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ERIC Number: ED313195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Partnership Approach in Developing a Model for Improved Student Learning and Teacher Renewal in Rural/Small Schools.
Askins, Billy E.; And Others
Establishing partnerships between institutions of higher education (IHEs) and local education agencies (LEAs) is a common recommendation in the many state and national reports advocating the reform of education. The rationale for such partnerships is that collaboration can assist LEAs in their efforts for school improvement, while IHEs can more actively participate in addressing problems confronting public education. This paper describes such a partnership among Texas Technological University, Greenwood school district, the Greenwood parent/teacher organization, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, an organization of county governments, and a local chamber of commerce. The goal of the partnership is to develop and test a prototype model which can be used or modified by rural and small schools in their efforts to produce improved student learning, provide for teacher and administrator renewal, and consequently develop more effective schools. The description of the model includes: (1) general assumptions; (2) a definition of "school improvement"; (3) identification of five areas on which school improvement efforts should focus; (4) the problem of student learning; (5) characteristics of effective collaboration between LEAs and IHEs; and (6) and steps relating to the school improvement process. The paper specifies each of these bases of the model and gives examples from a program to improve the teaching of thinking skills within this framework. This report contains 18 references. (Author/DHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A