December 2011 Archives

Most-Read Rural Education Posts In 2011

Rural Education blog describes the Top 10 most-read posts of 2011.

Rural News Roundup: Buses, E-Learning, Grants

Calif. rural districts frustrated over state budget cuts for transportation, Virtual Learning Center in Maine attracts national interest, and grant opportunities announced for Native American education.

Rural Colorado Schools Draw State's Attention

Colorado's rural schools have been in the limelight after a court ruled the state's funding system is flawed and the education department created a new council to focus on rural needs.

Frontier Schools Share Difficulties, Survival Secrets

Districts that operate today's version of the one-room schoolhouse struggle financially because of low enrollment, but seek to make their buildings integral parts of the community, according to new study.

New Public-Private Partnership Targets Rural W.Va. Schools

More than 40 public and private groups are joining forces to turn around one of the country's worst rural school districts, hoping to use it as a model to improve other rural schools.

Rural Schools Tap Into Federal Distance-Learning Funds

Stories have been cropping up this past week about rural schools receiving federal money to improve their distance-learning offerings, and most of it's coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

Rural Schools Face Technology Challenges

Remote schools often struggle with a lack of technology infrastructure, money, and tech-proficient staff and community partners, an article in T.H.E. Journal says.

American Indian, Alaska Native Education Get White House Attention

A White House initiative aims to expand and improve educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students, and leaders of those communities welcomed the news.

Researchers Disagree On Improving Reading In Rural Areas

Researchers debate the Direct Instruction model in teaching reading to rural students, in a series of Journal of Research in Rural Education articles.

Rural Teachers To Attend Cultural Immersion Camps

Rural Alaska teachers will attend cultural immersion camps to help them better understand the remote Native villages they will encounter.

Career-Changing, First-Year Rural Teachers Studied

Rural schools can help first-year, career changing teachers by helping them adjust to their new communities and encouraging them to develop mentors, according to a new study.

Curriculum, Teachers, Enrollment: Top Three Issues In Rural Illinois

Developing a first-rate curriculum, attracting and retaining high-quality teachers, and addressing declining enrollment are the top three issues facing small, rural Illinois superintendents, according to a new study.

Hispanic Population Growing, Hispanic Educators Hard To Find

Hispanic communities are on the rise in rural towns throughout the Great Plains, and Hispanic educators nationally are hard to find.

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