The Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network aims to answer those questions. The network convenes teachers and leaders from some of the Northwest’s most isolated and remote communities to learn from each other, share strategies to meet their unique challenges, and spread best practices of the region’s rural schools.
The five states in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest Region have many rural schools that have been designated as in need of improvement. And all five states had rural schools in the first cohort of federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) recipients. To address school improvement, the majority of those schools implemented the transformation model, which requires strategies related to improving instruction, ensuring high-quality staff, and engaging families and communities. REL Northwest Region state and district leaders asked REL Northwest to conduct a study examining the extent to which rural schools across the nation implemented the transformation model, the challenges they experienced, and the technical assistance they received. This report provides information about rural schools using the transformation model. It is not part of the federal evaluation of the SIG program, which provides more comprehensive information about all SIG schools. REL Northwest Region leaders may be able to use this study to inform future assistance for their rural schools in need of improvement.
How can rural students and their communities mutually benefit from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education?
Research shows rural students are less likely to attend selective colleges, have greater gaps between high school graduation and entering college, and are less likely to be continuously enrolled in college. In addition, many rural students don’t see the connection between their high school education and careers. STEM programs, though, can help rural students aim high while providing real-world, experiential learning opportunities.
This brief discusses the importance of college and career preparedness for rural youth and how STEM contributes to postsecondary readiness by helping students learn meaningful skills connected to career pathways, particularly in rural settings.
Like their urban counterparts, rural schools and districts are being asked to stretch their dollars further but with limited economies of scale, difficult teacher labor markets, and inadequate access to time and money-saving technologies. And, while rural schools and districts educate millions of American students, they do so with less support and attention than their urban and suburban counterparts. Regardless, there are examples of rural districts and schools that are innovating how they deliver services to students, recruit teachers, use technology, and serve special populations. This volume details those efforts, provides potential solutions to challenges, and compels state leaders to keep the unique needs of rural education in mind when crafting policies that are designed with urban and suburban districts in mind.
The Journal of Research in Rural Education is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal publishing original pieces of scholarly research of demonstrable relevance to educational issues within rural settings.
This site is designed for persons who are interested in educational changes taking place in rural America. This site provides access to recent data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), as well as the Census Bureau.
The Rural School and Community Trust is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities.
Working in some of the poorest, most challenging places, the Rural Trust involves young people in learning linked to their communities, improves the quality of teaching and school leadership, and advocates in a variety of ways for appropriate state educational policies, including the key issue of equitable and adequate funding for rural schools.