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Diegmueller, Karen – Education Week, 1996
Mountain School, run by North Cascades Institute, is a camp in North Cascades National Park, Washington, where elementary school students spend 48 hours living and learning about science and the environment. In addition to science and nature, responsibility and teamwork are taught. Describes innovative instructional methods used, such as…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Field Instruction, Grade 5
Benson, Chris – Education Week, 1996
A member of the Bread Loaf Rural Teacher Network, a national organization of rural teachers interested in school reform, discusses the challenges that rural teachers face in creating criteria for evaluating student performance. Suggests that bringing teachers', students', and parents' voices into a community discussion about how to measure…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Community Involvement, Curriculum Based Assessment, Educational Change
Carnes, Mark C. – Education Week, 1996
Describes how community members from Newburgh, New York, successfully battled against a school board proposal that called for expanding the town's high school to an enrollment of over 3,000 students. Rejects the notion that "bigger is better" and criticizes state funding formulas that create large schools by offering higher reimbursement…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Community Action, Community Influence, Consolidated Schools
Ponessa, Jeanne – Education Week, 1997
The Navajo Nation Ford Teacher Education Program was implemented in 1991 to increase the number of Navajo teachers in reservation schools. Under the program, participants study part-time at participating colleges and receive tuition assistance as well as a $250 stipend per term. Since 1991, the program has graduated 199 students. (LP)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, Colleges
Johnston, Robert C. – Education Week, 1997
Howard High School (South Dakota) is part of the Annenberg Rural Challenge, a privately funded national effort to strengthen rural schools and their communities. Rural Challenge schools create curricula specific to community history and resources, aiming to help students become active knowledgeable citizens. Student projects and the positive and…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, High Schools
Richard, Alan – Education Week, 1999
In August 1999, Allendale County (South Carolina) Schools were taken over by the state. The rural school district, which is remote, poor, and racially segregated, has consistently had the worst test scores in the state, and little was being done to improve the situation. The district's problems and beginning efforts to address them are described.…
Descriptors: Accountability, County School Districts, Disadvantaged Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
Richard, Alan – Education Week, 1999
Idaho's patchwork-quilt way of financing schools does not provide enough stable financial resources for many rural schools. Tax levies are sometimes unsuccessful. Some rural districts have depended on forest revenues, but this source dwindled following new environmental policies. Federal legislation may return a portion of forest revenues, but…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 1999
Describes a private, therapeutic, boarding school in Montana. Clinically trained therapists and educators combine a rigorous academic curriculum, outdoor and adventure education activities, and a five-phase emotional growth curriculum to help emotionally troubled adolescents aged 14-18 deal with their problems and maintain their educational level.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adventure Education, Behavior Modification, Boarding Schools
Lawton, Millicent – Education Week, 1994
In rural Oregon, the one-school, 240-student K-12 Perrydale school district faces the possibility of consolidation with another school district. Oregon's Ballot Measure 5, passed in 1991, reduced property taxes to equally low levels around the state, drying up much of the locally raised money that is the lifeblood of school districts. In addition…
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Educational Equity (Finance), Elementary Secondary Education, Property Taxes
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 1999
Iowa has the only state-owned and operated telecommunications network in the nation. The fiber-optic network allows schools both Internet access and true interactive televised communication. The network's many advantages to rural schools include the course-sharing league in western Iowa, which has worked through various difficulties of distance…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Interactive Television
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 1999
Many school districts in sparsely populated areas of the Midwest and West are contending with dwindling enrollments. Nevertheless, small communities such as Robinson, North Dakota, are resisting pressure from the state and neighboring districts to merge with other school systems. A graph depicts North Dakota enrollment since 1963. Arguments for…
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, Declining Enrollment, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Survival
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Education Week, 1996
This document contains all of the articles from an "Education Week" special report examining technology's role in bringing schools and homes closer together. Articles include: (1) "Homeward Bound" (Peter West), about one of the nation's first "virtual teachers" and the effect of the changing dynamics of the…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Information, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks
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West, Peter – Education Week, 1995
This document and accompanying disk contain all of the articles from an "Education Week" special report examining the complex phenomenon commonly known as the "information highway" and how it affects the nation's schools. The articles, all by Peter West, include: (1) "Logged On for Learning," an overview of the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Networks, Computer Software Development, Computer Uses in Education
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