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ERIC Number: ED455047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Annenberg Rural Challenge: School Reform from a Slightly Different Point of View. Keynote Address.
Nachtigal, Paul; Haas, Toni
In 1995, the Annenberg Rural Challenge was established to promote school reform in the rural United States. Convinced that rural schools had not been well served by the urban/industrial model of education and were not benefiting from traditional approaches to reform, the Rural Challenge pursues a mission of supporting good rural schools to become public institutions, serving and served by their communities. To achieve this mission, three interdependent program areas were created: a program of grants to clusters of schools and communities that would become a living laboratory of examples to inspire others, a policy program to advocate for rural schools and communities, and a program of public engagement to change widespread assumptions about the quality of rural education and the essential necessity of rural places. Early on, it became very clear that efforts to create new stories about school reform sparked national and local battles about values. These values concern the purposes of education, whose interests are served by public education, and who gets to make the decisions. The Rural Challenge's vision of reform is organic, indeterminate, open-ended, and holistic. The result of this vision is place-based education with five thematic areas: local culture and history, ecology, local economy, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. Stories from Rural Challenge schools demonstrate how these themes play out in practice and engage rural students in their communities. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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