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ERIC Number: ED467505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI): Phase 1, Year 5 Annual Report, 2002.
Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative, Lexington, KY.
The Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI) is a collaborative mathematics, science, and technology education reform effort among six states in central Appalachia--Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The project aims to stimulate sustainable systemic improvements in these subjects for K-12 students in a historically low-performing region. The ARSI model is based on a team approach to school reform. The district team consists of the ARSI district liaison, teacher-partner, school principals, and district superintendent. District teams are supported by ARSI resource collaboratives located at five universities in Appalachia. A key component of the model is the teacher-partner, a skilled science or mathematics teacher, selected by the school to provide leadership for reform efforts. Teacher-partners receive training from the resource collaboratives and are provided release time for mentoring other teachers, assisting with curriculum development, acquiring instructional resources, and generally providing leadership for program improvement. Catalyst schools are designed as incubator sites for implementation of standards-based practices and become models for other schools. The ARSI model employs a cyclic system beginning with identification and analysis of science and mathematics program needs followed by school and district planning, implementation of reform strategies, and evaluative feedback. Positive results during year 5 included leadership development, standards-based curriculum development, development of consistent policies, increased community engagement, professional development, and improved student achievement. (Contains 36 figures detailing improvements in these areas.) (TD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative, Lexington, KY.