ERIC Number: ED337330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Partnerships for Preventing Rural School Dropouts.
Mendez-Morse, Sylvia E.
To assist low-income rural schools with school improvement and dropout prevention, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) has undertaken a multi-year project at five demonstration sites. This paper shares observations and lessons learned from the experiences of the five school districts involved in SEDL's partnership strategy. The sites are small, isolated rural schools with high percentages of at-risk students, located in communities characterized by limited economic opportunities. Partnerships were formed between the school districts and the regional laboratory, state departments of education, other educational agencies, and local businesses. These partnerships targeted and addressed each school's needs. SEDL and state departments of education provided extensive inservice training for teachers, focused on improving instructional skills and strategies through the transfer of new, research-based teaching methods to the classroom. To develop instructional leadership, SEDL staff provided administrators with current professional literature, modeled leadership behaviors associated with short- and long-term planning, and fostered administrator networking at leadership academies. Some lessons learned at the demonstration sites were that change strategies must emphasize the active involvement of teachers and administrators in shared decisionmaking and regular site-specific inservice training, and must recognize the critical leadership role of principals. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Partnerships in Education; Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).