ERIC Number: ED214749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening the Community/Education Partnership: The San Juan RFD Model of Public Involvement. Public Involvement Using the Rural Futures Development Strategy.
Rasmussen, Randy C.; Jensen, Carl
San Juan School District, a rural school district in the southeast corner of Utah, implemented the Rural Futures Development (RFD) Strategy program to develop greater public involvement in the education process. Geographically one of the largest school districts (approximately 8,000 square miles) in the U.S., San Juan serves Anglos who mainly live in the northern part of the county and Navajos who live in the southern part in a very large and remote area. The San Juan RFD Strategy has three basic components: the school community group (SCG); the process facilitator team; and the five step problem-solving process used by the SCG to identify community problems and concerns, search for alternative approaches to problem solving, plan for action, implement the plan, and assess the results and recycle. The RFD project has proved to be very valuable to the district. There are currently four SCGs and one faculty task force which are very productively engaged in the educational process. Educators in San Juan are responding more accurately to the needs of the people in San Juan and the people feel better about the educational system because they have a part in developing the system. A glossary of terms and an appendix covering the problem solving process and related items conclude the document. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.