ERIC Number: ED261836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Remote Schools: A Dilemma Beyond Rural Education.
Davis, L. D.
With an area of 110,540 square miles and a population of less than one million people, Nevada experiences educational problems that are not simply rural but remote--vast distances, geographic barriers, lack of services, untrained personnel, inadequate funding, etc. The Nevada Rural School District Alliance was formed in 1983 to improve the quality of rural/remote education. Goals of the Alliance include facilitating/assisting rural/remote educational research; providing a clearinghouse/depository for Nevada educational research and data; providing technical assistance and/or inservice training to rural districts in curriculum, instruction, staff recruitment/retention, staff development, finance, planning, facilities, special services; serving as a vehicle for rural advocacy; and addressing unique needs of individual school districts. The Alliance has produced important documents: a statistical report of rural school demographic features; a study of classified employee job descriptions and benefits; a list of current Nevada mining operations; baseline data on district revenues, expenditures, enrollments, pupil/teacher ratios, etc. Other Alliance accomplishments include conducting workshops on hiring/firing practices and computer competencies; establishing a job/teacher bank with University of Nevada-Reno which placed over 25 rural/remote teachers in 1984; sponsoring teacher incentive and professional development center grants; offering continuing education courses; and participating in the legislative process. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Rural Education, School Districts, Small Schools, Superintendents, Technical Assistance, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada