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Hindman Settlement School

Contact Information

51 Center Street
Brinkley, KY 41822

(606) 785-5475

Focus Areas

  • Arts & Culture
  • Disability
  • Education & Youth

The Settlement's mission has remained the same since our founding in 1902: to provide education and service opportunities for people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage.

  • About Us
    Nearly one in five children have dyslexia. Since 1980, Hindman Settlement School has offered tutoring programs for children with dyslexia. These tutoring programs include an After-School Tutoring Program, a Summer Tutoring Program, and a Reading Lab Partnership—a collaborative effort with Knott County Public Schools. In addition, we provide dyslexia information, training, and support to the parents, tutors, and teachers of children who learn differently.

    Beginning fall 2020, the Settlement will launch ReadingCorps--a comprehensive and robust expansion of our proven Reading Lab program into 20 additional schools across three districts. Tutors and program staff will utilize the Orton-Gillingham methodology for dyslexia intervention with K-8 students.
  • Our Impact
    During the 2018-19 academic year, Hindman Settlement School continued to partner with the local school district to conduct a reading intervention program in four elementary schools – Beaver Creek, Carr Creek, Emmalena, and Hindman. Settlement interventionists, along with staff from each school, provide specialized instruction to students with dyslexia indicators in grades K-3. Teachers and specially trained instructional assistants work both one-on-one and with groups of students to help them master letter identification, word identification, word attack, phonemic awareness, and passage comprehension skills.

    159 students were served, with 80 hours of instruction per student, and achieved, on average, 0.9 grade level gains in reading.

    The goal of the Summer Tutoring Program is to equip students with the academic skills they need to succeed in public schools. The intensive five-week program consists of individualized reading instruction, small group math tutoring, and writing activities. Spelling, grammar, and direct vocabulary instruction are all incorporated into the reading instruction. The program operates five days a week, seven hours a day, for five weeks.

    45 students were served, with 165 hours of instruction per student, and achieved, on average, 1.1 grade level gains in reading and 1.2 grade level gains in math.