Thomas W. Farmer
Jill V. Hamm
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.