Resources for Rural Communities and Schools 

Articles, podcasts, and links to all things Rural Education

Why Teachers Stay: Shaping a New Narrative on Rural Teacher Retention

PDF

This research study’s findings “reveal the centrality of relationships to teachers’ decisions to stay in their rural schools.”

Theory & Practice in Rural Education

Journal

Theory & Practice in Rural Education (TPRE) is an online, peer-reviewed, open access journal published by East Carolina University’s Rural Education Institute. This journal, released twice each year, features articles about issues related to rural schools, students, educators, institutions of higher education, and communities.

Expanding rural education is crucial for economic and workforce development

Podcast

Experts from the Academic Development Institute, Appalachian Regional Commission, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and our Child Welfare and Education division discuss how to overcome broadband and educational gaps in rural communities to promote economic and workforce development.

A Closer Look at Rural Education

Podcast

In this podcast, Jenn Folsom of ICF Next speaks with Caitlin Howley of the ICF child welfare and education team, Sam Redding from the Academic Development Institute (ADI), and Janet Throgmorton, principal of Fancy Farm Elementary School, to discuss the unique aspects of rural schools in the U.S. and how they’re responding to the challenges of COVID-19.

The Rural Scoop

Podcast

The Cultivating Rural Education series of the Rural Scoop features the editors and authors of the book by the same name! Join me and my guest co-host Julie Duffield of the Region 15 Comprehensive Center for West Ed in this special collaboration as we talk to editors Sam Redding and Caitlin Howley. 

Rural Database on Academic Development Institute Now Available!

Webpage

Click the link, select Improvement and Turnaround, then select Topic/Issue, and finally, select Rural Education in the dropdown to view all rural related resources.  

Reciprocal Learning Environment

PDF

This story and the accompanying questions will prompt your thinking about rural education.

Hubey Rides the Bus 

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This story and the accompanying questions will prompt your thinking about rural education.

Journal of Research in Rural Education

Webpage

Since 1982, the peer-reviewed Journal of Research in Rural Education has published original research about education issues in rural places. The journal is now a structured as an open access e-journal, making it easy to keep up to the date with the latest research about rural education.

Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Rural Schools

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This research brief seeks to highlight the need for, and the importance of, implementing trauma-informed (TI) approaches in rural school communities, and shares recommendations for planning and implementation by schools and districts. 

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