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RJR NABISCO TO REPLICATE SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL REFORMS

 WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Five school systems in three states have joined forces with the RJR Nabisco Foundation to apply successful


classroom reform innovations at 13 local schools beginning in the fall of 1993.
 The programs were developed and successfully piloted at foundation- sponsored schools in Portland, Ore.; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and Mooresville, Fayetteville and Rosman, N.C. The foundation awarded $450,000 in matching grants to help replicate programs developed by schools in those communities that have been proven to reverse declining student achievement by restructuring curricula, targeting at-risk students, expanding the school year, and increasing parental involvement.
 The school programs were developed through the foundation's Next Century Schools program, a $30 million effort that invests in individual schools that have created radically new approaches to educate students.
 "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," said Roger Semerad, president of the RJR Nabisco Foundation.
 Following are brief descriptions of the Next Century School programs to be replicated:
 Recess Math, Gresham, Ore.
 Recess Math is a voluntary program that attracts students by making math not only challenging, but fun. Children volunteer their recess or after school time to work with computer programs and games designed to improve math skills and reinforce what they learn in regular classwork. With a $100,000 grant from RJR Nabisco and $100,000 in local funding, Recess Math will be replicated in Alder Elementary School, Glenfair Elementary School, Hartley Elementary School, Sweetbriar Elementary School, and Scott Elementary School.
 Recess Math was developed by Davis Elementary School in Gresham. Since the program's inception at Davis in 1990, it has been a schoolwide success. More than 80 percent of students participate, and test scores have risen to record levels.
 School Restructuring, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
 Successful school restructuring efforts, including interdisciplinary/thematic instruction, core curriculum, student- generated research, and cross-age grouping will be adapted by Conant Elementary School, Lone Pine Elementary School, East Hills Middle School and Lahser High School, with a $100,000 grant from RJR Nabisco and $100,000 in local funding.
 The restructuring efforts were developed by Model High School in Bloomfield Hills, which serves as the district's research and development center. Through its efforts, the school improved student performance and won acceptance from the superintendent and school board.
 Year-Round School, Mooresville, N.C.
 An optional "school-within-a-school" 180-day year-round program, with new grading procedures to identify students in greatest need will expand to Mooresville Middle School and Mooresvile High School, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the RJR Nabisco Foundation and $100,000 in local matching funds.
 The year-round school program was originally developed by Park View Elementary School in Mooresville to provide students with a more continuous learning pattern. As a result of the program, scores have shown gains for virtually every student at the school, and 96 percent of parents surveyed said they prefer year-round education to the traditional school calendar.
 Communities in Schools Program, Rosman, N.C.
 A Communities in Schools Program, with a restructured curriculum and lifelong learning opportunities will expand to Rosman Middle/High School thanks to a $50,000 grant from the RJR Nabisco Foundation and $50,000 in local support.
 The program was originally designed by Rosman Elementary School to help at-risk students and their families. Since 1990, student writing scores have increased dramatically, attendance is up, and the number of students identified as "at-risk" has dropped.
 STAR Program, Fayetteville, N.C.
 STAR (Students Together Achieving Recognition) groups students and teachers in "communities of learning," where cooperative learning promotes achievement. In addition, the program targets at-risk students and provides personal, family and academic support. With a grant of $100,000 from the RJR Nabisco Foundation and $100,000 in local funds, the STAR program will be replicated at Reid Ross Middle School.
 The STAR program was developed by educators at Douglas Byrd Elementary School in Fayetteville to reduce dropout rates and has resulted in increased student achievement and a substantial reduction in the school's failure rate.
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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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