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ERIC Number: ED360124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 6
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Forming Consortia: A Promising Approach to Restructuring in the Small School.
McGrew-Zoubi, Robin R.
Small schools may resist educational reform because they view the implementation of change as too costly and time consuming. Formation of a consortium of small schools allows the pooling of staff and resources, thereby increasing capabilities while maintaining the positive attributes of small schools. In rural northeastern Oregon, eight small school districts formed a consortium to implement state-mandated changes toward a goal-based curriculum. Initially, many area teachers were skeptical about both the reform effort and the consortium. A council composed of representatives from each district and the local college received training in curriculum development, program implementation, and related matters and disseminated the information to their member districts. Teachers in each discipline worked in curriculum study groups to develop curriculum guides that blended traditional content with the outcomes-based and process-oriented goals of the statewide program. These work groups met monthly for 1 year, with college credit available to participants. Working together sparked excitement for innovative teaching practices and improved teachers' self-esteem and sense of empowerment. Continued collaboration and peer mentoring contributed to the successful implementation of the curriculum projects. Districts that were highly committed to the consortium in terms of financial support and personnel showed the greatest implementation of change. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon