ERIC Number: ED201446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
From Rural School Project to Rural School Problem: Willcox, Arizona.
Burns, Allan F.
The planned Experimental Schools (ES) project changed drastically before it was implemented in Willcox, Arizona, a diverse, multicultural community open to new ideas and outside innovations. As planned by a core of interested principals, teachers, and staff, with help from federal personnel, the project originally called for changes (in curriculum; staff training and utilization; use of time and facilities; administration, organization, and governance; community-schools partnership) and local evaluation. A changing relationship with Washington, significant personnel changes, community dissatisfaction, and confusion as to who "owned" the project transformed the plan into something far different. The implemented ES project consisted of isolated projects in early childhood education, bilingual education, media use, reading, counseling and guidance, and community schools. The positive and exciting planning year was followed by numerous faculty and administrative resignations. The first year of implementation was largely dependent on the personality of the new superintendent, who also resigned at the end of that year, due to increasing disagreement between Washington and Willcox. During the next three years, the increasingly limited project remained a mystery to most teachers, whose interest went to other projects. When the project was terminated a year early, neither the schools nor the community were suprised. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Anglo Americans, Bilingual Education, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Counseling Services, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government School Relationship, Media Specialists, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Program Implementation, Reading Programs, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Organization
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Arizona; Experimental Schools Program; Willcox School District AZ
Note: For related documents see RC 012 669-673 and RC 012 675. This volume is one of a series of reports from the Longitudinal Study of Educational Change in Rural America.