After months of intensive study and more than 300 interviews, the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries’ Center for Rural Alabama will release their report, Lessons Learned from Rural Schools, at a banquet on May 6.
The report takes an in-depth look at 10 high-performing rural elementary schools in Alabama.¬† At least 65 percent of all students at each school receive free and reduced lunches.
Study leaders looked at internal factors at each school as to how principals communicate with teachers, how teachers communicate with students and how principals and teachers interact.¬† They also looked at community support and education partners.¬† In addition, 10 teachers at each school were profiled using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator system to determine if there are personality commonalities among good teachers.
The study was funded by a grant from the ALFA Foundation.¬† The Economic Development Association of Alabama also partnered in the effort.
Each of the 10 schools will be recognized at the banquet.
Schools in the study are: Calcedeaver (Mobile County); Dutton (Jackson County); Ervin (Wilcox County); Fruithurst (Cleburne County) Harlan (Covington County); Huxford (Escambia County); Meek (Winston County); Phil Campbell (Franklin County); Southern Choctaw (Choctaw County); and Turner (Perry County).
Banquet tickets are $25 each.¬†
Checks should be payable: EDAA-schools
The event will be held at the Marriott Legends at the Robert Trent Jones golf course in Prattville and will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact:
The Center for Rural Alabama
P. O. Box 3336, Montgomery, AL 36109-0336