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* What are some characteristics of effective rural schools?
* Teacher Learning in Context: The Special Case of Rural High School Teachers
Understanding teacher learning and its relationship to teacher work is critical if efforts to improve
teacher quality are to be successful. This article examines one overlooked context in the discourse about
teacher learning and work—rural high schools. From the Education Policy Analysis Archives.
* Why Rural Matters 2003: The Continuing Need for Every State to Take Action on Rural Education
This is the second analysis by the Rural Trust of data on education in rural America from a wide variety of sources.
The report's conclusion: specific policy attention to rural school needs is critically needed in many states.
* Navigating Resources for Rural Schools
Developed by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, the Web site provides links to data and information on current and changing conditions in education in rural America.
* Pulling Together: Research and Development Resources for Rural Schools
Pulling Together, a product of the National Network of Regional Educationa Laboratories, is a collection of research and development resources for educators who work in rural settings. The resources include Web sites, publications, training programs, model programs, and services.
* The Rural School and Community Trust
"A nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enlarging student learning and improving community life by strengthening relationships between rural schools and communities and engaging students in community-based public work." (Excerpt)
* Affordable Access, Rural Online (AAROn)
A resource for policymakers and others who want to help rural schools and communities overcome barriers to the National Information Infrastructure (NII).
* The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Rural Web page
The American Association of School Administrators' page devoted to the information needs of rural and
small school administrators. Includes the Rural, Small Schools weekly newsletter. There is also
information on rural issues in the Government Relations section of the AASA site.
* Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
Conducts research and facilitates public dialogue about the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
* The AEL Rural Specialty
Resources from the Appalachia Regional Laboratory.
* ERIC Digest - Sociodemographic Changes: Promise and Problems for Rural Education (1999)
* Rural Information Center
A joint project of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education & Extension Service and the National Agricultural Library (NAL). RIC provides information and referral services to local government officials, community organizations, health professionals and organizations, rural electric and telephone cooperatives, libraries, businesses, and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 304
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
1-800-633-7701(8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, EST.)
* National Rural Education Association
820 Van Vleet Oval, Room 227
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: (405) 325-7959
Fax: (405) 325-7959
* Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools
Provides services to small and/or rural schools while conducting research projects that generate knowledge that can improve the quality of education in the United States; researches various school-related issues and produces reports for school personnel; provides intensive analysis and remediation for schools needing assistance; produces videotapes and telecasts for staff development training on numerous topics; sponsors the National Conference on Creating the Quality School.
University of Oklahoma
555 East Constitution
Norman, OK 73072-7820
Toll Free: 800/937-4760
* Center for Rural Affairs
The Center engages in research, education, advocacy, and service work to further this vision of rural America
Center for Rural Affairs
101 S Tallman St
PO Box 406
Walthill NE 68067
Tel: (402) 846-5428
Fax: (402) 846-5420
* Rural Clearinghouse for Lifelong Education and Development
Leads the effort to improve rural access to continued education; provides research, information, and policy recommendations regarding rural adult education to educators and policymakers through special projects, publications, and conferences.
Kansas State University
252 Bluemont Hall
1100 Mid Campus Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506-5306
* Organizations Concerned About Rural Education
Organizations Concerned about Rural Education is a coalition of more than two dozen education, farm, rural, technology and utility organizations.
1201 16th St NW, #510
Washington, DC 20036
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