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A group of East Tennessee rural school districts are working together to improve students' skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, and their pilot efforts to do so appears to have been effective in boosting students' interest in those subjects.


The drought gripping rural communities nationwide can be used as a learning opportunity for students, and plenty of resources are available for classroom teachers.


Rural educators discuss Common Core State Standards and what it means for rural communities at first in-person meeting of Rural Education Network.


Federal Investing in Innovation grant recipient hopes to narrow the achievement gap between American Indian children and their peers by the start of kindergarten.


Schools in rural areas tend to have a higher percentage of teachers in their first or second year in the classroom than schools in small- to mid-sized cities or suburbs, a new study finds.


Researchers who looked at studies on family involvement and family-school partnerships in rural areas say more such inquiry is needed to confirm if such partnerships produce better student outcomes.


One Texas university launched a program this summer to fight the "brain drain" felt in rural communities that see young people leave for better opportunities perceived elsewhere.


A Tennessee-based nonprofit, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, has launched a new campaign aimed at finding promising practices in rural communities.


Hundreds of 4-H groups will unite this fall for National Youth Science Day by doing the same experiment as part of a broader effort to stimulate students' interest in science.


The Secure Rural Schools Act extended for one year to the benefit of rural schools nationwide, but future funding is uncertain.


A study finds that seven effective rural superintendents in Michigan shared a belief that students will be academically successful, emphasized putting high-quality teachers in classrooms, and valued creativity in creating resources to address needs.


Rural advocates say developing youth entrepreneurs is one way to spark economic development, and a new Rural Entrepreneurship Teaching Unit gives educators a template for teaching students about that issue.


Rural Idaho charter school focuses on patriotism but some question whether it crosses the line into politics.


The Rural School and Community Trust criticizes federal report on place-based approach but likes the concept for rural communities.


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