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BLOOMFIELD HILLS MODEL HIGH SCHOOL WINS GRANT TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL REFORM EFFORTS TO FOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

 WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Successful school reforms developed by educators at Model High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will expand to four area schools next fall, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the RJR Nabisco Foundation's Next Century Schools program and $100,000 in community support, it was announced today.
 RJR Nabisco helped create Model High School with a $750,000 grant in 1990. Last fall, it challenged local educators to find other area schools willing to adopt their successful new approaches to teaching and offered to match local funding for the expansion. Bloomfield Hills met the challenge and now its innovative and effective school reform efforts will be transplanted to Conant Elementary School, Lone Pine Elementary School, East Hills Middle School and Lahser High School.
 Model High School serves as the district's research and development center. The school, in which students, parents and faculty choose to participate, emphasizes interdisciplinary/thematic instruction, core curriculum, student-generated research and cross-age grouping. Since the reforms began, the school has improved student performance and won acceptance from the superintendent and school board.
 "In 1990, RJR Nabisco invested in a dream called Model High School. That initial investment is now paying big dividends in the form of dramatically improved student academic performance. In partnership with the community, RJR Nabisco now hopes to multiply this success four times over. Ultimately, we hope Model High School reforms will take root in schools nationwide and that the people of Bloomfield Hills will be able to say proudly, `It all started here,'" said Roger D. Semerad, president of the RJR Nabisco Foundation.
 Over the next three years, the RJR Nabisco Foundation will provide matching grants of up to $100,000 each to support the dissemination of other successful Next Century Schools educational experiments.
 "For the better part of a decade, corporate support for public education has focused on improving individual schools. If we are to make good on our promise to improve the education of all students, the business community must now translate isolated successes into a collective force for change. Solutions to the problems plaguing education exist. We must do more than help develop effective reforms, we must begin sharing programs that already work with those schools still searching for answers," Semerad added.
 The RJR Nabisco Foundation launched the Next Century Schools program in 1989. The program invests in individual schools that have created radically new approaches to educate students.
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 /CONTACT: David Sandor of Powell Tate, 202-434-8541, for RJR Nabisco, or Heidi Gurian Terens of RJR Nabisco, 212-258-5767/


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