ERIC Number: ED260884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Facilitating Certification and Professional Development for Small Schools. ERIC Digest: Small Schools.
Addressing the problems of recruiting and retaining qualified teachers for small and rural schools, this digest outlines improvements that could be made by teacher education programs, state education agencies, school superintendents, and teachers themselves. Suggested guidelines for teacher education programs stress nontraditional approaches that would allow teachers to obtain the multiple teaching endorsements usually needed in small school districts. Suggested delivery systems include the use of telecommunications, weekend courses, correspondence courses, intensive on-campus courses, and rural centers for preservice and inservice teachers. Change strategies proposed for state agencies focus on certification requirements and funding strategies. At the school district level, suggestions include conducting needs assessments among rural small schools and using shared services to provide staff development activities. Teachers are urged to prepare themselves as generalists rather than subject-matter specialists and to recognize the demands of teaching and living in small communities. A list of 10 references is included. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.