Nearly one of every five US public school students, approximately 9.3 million, attends a rural school. Nonetheless, the experiences and needs of rural students—as well as of their teachers, school staff and administrators, and district leaders—can be invisible. There are several reasons for this. For example, some education leaders lack any firsthand experience of rural life or may not understand the challenges that rural schools and districts confront. Another reason is that the majority of rural students attend school in a state where they make up less than a quarter of school enrollment, so their needs may be less apparent overall.
See our services below, based on our book: Howley, C.W., & Redding, S. (2021). Cultivating rural education: A people-focused approach for states. Information Age Publishing.