Rural Education

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Assisting rural communities and citizens with their information needs.


Connecting Educators, Building Communities Across Rural America

United States Department of Education.

"United States Department of Education's new online community of practice group for rural schools. Virtual communities of practice provide a platform for educators to connect to resources, tools, colleagues, experts, and learning activities, both within and beyond schools."

Student and teacher working at a computer. Rural Education Resource Center

United States Department of Education.

"Designed to disseminate information regarding research and practice to stakeholders..."

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United States Department of Agriculture.

Read the Blog Post:  "Today, on Teacher Appreciation Day, we have an opportunity to say “thank you” to America’s educators.   In particular, I’d like to send a brief message of thanks to our teachers working in small towns and rural communities across the United States."  Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, on May 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

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DOE. Institute of Educational Sciences. National Center for Education Statistics.

"This report brings together data from NCES and Census surveys and applies the new classification system to create a series of indicators on the status of education in rural America."

Children sitting in a circle with books. Copyright iStock photos Why Rural Matters 2011-12 (PDF | 905.43 KB)

Rural School and Community Trust Policy Program.

Statistical Indicators of the Condition of Rural Education in the 50 States.

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USDA. Economic Research Service.

"Improving education may also be an effective economic development strategy for rural communities and regions. Counties with higher levels of educational attainment among the working-age population are less likely to be persistently poor or experience low employment rates."

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American Association of Community Colleges and ecoAmerica.

"The Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center aims to advance sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges by sharing innovative models and resources and building the capacity of college administrators, faculty, and staff to contribute as leaders."

Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008

United States Forest Service.

"P.L. 110-343, enacted on October 3, 2008, reauthorized and amended the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-393)."

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Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.

" is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs."

Girl Reading a Book Education - Resouces for Rural Citizens

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

Consumers guide to rural education information and higher education funding resources.

American Council on Rural Special Education

Montana State University Billings. Montana Center on Disabilities.

Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools

University of Oklahoma. College of Continuing Education.

Journal of Research in Rural Education

Center on Rural Education and Communities, Penn State University's College of Education.

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National Rural Education Association.

Organization of rural school administrators, teachers, board members, and others interested in maintaining the vitality of rural school systems across the USA.

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American Library Association.

"...provides tips and tools you can use from the ALA Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services."

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

Organizations Concerned about Rural Education

Organizations Concerned about Rural Education.

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Arizona State University. College of Education. Center for Indian Education.

"The Journal of American Indian Education is a professional journal that publishes papers directly related to the education of American Indian/Alaska Natives."

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture.

Rural Education at a Glance

USDA. Economic Research Service.

This Rural Development Research Report (No. RDRR98) from January 2004 provides the latest information from the 2000 Census and other Federal sources on the education characteristics of rural workers and counties.

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Rural Community College Alliance.

"A network and advocacy group that helps build the capacity of member community colleges to improve the educational and economic prospects for rural America."

Education Literature

Information Institute of Syracuse.

Searchable online database with many rural education items.

Dollar sign image Rural Library Funding from USDA. (PDF | 36.18KB)

USDA. Rural Development.

Factsheet describing the use of Community Facilities funds for rural libraries.

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Helping you find library materials online, and the library in your area that you can get them from.