Rural schools

The silence of school leaders on climate change

Some educators say school boards and education groups have a responsibility to speak out on climate inaction, but those calls aren’t always being well-received

Rural students often go unnoticed by colleges. Can virtual counseling put them on the map?

In rural high schools, college guidance is often inadequate or non-existent. But new programs are popping up to help  

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In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

This district says personalized learning boosted its graduation rate from 78 to 97 percent

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

Schools across the state are ditching A through F report cards and letting students retake tests to emphasize learning over seat time, but each district’s interpretation of proficiency-based learning looks different, and a high profile fiasco in Maine looms large

Inside Maine’s disastrous rollout of proficiency-based learning

How well-intentioned education and business leaders, backed by wealthy foundations and a success story from faraway Alaska, sold state lawmakers on a largely untested theory of change

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A big reason rural students never go to college: Colleges don’t recruit them

College recruiters who flock to suburban high schools seldom visit rural ones

How grassroots efforts are trying to solve the teacher shortage crisis

One teacher at a time, nonprofit groups try to address the lack of teachers in the Mississippi Delta. After years of inaction, the state finally steps in to help them

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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

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