ERIC Number: ED176923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The Rural Teacher Center--A Response to Rural Educational Change.
Watt, John R.
The history of the emergence and eventual success of the Mountain Towns' Teacher Center (MTTC) in South Central Vermont is embedded in the socio-historical development of the area and in the process of educational change. In the late 60's and early 70's the skiing industry created an influx of exurban populations which altered the patterns of stability and continuity in the communities of Wilmington, Dover, and Readsboro. The traditionally isolated public schools then suffered the additional disadvantage of frequent turnover among teachers and students. The idea of a teacher center grew out of a graduate course in education offered at Wilmington's Deerfield Valley Elementary School (DVES). The teacher center, based at DVES, has followed the developmental process outlined in the Rand study on educational change by Burman and McLaughlin--planning, initial program adjustment, expansion, and adaptation. The adaptation phase, involving the search for a new support structure, is ongoing at present. Although MTTC took an early lead in the rural teacher center movement, committment to innovation in rural education has been widespread and was actively fostered by the state department of education for years before MTTC came into being in 1974. (KO)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Resource Development Foundation, Battleboro, NY.