ERIC Number: ED391623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Annenberg Rural Challenge.
Annenberg Rural Challenge, Granby, CO.
Former U.S. Ambassador and philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg has pledged a significant portion of his personal wealth to America's public schools if his contribution is "matched" by the nation. Up to $50 million in matching money over the next 5 years has been earmarked specifically for rural schools. This document provides a context for the Annenberg Rural Challenge, an explanation of its vision for rural schools, and an overview of how it operates. The Annenberg Rural Challenge recognizes that improving the nation's schools requires the full involvement of the rural constituency, routinely excluded from key national policy making decisions. This rural initiative seeks to confront the myths and stereotypes that haunt rural education, and to challenge those involved with rural schools to build on their strengths to create lasting reform and "genuinely good" schools. Such schools recognize that every child is special and can learn, expect rigorous intellectual performance of each student, and promote democracy and authority in the classroom and in school governance and policy making. In addition, genuinely good rural schools make the most of their rural nature, acknowledge their dual obligation of preparing students for rural and urban environments, and effectively compensate for rural-related disadvantages. The Rural Challenge will place the overwhelming majority of its resources in those communities, schools, districts, and networks that are acting in harmony with its vision. Rather than being a grant competition, the Rural Challenge features a search process carried out by regional teams, collaboration with a variety of rural partners, inclusiveness of all stakeholders and interested citizens and of diverse rural populations, and a national agenda of network building and advocacy for rural education. Includes photographs. (SV)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educational Principles, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Public Education, Rural Education, Rural Schools
Annenberg Rural Challenge, P.O. Box 1569, Granby, CO 80446 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Annenberg Rural Challenge, Granby, CO.