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Cost and resource levels make it harder to incorporate technology at many of the nation's rural schools, said the U.S. Department of Education's point person for technology, and finding ways to overcome those obstacles is part of the follow-up work being done in response to a Rural Education Technology Summit held this summer in Washington. In an interview with Tech & Learning magazine about the summit's impact, Karen Cator, director of education technology, said the Education Department is looking at how to overcome funding challenges in rural schools by integrating technology into the core context of programs. "For example, some ...


Education Department officials are in rural Alabama this week looking at programs in school districts rural advocates list among the most distressed in the nation. John White, deputy secretary for rural outreach, said the purpose of the three-day visit to the Greensboro, Ala., area was to talk about ways to train and place high-quality teachers in local schools and to tout the administration's 2020 college completion goal, highlighted at a White House summit this week. White and Michael Robbins, special assistant for faith-based and community partnerships, spent Wednesday and Thursday with rural educators, and non-profit and private sector leaders. Among ...


Momentum for a national rural teacher corps is building, say rural education advocates, buoyed by the recent resurgence of regional "grow your own" programs that develop teachers and leaders in high-need, hard-to-staff areas. The non-profit Rural School and Community Trust has been having exploratory talks with faculty and administrators at seven universities that have an interest in enhancing rural teacher preparation programs and in being part of an invigorated national effort, said Gary Funk, director of the new Ozarks Teacher Corps in Missouri. Funk, who also serves on the board of the Rural School and Community Trust, told the Rural ...


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