Garris Stroud

Garris Stroud is an award-winning educator and writer from Greenville, Kentucky whose advocacy and scholarship have been recognized by USA TodayU.S. News and World ReportEducation PostThe Louisville Courier-Journal, and The Lexington Herald-Leader. He served as a Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellow from 2017-2019 and became chair of the organization’s editorial board in 2018. Stroud is currently a doctoral student in educational leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, located in the heart of Kentucky’s Appalachian region. Contact him via email at [email protected].



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...

Could ditching grade levels and seat time be the key to better education?

Northern Cass School District in North Dakota has a story that's familiar to many rural districts. Their graduation rate is high, and their students typically demonstrate above average performances on state tests. However, it...

The Thing I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Teaching

Excellent teaching is what happens when sincerity and authority meet.

Building a better “normal” for all students with community partnerships

It’s no secret that students have suffered academically and emotionally throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But should the brunt of the recovery process be borne by schools alone, or is a more comprehensive, community-wide approach...

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...

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