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April 13, 2009   Email to Friend 

RURAL SCHOOL REPORT TO BE RELEASED MAY 6
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
April 13, 2009

PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- After months of intensive study and more than 300 interviews, the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries' Center for Rural Alabama (CRA) will release its report, "Lessons Learned from Country Schools," at a banquet May 6.

The event will be at the Marriott Legends at the Robert Trent Jones golf complex in Prattville and will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m.

The report, funded by a grant from the Alfa Foundation, 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.

Each of the 10 schools will be recognized at the banquet. Schools 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).

Jerry A. Newby, president of Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation who had hailed the study as part of the Federation's "commitment to quality education," will be among the banquet speakers.

The Economic Development Association of Alabama also served as a partner in the effort.

Banquet tickets are $25 each. Checks, made payable to EDAA-Schools, should be mailed to: Larry Lee, director of the Center for Rural Alabama, at P.O. Box 3336, Montgomery, AL 36109.

For more information, contact at Lee (334) 240-7272 or email larry.lee@agi.alabama.gov.


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