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Berry, Ann B.; Gravelle, Maggie – Rural Educator, 2013
Special education teachers, through a national survey conducted in 55 rural districts, provided information on the positive and negative aspects of teaching in rural schools. The 203 special educators were asked what they liked best about their position and what they found challenging. Some of the themes identified in the analysis centered on…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Rural Areas
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Robinson, Gretchen G.; Bursuck, William D.; Sinclair, Kristin D. – Rural Educator, 2013
Response to Intervention (RTI) models are currently being implemented in many school districts nationwide. However, at a time when interest in RTI is high, the extent to which it is being implemented effectively in rural schools is largely unknown. Teachers and administrators in two rural elementary schools in the Southeastern United States who…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Elementary School Students, Rural Schools, Pilot Projects
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Leonard, Jacqueline; Russell, Nicole M.; Hobbs, Robert M.; Buchanan, Heather – Rural Educator, 2013
The purpose of this article is to promote the use of GIS and place-based education (PBE) in rural mathematics classrooms. The pedagogy of place is disappearing from rural communities because of declining enrollments, lack of support, and federal mandates to focus more on basic academic skills. However, PBE does not stand in opposition to…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Rural Schools
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Shim, Jenna M. – Rural Educator, 2013
In this study, the author suggests that the current ELL parental involvement model often overlooks the structural aspects and power asymmetry of parent-teacher relationships that can hinder productive collaboration. In doing so, the author uses postcolonial theory as a conceptual lens to investigate the dynamics of ELL parent-teacher interactions…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Decision Making, Rural Areas, English (Second Language)
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Alleman, Nathan F.; Holly, L. Neal – Rural Educator, 2013
Formal and informal partnerships between rural schools and their communities can provide a wide range of supports for all students, but particularly those from low-income families. In this analysis of six small rural school districts in Virginia we show how the broad participation of community groups and individuals supports academic achievement…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Low Income Groups
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Vaughn, Margaret; Saul, Melissa – Rural Educator, 2013
Advocates of rural education emphasize the need to examine supports which may promote rural educators given the challenging contexts of which they face. Teacher visioning has been conceptualized as a navigational tool to help sustain and promote teachers given high-challenging contexts. The current study explored 10 public school teachers from…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Public School Teachers, Rural Schools, Teacher Attitudes
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Wood, Jo Nell; Finch, Kim; Mirecki, Rachel M. – Rural Educator, 2013
The focus on instructional leadership has reached a crescendo with the waivers for No Child Left Behind (2002). The leadership of the principal is known to be a key factor in supporting student achievement; however, recruitment and retention of administrators in rural areas of the Midwest is very difficult. This survey research study explored the…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Rural Areas, Principals
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Spring, Janet – Rural Educator, 2013
There is a scarcity of research in contemporary rural studies in Canada, particularly pertaining to education. Discrepancies exist in definitions of rural and rurality. What is the meaning of rural, and how do educators define their teaching praxes? This study explores how one music teacher negotiates her role identity in a rural setting through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Music Education, Music Teachers
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Versland, Tena M. – Rural Educator, 2013
Although "grow your own" principal preparation programs have become a popular method for recruiting and selecting administrator candidates for hard to fill positions in both urban and rural schools, "grow your own" principal candidates in rural contexts may be more vulnerable to the phenomenon of loss of self-efficacy. This…
Descriptors: Principals, Recruitment, Mentors, College School Cooperation
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Eargle, Jeffrey C. – Rural Educator, 2013
Rural teachers need ongoing, flexible professional development designed to encourage collaboration and curriculum development. Furthermore, rural school reform requires successful collaborations between schools and colleges to create leaders within schools. Therefore, this case study is a program review that investigates how social studies…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Faculty Development, Teacher Leadership, College School Cooperation
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Preston, Jane P.; Jakubiec, Brittany A. E.; Kooymans, Robin – Rural Educator, 2013
Within this article, we thematically present common challenges associated with the role of the rural principal. In this literature review, we delimit our search to work published from 2003-2013. A limitation of this study is that it represents data predominantly from American, Canadian, and Australian rural settings, restricting a global…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Principals, School Administration, Rural Schools
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Ringler, Marjorie C.; O'Neal, Debra; Rawls, Jana; Cumiskey, Shelia – Rural Educator, 2013
In rural eastern North Carolina, the rapid growth of English Learners (ELs) unintentionally makes mainstream classrooms sheltered instruction classrooms. Sheltered instruction is content-based instruction (CBI) where ELs acquire language while learning content. In addition to ELs, this region has a high number of Standard English Learners (SELs).…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Administrator Role, Language Proficiency
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Hardre, Patricia L. – Rural Educator, 2012
Rural schools face the challenges of motivating and retaining students, often in the face of severe resource constraints. This paper synthesizes fifteen years of the author's rural research on secondary students' school-related motivation, distilling it into strategic principles for rural teachers and administrators. Effective motivational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Rural Schools, Rural Areas
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Ashton, Brian; Duncan, Heather E. – Rural Educator, 2012
The purpose of this article is to explore both the challenges and skills needed to effectively assume a leadership position and thus to create an entry plan or "toolkit" for a new rural school leader. The entry plan acts as a guide beginning principals may use to navigate the unavoidable confusion that comes with leadership. It also assists…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Leadership, Principals, Professional Isolation
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Casto, Hope G.; Steinhauer, Alexandra; Pollock, Pamela M. – Rural Educator, 2012
Many rural school districts face declining enrollments. A few districts have taken the unusual path of recruiting international students in order to boost their enrollments. This study examines a community using this strategy and the resulting financial, academic, and social situations for the school, community, and students, both local and…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, School Closing, School Districts, Rural Schools
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