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ERIC Number: ED455077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Better Rural Schools Building Better Rural Communities. Keynote Address.
Shelton, Jack
The PACERS Small Schools Cooperative is an association of 29 small public schools in 25 communities in rural Alabama whose goal is to keep schools open by making visible their viability. To that end, the schools of the cooperative develop appropriate curricular and extracurricular opportunities for schools and students that involve the people in the community; they develop these curricula "in house" using their own teachers and their own interactive technology; they promote active learning in the schools, and by extension create active communities; and they generate information and research. They have made connections between schools and communities in order to forge long-term partnerships that produce public outcomes. Active learning, place-based learning, public outcomes, and"consequential learning" have enabled young people to know that they can make a difference and be recognized in their communities as people who make a difference. Cooperative achievements include finding a lot of partners and funders, starting over 50 school-based enterprises through the "Alabama Real" program, and being invited and funded by the Alabama Legislature to implement all of Alabama's mandated courses online as well as develop remediation courses. The PACERS experience shows what happens when people come together to build upon their own strengths, use their own resources, make their work public, and intend to change the way things are. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama