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and Small Schools! If you're from another state, your feature is coming soon, so submit today at http://bit.ly/iaartsubmit
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We are asking rural communities to share how COVID-19 is impacting them. Read below for what Michele Zollars of Oak Run, CA, had to say. You can share yours here: http://bit.ly/iaartcovid (Note: user submitted pre-COVID photos)
At my rural school of less than 60 students, the majority do not have reliable wifi access at home. We, the school staff, imparted textbooks and paper learning packets to them when we parted for the COVID shutdown. We continued to hold open campus once per week for distribution and collection of school work and food.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Many parents are wondering how schools could look different when they reopen in the fall.
The Pima County superintendent toured a charter school today.
The principal of Da Vinci Tree Academy invited Dustin Williams to look at a preliminary model that follows CDC guidelines.
|Rural Educator Weekly Spotlight:|
This article highlights various paradoxes and false dichotomies in rural education research. Using Paulo Freire's theories of oppression and critical awareness, the article delineates a theoretical framework designed to explore a reframing of rural education. We propose that this reframing would serve as rural praxis for school leaders and teachers, and we make use of these theories to discuss school leader and teacher preparation programs. This reframing for the field of rural education research proposes a way through contradictions and dispels deficit narratives underlying conceptions of rurality and theoretical constructs in rural education research.
Amy Price Azano, Virginia Tech
Amy Price Azano is an associate professor in the School of Education at Virginia Tech.
Catharine Biddle is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Maine.
In 2016, the National Rural Education Association (NREA) released its Research Agenda 2016-2021 identifying ten rural education research priorities. As the Research Agenda draws to a close, it is time to take stock of the state of research within these ten priority areas and to identify new research directions. In addition, recent political, instructional and health challenges suggest that new research is needed to support rural education in a post-COVID-19 world. For this special issue we invite scholarship that synthesizes research in an area of education either within or beyond the ten priority areas including:
- Access to counseling/mental health/chemical dependence services
- Building the capacity to meet the needs of diverse populations
- Closing achievement gaps in rural schools
- College and career readiness/preparation for post-secondary experiences
- Data-driven decision-making to improve student educational attainment
- Effects of poverty on rural education
- Rural school/family relationships
- Teacher/leader preparation for rural schools
- Technology integration needed to meet the needs of rural schools.
In particular, we seek work that summarizes, synthesizes and critiques the current state of research in an area pertinent to rural education. Research reviews should point to new directions and shifting understandings of rural education contexts and intersections with the broader field of education. Reviews may be aligned with one of the ten priorities or they may make the case for new priorities for rural education research. In considering rural salience, authors are encouraged to address four questions:
- Does the review support rural schools and communities in their education work?
- How will this review matter to rural education practitioners, advocates, and researchers?
- Does this review expand, strengthen, or complicate our understanding of rural education?
- Does the review avoid stereotypes of rural places and add to an understanding of rural as rich and complex?
In early March 2020, Danielle McClary, a Verizon Innovative Learning coach in rural Polk County, Tennessee, got a call from her district’s administrators. There was a real possibility that schools would soon close and switch over online classes to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, they said. Did she have any ideas for how to support teachers on the fly as they traded brick-and-mortar for virtual classrooms?
Connect Americans Now Briefing Highlights Need for Action to Expand Broadband Access for Agriculture, Education, Small Businesses, Veterans and Rural Communities
Connect Americans Now (CAN), hosted a virtual briefing
, “The Digital Divide and Rural America: The Urgency of Connectivity in the Era of COVID-19, on Tuesday.
CAN was joined for the briefing by a panel representing agricultural producers & farmers, American enterprise & innovators, rural communities, educators & students and veterans, who spoke to:
- The impact of the digital divide on these constituencies and the urgency for action, particularly in the time of COVID-19.
- The commendable progress that has been made to clear regulatory burdens to innovation, maximize spectrum resources, improve data and expand connectivity.
- The actions Congress can take to tackle this urgent problem and completely eliminate the digital divide in America, including by allocating resources for broadband deployments that will most rapidly and most cost-effectively bridge the broadband gap.
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Student safety, parent communications, and route management – how will student transportation departments manage these three challenges in the era of social distancing, sudden school closures, and widespread uncertainty?
On June 23rd at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET, three respected voices from the industry will share their thoughts on how school bus fleets are adopting technology to help manage the new busing reality.
- Key Takeaways:How to keep kids and drivers safe with new CDC guidelines
- How to improve communications with concerned parents
- How CDC guidelines will impact routes and getting kids to school on time