From the Director...
Welcome to the Rural Education Center
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REC Accomplishments and Projects
- Strong advocate for small & rural schools. Successfully fought legislative efforts to force school consolidation.
- Partnered with several organizations to successfully keep the small high enhanced funding in place.
- Worked very closely with the K-6/K-8 subcommittee of the Professional Educators Standards Board to ensure that the K-8 endorsement was not eliminated.
- Collaborating with the WASA Small Schools Committee and the WSSDA Small Schools Task Force on several key projects.
- Partnered with the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession and the University of Washington School Of Education on a retention and mobility study of teachers in rural and small schools in Washington State.
- REC Director serves on the WASA Legislative & Finance Committee.
- Co-sponsor of “Consolidation Mini-Summits” -WASA Small School Conference.
- Sponsored a series of “Research Briefs” on small and rural schools in our state. This research was conducted by the Center for Research & Data Analysis -Educational Service District #113.
About the Rural Education CenterEstablished in 1987, the Rural Education Center is a statewide cooperative of small and rural school districts committed to achieving the highest quality of learning on behalf of children in our schools.
There are currently 81 members (69 school districts, 6 ESD's, & other educational organizations). There is potential to serve up to 180 member school districts as valued services of the REC are realized through outreach and conference presentations.
Any organization that believes the Rural Education Center and our services may be of help is welcome to apply for membership.Rural Education Center MissionThe Rural Education Center is a statewide cooperative designated to provide support services to small and/or rural school districts in the State of Washington and to assist them in carrying out their individual district missions.Rural Education Center PhilosophyThe guiding philosophy of the Rural Education Center (REC is that the unique culture of small and rural schools presents challenges to school leaders, teachers, and students. At the same time, it believes that the opportunities provided by small and rural schools are significant and important to society at large. The REC believes that it can serve such school districts through policy advocacy, information exchange, and leadership networking. Policy advocacy requires vigilant attention to local and state regulatory actions. Information exchange involves sharing current administrative and curriculum developments. Leadership networking results when the REC puts school leaders in touch with others working in similar environments. The REC believes it can fulfill these roles for many school districts in the State of Washington.Rural Education Center Executive CouncilDirector: Jim Kowalkowski, Superintendent, Davenport School DistrictPresident:Past Director:WSU Representative:ESD Representative:
Rural Education Center • Jim Kowalkowski, Director • 509.725.1481 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Housed at Davenport School District, 801 7th Street, Davenport, WA 99122