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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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The National Research Center on Rural Education Support: The Rural Early Adolescent Learning Program

Thomas W. Farmer
Kimberly Dadisman
Jill V. Hamm
Dylan Robertson
Matthew Irvin

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the Rural Early Adolescent Learning Program (Project REAL) of the National Research Center on Rural Education Support. Project REAL is designed to develop and evaluate a professional development and consultation program for 5th, 6th and 7th grade teachers in rural school districts that serve high concentrations of students from low-income backgrounds who are at-risk for learning difficulties, school failure, and dropout. This research is being conducted in rural schools across the United States and involves a randomized control trial design. This poster has three aims. The first aim is to describe the general theoretical foundations and conceptual framework of Project REAL. The second aim is to summarize the specific intervention components (i.e., Academic Engagement Enhancement, Competence Enhancement Behavior Management, Social Dynamics Training, and Parent Support and Involvement). The third aim is to present baseline data from a 5th grade sample of students from two Appalachian school districts.