ERIC Number: ED410073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Meeting the Needs of Your Rural Community and Students.
Poindexter, Betty S.
The Rural School Consortium for Educational Leadership and Reform was formed by four rural Indiana school districts in 1991 to coordinate resources for providing staff development that would support reform and restructuring efforts. In the first consortium-sponsored activity, teachers, administrators, support staff, board members, and parents attended four institutes that explained how the brain learns, reviewed effective teaching strategies, and challenged staff to be supportive of brain-compatible learning. Expenses were defrayed by opening the training up to other schools on a fee basis. The success of these institutes gained recognition for the consortium and helped secure further funding from public and private sources. A training institute for school board members and administrators, followed by one for teachers and parents, culminated in the formation of individualized belief and goal statements that became the focal point of each school district's reform efforts. A planning grant was used to examine a set of seven questions related to staff development and school district collaboration; results were subsequently presented to the National Staff Development Conference. The seven questions, with responses, are presented, along with a discussion of the importance of engaging school board members and providing ongoing board training as new members are elected. These efforts have resulted in increased teacher innovations in methods, materials, and technologies; increased collaboration within buildings; and continued contact with teachers from other districts. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Revision of a paper presented at the National Conference on Education of the American Association of School Administrators (San Diego, CA, March 1996).