ERIC Number: ED157177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Client: Working with Linking Agents to Find and Use Resources.
Barbarisi, Robert V.
Both linking agents and training consultants can help school systems solve some difficult problems: how to learn about current research and successful programs, and how to adapt and implement promisisng programs. After a successful initial experience obtaining technical assistance from the Network of Innovative Schools, Inc., the Chelsea Public Schools participated with them in a national consortium. Consortium activities focused on finding and adopting a successful innovative approach to teaching reading. In the spring of 1976 a network linking agent and a consortium steering committee assessed local needs and reviewed successful programs. After an extensive indepth study, the linking agent and the steering committee adopted the Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI) Program. The linking agent and committee planned an eight-day training and planning workshop to be conducted by a training consultant from the ECRI staff. Although the program is only partially implemented, initial informal evaluation suggests that the training and introduction phases of the program have been successful, and teachers express continuous enthusiasm. Much of this success is credited to the consortium linking agent and the ECRI training consultant. Their success is partially attributed to their nonthreatening relationship to school staff (because they are outsiders) and their total (rather than partial) commitment to the project. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, March 27-31, 1978)