For years our professional literature has documented the challenges of rural American schools with frequent comparisons to urban American schools. For the most part, I get the picture from the lenses of researchers. Not until our Firm, Atlantic Research Partners, began providing technical assistance did I truly internalize the immense challenges:
1. harder to recruit teachers–especially teachers who have choices about where to live and work.
2. more likely to be located in very high-poverty areas
3. harder to compete for parents’ and families’ time to participate in school-related activities
4. more sparse connectivity for rich technology based learning
5. the list goes on…
One school district we had been proud to parter with for 3 years is the Hampton 2 district in rural SC. They are infusing hope into their communities and moving the needle on student achievement. By their own admission and that of superintendent Deonia Simmons, they have a long way to go, but they are making solid progress.
Check out this video of some of the educators in Hampton 2.
P.S. For information about Power of Teaching, our Firm does not distribute that work any longer. It is managed through the Professional Development team at NWEA. www.nwea.org