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Rural places are defined by their connectedness—close-knit, supportive communities that work together to meet the needs of children and families. But geographic isolation is another defining feature of rural places, one that often renders rural families invisible to nonrural Americans. From food and housing insecurity and critical shortages in child care options to underreporting of child maltreatment and continued inadequate access to healthcare, the well-being of rural children and their families is particularly at risk as the pandemic continues.


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By Kirk Banghart

Rural districts band together, with help from partners and grants, to attract and keep teaching staff.





Colorado’s Network for Local Accountability

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A network of rural peers help districts design meaningful, timely, community-connected accountability.





Professional Learning in Appalachia

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Microcredentials show promise in overcoming the challenges of offering rural educators high-quality opportunities.






Challenges Facing Schools in Rural America

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In schools accustomed to making a little go a long way, the pandemic increased the burden.





Online Learning for Rural Students

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