ERIC Number: ED205341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Let's Go Rural: Influencing Decision Makers. Making It Work in Rural Communities. A Rural Network Monograph.
Phillipp, Louise, Comp.
Several targets, tools and strategies can help the novice director of programs for preschool handicapped children in rural isolated areas work with advocates and volunteers who may offer valuable help, but who need information and direction. The fragility of intercommunity relationships in rural areas often requires the sensitive use of talents and people. Individuals who influence decisions within a given system, and who will instigate and support action for programs, should be targeted from groups which include parents and advocates, public agencies and services, clubs and organizations, schools, health facilities, public officials and government agencies, the clergy, businesses and professions. Talents of retirees, students, professionals and others, donated services of businesses (use of WATS telephone lines, postage meters, etc.), and community media (television, radio, newspapers, printers and advertising specialists) are tools that program workers must learn to utilize effectively. Strategies for project directors to master include coaching others, developing appropriate language and communication skills, avoiding situational ignorance and negativism, perfecting a sense of timing, making assignments effectively, bargaining, building bridges, creating a network, soliciting aid from other services, working with volunteers, and observing. (NEC)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrator Role, Communication Skills, Community Resources, Decision Making, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Human Resources, Linking Agents, Power Structure, Program Development, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Special Education, Volunteers
Rural Network, College of Education, Room 27, Horrabin Hall, Western Illinois Univ., Macomb, IL 61455 ($4.25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Coll. of Education.
Note: The Handicapped Children's Early Education Program (HCEEP) Rural Network is an association of professionals representing educational programs for young handicapped children in rural communities.