Innovation and Reform

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...

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...

Yes, Rural Areas Can Benefit From Charter Schools, Too

The potential of charter schools in rural communities is often bypassed in discussions around education. Charter schools are achieving impressive gains, but disproportionately serve urban communities. Could they improve outcomes for rural America? A recent paper...

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...

Rural and Small Schools Are The Unsung Heroes of Innovation, And It’s Time We Learn From Them

While the challenges of rural schools have been discussed at length, they also have unique opportunities for innovation. Not only do rural schools act as centers for learning, but they serve their small towns...

Can “Grow-Your-Own” Programs Help End Rural Teacher Shortages?

“Why don’t people who live there, teach there?” That question, posed by this recent Hechinger Report story, is a troubling reminder of the unique, persistent challenges that rural communities face in staffing schools. Like rural America itself,...

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