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...

Make Net Neutrality a Net Win for Students and Rural Communities

This piece originally appeared with Education Post in 2015. There is one thing we know for certain about net neutrality: it’s a quagmire of conspiracy theories, accusations and picking sides. But if we don’t figure...

We Never Learned About Black Wall Street. So, What Else Is Missing From Our Curriculum?

Did you ever learn about Black Wall Street and the Tulsa, Oklahoma Massacre? I know I did not. It was not until I was an adult. Did you learn about the Rosewood, Florida Massacre...

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....

The Emergency Broadband Benefit and How to Make Sure It Reaches Families Who Need It

What is the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program? On May 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program to help families pay for broadband internet access for their education and work-from-home needs...

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...

Rural Parents Believe in the Promise of Education, But Are Less Confident on the Delivery

An original version of this piece appeared with Education Post in 2015. A new poll from Education Post reveals that not only are rural schools unique in their geographic and community characteristics, but also in the views...

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...

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