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Despite 25 years of significant progress in connecting schools to the internet, the absence of universal high-capacity broadband access at school and at home—especially among lower income and minority families—is limiting rural students’ instructional opportunities relative to their urban and suburban peers. The pandemic brought the rural broadband gap into stark relief, as schools shuttered and many families lacked the internet access and devices necessary to connect their students to high-quality online learning.


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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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Online Learning for Rural Students

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