Volume 21, No. 1
Equity in Rural Education
Rural schools are the heart of community life, but they face significant challenges that the pandemic has only magnified. The January 2021 issue explores the state board of education and policymaker role in many of these factors: a lack of resources, cultural and virtual isolation, poverty and demographic trends, educator recruitment and retention, and risks to student health and well-being.
Identifying Risks to the Well-Being of Rural Young Children and FamiliesBy Sara L. Hartman
The pandemic compounded an array of preexisting health and wellness challenges in many communities.
Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Rural ColoradoBy Kirk Banghart
Rural districts band together, with help from partners and grants, to attract and keep teaching staff.
Colorado’s Network for Local AccountabilityBy Kirk Banghart
A network of rural peers help districts design meaningful, timely, community-connected accountability.
Professional Learning in AppalachiaBy Melissa Tooley and Sabia Prescott
Microcredentials show promise in overcoming the challenges of offering rural educators high-quality opportunities.
Challenges Facing Schools in Rural AmericaBy Mara Casey Tieken and MK Montgomery
In schools accustomed to making a little go a long way, the pandemic increased the burden.
Online Learning for Rural StudentsBy Reg Leichty
Expanded rural broadband service can help overcome inequitable access to digital instruction.