Garris Stroud

Garris Stroud is an award-winning ELA educator, author, and advocate from rural Western Kentucky. He is a former Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellow and member of the Kentucky Education Commissioner's Teacher Advisory Council (TAC).
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West Virginia Is Seizing The Moment To Make School Choice History. Will More Rural States Follow?

School choice and rural communities are a lot like oil and water: historically, they haven’t mixed. Efforts to expand educational options for families have instead been more focused on America’s cities, where access to...

Teaching Through A Pandemic Is Exhausting, But Here’s How I’m Beating Teacher Burnout

Teacher burnout is no joke. We routinely hear stories about the intensity of a teacher’s work day, and thanks to the pandemic, things are only getting harder. Last year, it was remote learning, hybrid...

More School Board Drama: OH, PA Among Latest To Cut Ties (And Others May Be Behind Them)

Five more states are distancing themselves from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Last week, the state board associations of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Louisiana agreed to end their affiliations with the NSBA...

After The Last Year And A Half, We Must Never Forget How Resilient Students Are

"Kids today are too fragile. We're raising a generation of snowflakes!" It's a universal truth: As long as there are young people, there will be older people who complain about them. Today's generation of...

Kentucky Becomes Latest State to Distance Itself From NSBA

Kentucky is now one of the latest states to distance itself from the National School Boards Association (NSBA).  In September, the NSBA sent a letter to President Biden requesting federal intervention in school board incidents,...

If Teachers Won’t Come To Our Communities, We’ll Have To Grow Our Own

Reading about new rural teacher recruitment initiatives is like watching a sitcom romance unfold. I want to hope for the best, but I know better. The latest display of this comes from a new initiative...

America’s Rural Schools May Not Be Tragic, But They Have Known Tragedy

Maybe this is the turning point.  Education advocacy is exhausting—particularly in rural communities like mine, where our opportunities are limited and our challenges are unique. A myriad of stereotypes obscure the reality of life in...

What Teachers Can and Can’t Learn from ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance

In his provocative memoir “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” author J.D. Vance describes his childhood upbringing in Middletown, Ohio. Heavily influenced by his family’s Kentucky roots and their...

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