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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Social-Emotional Learning and Rigor Don’t Have To Be Enemies

I’m a sixth grade teacher grappling with the reality of teaching kids who may not have darkened a school door in over a year. Many of their students haven’t been in an actual classroom...

What If Remediation Isn’t The Best Approach For Addressing Learning Loss?

Learning loss. The COVID Slide. No matter what you call it, the debate about how to address last school year's unfinished business is sure to be contentious. As thousands of students make their way...

For Real Change in Rural Schools, Cardona Must Do More Than Listen

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is making strides to elevate rural education through virtual listening and learning roundtables with rural youth from across the nation. "Compared to urban schools, rural community schools have a hard...

Great Principals Are Strong Instructional Leaders First

School principals must feel a lot like circus performers. Just as a performer is expected to juggle multiple balls, bowling pins, or torches while dangling from a high wire with ease, principals must also...

New Study Shows How Montana’s Teacher Shortages Are Unique

A new study shows that teacher shortages in Montana may be unique from those in other states. The study, conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences, reveals that Montana is indeed experiencing a teacher shortage....

How Texas Is Tackling Rural Teacher Recruitment With Six-Figure Salaries

Texas may not be the only state tackling rural teacher recruitment, but its latest pet project could have some teachers seeing six-figure salaries. The Lone Star State's Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) program provides pay...

How We Can Help Rural Students Overcome the Opportunity Gap

One of the best baseball movies I’ve seen is “Moneyball” with Brad Pitt. There’s this scene where Pitt’s character had just brought in an economics wiz and baseball fanatic from Yale, played by Jonah...

Rural Kids Need School Reform Too

I didn’t really think much about rural representation until I first got involved in teacher leadership. For the first time, I learned that there was an entire world of organizations, social media campaigns and...

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