Community Outreach

Centers & Partnerships

Public School Partnership - Fosters collaborative relationships among the college, university, and public schools in the region. The partnership strives to provide resources and activities that support students, teachers, and administrators.

Math and Science Education Center - Provides workshops, summer institutes, courses, and other instructional programs for teachers. The center also has a variety of math and science resources available for check-out (books, manipulatives, kits, and journals). Want to host a Family Math Night or Family Science Night at your school? Let the Math and Science Education Center do it for you! Check out their website for more information.

James Center - Recruits and supports future educators for the Reich College of Education. The James Center works with local schools to provide volunteers, organize campus tours for schools groups, and coordinate community service opportunities.

Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program - A laboratory program operated by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, located in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. Lucy Brock serves as a model and professional preparation site for individuals working with young children.

The primary goal of the Lucy Brock Child Developmetn Laboratory Program is to serve as a professional development site for individuals planning to work with young children. In addition, the foundation for providing high quality professional development experiences is provided through the accomplishment of the following goals:

  • To provide access to high quality care for young children and their families
  • To serve as a model program that reflects current recommended best practices, as well as a site for developing new and innovative practices

National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE) - Provides instruction, training programs, research, and other services consistent with the purpose of developmental education and the missions of Appalachian State University and the Reich College of Education. These services are provided to a national audience of professionals dedicated to serving underprepared and disadvantaged college students. The NCDE is also the sponsor for the annual summer Kellogg Institute which is designed for the Certification of Adult and Developmental Educators is the nation's longest running professional development program for developmental educators and learning skills specialists. Adult Basic Skills Professional Development Project  - Provides relevant, timely, accessible and effective professional development for adult basic skills educators. To achieve this goal, the ABSPD team is dedicated to conducting face to face training, providing online professional development, and producing professional development materials for education providers across the nation.

Parent to Parent Family Support Network - High Country - A community outreach program that provides support, education and caring connections to families who: have children with diverse physical, emotional, intellectual or health needs; have a child born prematurely; or are grieving the death of a child. Information and support is also available for professionals working with families who are caring for a child with special needs. Please contact Kaaren Hayes, director, with any questions at or via phone at 828-262-6089.


Anderson Reading Clinic - Provides direct service to children with reading disabilities. Each child receives approximately 15 hours of one-to-one reading and writing instruction. The clinic is housed in the Reich College of Education and operates under the direction of Reading Education faculty members. For more information, contact Dr. Darrell Morris at


Mountaineer Readers - A summer reading program that is a collaborative effort between the Reich College of Education and Appalachian Athletics. Contact Kathy Howell at for more information.

Kaleidoscope - An after-school learning program that offers children ages 4-12 homework help, tutoring, arts/crafts, and fieldtrips.