ERIC Number: ED108793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-19
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How to Expand Learning Opportunities in Small School Districts.
Jongeward, Ray E.
Based on the proposition that shared decision making affords greater opportunity for the support, commitment, and motivation necessary to achieve improved learning situations in small communities, the Rural Education Program (REP) of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory has developed a planning model to aid small rural school districts. Central to development of REP strategy (Rural Futures Development Strategy) are the following assumptions: (1) school improvements are longer lasting and more effective if those affected take part in the decision making process; (2) a comprehensive plan produces enduring improvements; (3) improvement of community communication, problem solving, and decision making skills increases the likelihood of positive action, local leadership, and group motivation; (4) a "process" person (outside consultant) facilitates group work and enhances the potential for reaching goals; (5) group projection of a desirable future is a better 1st step than identification of problems and concerns; (6) consultative assistance (facilitation) is more positive when it builds independence rather than dependence. Based on these principles, REP resource materials, training plans, and products include guides for schools, school board development, school-community groups, the training of process facilitators, etc. (JC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.