ERIC Number: ED310905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Ideas That Work in Small Schools [Grades 7-12].
DMA, Davis/McDonald Associates, Dryden, NY.
This packet describes 12 promising practices identified in small and rural secondary schools in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and New York. Descriptions of the following innovations are presented: (1) two small school districts and local and state businesses that cooperated to provide a Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students program; (2) three part-time high school teachers who served as part-time administrative assistants, freeing the principal to concentrate on instructional leadership; (3) an 11th grade American history course that incorporated study of an old New England town's architectural resources; (4) a rural school district that developed a comprehensive program for academically gifted and artistically talented junior high school students that included guidance for students and parents; (5) high school sophomores who learned resume writing skills and participated in interviews with local businessmen; (6) six small school districts (feeding students to a common high school) that moved toward standardizing the curriculum for grades 7 and 8; (7) development of a "basic curriculum" for high school students that provided slow learners with a mainstream position in the school; (8) a rural high school with wooded acreage that created an Introduction to Forestry course which includes the harvesting of maple syrup; (9) a junior high school that developed a curriculum module on computer communications, online search strategies, and information retrieval in computer databases; (10) a high school class ranking system that gave greater weight to academically rigorous electives and awarded extra points for student research projects; (11) secondary students who participated in a voluntary evening study program; and (12) a music teacher who used a hands-on approach to involve junior high school students in traditional music. (SV)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Improvement Programs, Public Schools, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, Secondary Education, Small Schools
The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands, 290 S. Main St., Andover, MA 01810 (order no. 9058, $8.50 postpaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell Univ.; Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.; American Agriculturist Foundation, Inc., Ithaca, NY.
Authoring Institution: DMA, Davis/McDonald Associates, Dryden, NY.