This grant adds another important scope of work to this unique Consortium that has drawn national attention and recognition. The majority of the schools in this project are designated rural (63%). As many as 57,000 students will benefit from this program; and at least 48% of these students are considered high-risk/low income. Dr. Nancy Dishner, Niswonger Foundation President and CEO commented on the strength of the Consortium of Northeast Tennessee school systems: “We are uniquely positioned to receive national attention because our strong consortium of school systems and system leadership. We provide convincing evidence of what you can accomplish when you work in partnership.” The team of Dr. Richard Kitzmiller, Niswonger Foundation Vice President, Law Loving, the Foundation’s Director of Workforce Readiness, Brice Warden, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), and Dishner prepared and submitted this grant. Dr. Vicki Kirk, former Director of Greene County Schools, and a noted leader in education in Tennessee, will guide the work of this grant.