ERIC Number: ED053845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Four-State Diffusion Project SPREAD. Final Report.
Hildebrand, Edwin P.
The goal of Project SPREAD (State Programs Revitalizing Education and Diffusion) was to assist educators and decision makers in rural settings to develop the best possible educational experiences for preparing students to meet the demands of our changing society by linking small rural schools with their state agency's resources. Project SPREAD proposed to establish in Colorado the capability to diffuse improved practices by creating diffusion units. Later a diffusion unit would be activated in Utah, Wyoming, and Washington based on the test of Colorado's preliminary activities. The procedures entailed creating an organization in the Colorado State Department of Education, analyzing the past diffusion efforts of the state department, studying the structural changes needed in the state department to form a diffusion unit, developing a formative evaluation plan, developing a model for the diffusion organization, and writing a first version of a guidebook for improving small rural schools. Each procedure is described in this report, along with the findings and recommendations; in part, these are that state educational agencies are in a unique pivotal position to provide the diffusion linkage between small rural schools and all other agencies; small rural schools can be an easily managed laboratory site; everyone involved in a cooperative improvement effort requires training; and all diffusion procedures and strategies need to be tested in an operational setting over a long period of time, until all can be made to work reliably. (JB)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.