ERIC Number: ED497983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
They Remember What They Touch...: The Impact of Place-Based Learning in East Feliciana Parish. Rural Trust White Paper on Place-Based Education
Emekauwa, Emeka; Williams, Doris Terry, Ed.
Rural School and Community Trust
Stressed by high poverty levels, a low tax base and low teacher salaries, the East Feliciana School District competes, most often unsuccessfully, with neighboring districts and states, and with a relatively segregated white academy system for qualified teachers and pupil resources. Consequently, at the dawn of the federal government's landmark education reform initiative, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 55.8% percent of the district's K-8 teachers were not fully certified to teach and 80% of its students were performing below average in at least one core subject. At the same time, only 31.8% of the parish's adult population had completed high school and fewer than 5% were college graduates. With a median household income of $26,864, 26% of the parish's children were living below the poverty level. This paper describes the implementation and results of a reform effort, undertaken in the late 1990s, that focused on place-based science and mathematics education. Standardized test scores have improved, and parish schools are now developing lasting school-community partnerships. The district is connecting its residents, including students, with natural resources located in East Feliciana and the surrounding communities by collaborating with educators, parents, community members, clergy, businesses, and nonprofits. (Contains 6 figures and 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Change, School Districts, Teacher Salaries, Standardized Tests, Scores, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Poverty, School Community Relationship, Indigenous Knowledge, Community Characteristics, Educationally Disadvantaged, Partnerships in Education, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
Rural School and Community Trust. 1530 Wilson Boulevard #240, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 703-243-1487; Web site: http://www.ruraledu.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001