Cochran Rural School Observation Center

"Rural school building--Cochran District"

In 1898, in a means to accommodate the needs of student teachers needing rural experience, Oregon State Normal School entered into an agreement with Cochran School in Dallas for student teachers to visit a rural classroom. There is conflicting information on the precise location the school, but it was somewhere north of Monmouth. The school was used as an observation classroom from 1899 until 1912, when the student teachers began to rotate teaching in several rural schools with a critic teacher on site. Cochran was a forerunner in developing the Rural Training School Program.