To Improve Rural Schools, Focus on their Strengths

Writing for Education Next, authors Michael Q. McShane and Andy Smarick explore the challenges facing rural education as well as recommendations for a path forward. Excerpts of their piece appear below: A consistent criticism of education reform is that much of the agenda has been based on what some call a “deficit mindset.” That is, Read more about To Improve Rural Schools, Focus on their Strengths[…]

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Out of the Loop

Nearly 20 percent of the country’s students are enrolled in rural schools, yet are not provided the same focus in national policy or research as students in urban and suburban school districts. “Out of the Loop,” a new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA), Center for Public Education (CPE), finds that poverty, isolation Read more about Out of the Loop[…]

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Federal Education Policy in Rural America

The Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, and Bellwether Education Partners have teamed up to write a new report, “Federal Education Policy In Rural America”. The authors of the report believe that, while roughly a quarter of American students are educated in rural areas, federal policy is not suited to Read more about Federal Education Policy in Rural America[…]

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Rural Education: Examining Capacity Challenges That Influence Educator Effectiveness

Jane Best and Courtney Cohen of McREL have written a helpful document looking at some of the hot button education issues today, but with a unique focus on rural education. While a quarter of all American students are enrolled in rural public schools, many rural teachers and administrators believe that education stakeholders are slow to Read more about Rural Education: Examining Capacity Challenges That Influence Educator Effectiveness[…]

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From tinkering to transformation: Strengthening school district central office performance

Meredith I. Honig at AEI Education has penned a new report urging reform of school district central offices. Honig sees these offices as good candidates to lead schools to higher rates of student progress, but because these central offices have traditionally focused on issues of business and compliance, they are not making the grade when Read more about From tinkering to transformation: Strengthening school district central office performance[…]

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Obama touts ConnectED Initiative to Bring High Speed Internet to Schools

The goal of ConnectEd: connect 99% of America’s public schools to high speed Internet in 5 years.  The Obama administration hopes that accomplishing this feat will enable schools and teachers to take advantage of educational technology and software that will allow for more rapid evaluation of student progress. Furthermore, the administration’s plan, based on elements Read more about Obama touts ConnectED Initiative to Bring High Speed Internet to Schools[…]

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NCES Releases The Condition of Education 2013

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released The Condition of Education 2013. The 42 indicators presented in The Condition of Education 2013 provide a progress report on education in America and include findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education. Report findings include: As of 2012, Read more about NCES Releases The Condition of Education 2013[…]

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Tips for Supporting, Preparing Culturally Diverse Teaching Force

Rural administrators who want to better prepare and support a culturally diverse teaching force need to vary recruitment strategies, seek partnerships, and promote a culture of collaboration, according to a new study. Those are among a list of suggestions in “Teacher Identity in a Multicultural Rural School: Lessons Learned at Vista Charter,” published in the Read more about Tips for Supporting, Preparing Culturally Diverse Teaching Force[…]

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Group Aims to Reverse Rural Teacher Turnover Rate

The annual turnover rate in rural Alaskan schools can be as high as 35%, compared with urban rates as low as 5%.  A new program in rural Alaska seeks to halt this trend through a new program that pairs rural schools with big-city counterparts.  Funded by a federal grant of nearly $2 million to launch Read more about Group Aims to Reverse Rural Teacher Turnover Rate[…]

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