Rural Schools

Posted Aug. 5, 2019

Before We Discuss ‘Equity in Schools,’ Tell Me What You Really Mean

To know me is to know my aversion to all things “buzzwordy.” My rule of thumb for education is that if it can fit on…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted June 18, 2019
Boy in front of school bus.

What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

How Our Rural School Is Closing the Opportunity Gap and Preparing the Next Generation of Teachers

Teacher shortages in Wisconsin, and across the country, have a stranglehold on the profession. Enrollment in educator prep programs in Wisconsin is down 30 percent.…

By Leah Luke

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

This November, Vote for Education Equity

I recently attended the Education Post Blogger Summit in Montgomery, Alabama. Of the many inspiring moments, the one that hit me hardest was when Alma…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 28, 2018

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…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Don’t Think We Need DACA? My Students Prove You Wrong

I teach in rural Central Illinois, and my high school, PORTA, is predominantly White, like most of the small schools in my area. However, I…

By Pat Marshall

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

Coffee Break: Why the CEO of an Aerospace Company Opened a Charter School for Rural Kids

“It was either move the company or start a school.” —Paul Campbell Paul Campbell grew up in rural Kentucky and is currently the CEO of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 5, 2018

Rural Kids Need Better Schools Too

I didn’t really think much about rural representation until I first got involved in educational leadership. For the first time, I learned that there was…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

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.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

Accountability Doesn’t Lie With a Number, It Lies With Our Students

Accountability is one of those words that means a million different things to a million different people. For many in my state (and even those…

By Stacey Davidson

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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