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Rural Matters

Sep 18, 2017

In this inaugural episode. John discuss several major cutting-edge rural education issues, including teacher shortages, innovative recruitment practices, and Internet connectivity, with Allen Pratt, the executive director of the National Rural Education Association.  Pratt has recently taken over the helm of NREA, the voice of rural schools and communities, and the oldest established organization of its kind in the U.S., representing rural teachers, administers and school board members.

You’ll hear how states are implementing “grow your own” programs to deal with the teacher shortage in rural communities; how universities, such as Texas Tech and the University of Northern Colorado, are developing innovative strategies to fast track certification; how rural schools and communities are making mobile hot spots available to students after school; and how a school district in Wyoming saved money and time by connecting classrooms to teach an anatomy class to a wider student population.