Schools provides multiple channels for educators, families, and community leaders to help shape our work.  

    District-wide engagement

    Superintendent Dr. Jon Rysewyk and the KCS leadership team place strong value on community voice, and the following organizations were created to shape policy and provide diverse viewpoints for decision-making at the district level.  

    • The Superintendent's Council on Accelerating Student Learning brings together educators, families, partner organizations, business leaders, and college / trade school partners to help shape the district's early learning strategy. 

    • The Principal Advisory Council offers building-level expertise and guidance from talented school leaders.

    • The CEO Champions are respected leaders who offer candid perspectives on critical industry and community issues.


    Regional engagement

    In 2022, Knox County Schools launched a regional structure that is designed to promote responsiveness and community ownership within the district. As part of that structure, councils in each of our five regions provide guidance and input that are specific to that region.

    • Regional Teacher Councils include educators from schools within the region, and allow for important feedback about policy and procedures from the classroom leaders who are responsible for teaching and learning.

    • Regional Family Councils include parents and guardians of current KCS students, and allow for information-sharing and consulting between families and district leaders about issues that impact schools, communities, and students.

    School-level engagement

    Parent / family organizations – including PTSO's, PTA's, and Community School Steering Committees – are an important resource for schools to meet needs, support educators, and build a strong culture within their school community.

    • Please consider joining your school's existing parent / family organization, or establishing a new one to support your school.