Rural schools

Teacher Edward Hawkins watches his class as they take a math test at West Bolivar High School in late October.

Teacher shortages force districts to use online education programs

When the computers are in charge, students complain ‘ain’t nobody really teaching’

Kaitlyn Barton teaches English at Clarksdale High School.

After years of inaction, Delta teacher shortage reaches ‘crisis’ levels

Districts scrambling for staff put uncertified teachers in classrooms

Brad Parton, a rancher and educator in Fayetteville, Tenn., feeds some of his 25 cows on his farm.

Rural colleges aren’t supplying the workers rural businesses and agriculture need

Both sides concede they don’t often talk to each other, resulting in a widening skills gap

Students at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tennessee, work with machinery in the school’s mechatronics lab.

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

Companies need more people with degrees but struggle to find them

project based learning

Farm-related projects bring classroom lessons to life

The Milton Hershey School embeds agriculture and environmental education into all classes

(Left to right) Carol Cannon and her son, Johnathan, welcome teachers Cathy Jack and Pamela George for the first of two visits the pair will make to their Hemphill, West Virginia, home. The second visit will follow early in the new year.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

A struggling West Virginia district sends teachers to students’ homes to help them get to college

A rural charter school splits an Oklahoma town

A businessman makes an end run around community opponents to bring a charter school to a struggling small town. Now, he wants to expand to others like it.

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As a student from a tiny rural hometown, Kendra Beaudoin found unexpected obstacles when she arrived last year at the University of Michigan. She had to use a paper map to find her way around after losing her phone, couldn’t figure out the bus system and didn’t understand crosswalks. “Those aren’t a thing where I live.”

Some colleges extend scholarships and other help to rural high school grads

They see benefits to diversity — and their own bottom lines — in having rural students

Matthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado. The school board liked him (and the idea of saving money) so much that it asked if he’d serve as principal too.

The big jobs of small-town principals

Rural school leaders have some of the most complex roles in education — and some of the highest attrition

Using teacher-leaders to improve schools

“Opening the door for innovation” by extending the impact of the best teachers to more students

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