Resources for Rural School Districts

More than half of school districts and about one-third of public schools in the United States are in rural areas. Rural districts have a unique challenge, ranging from poverty and vast travel distances to a lack of affordable internet access. Twenty-three percent of children in rural areas were poor in 2016 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CoSN is committed to developing resources to support rural districts. We will continue to add to our library. CoSN is grateful to the following sponsor for their support of this initiative: ENA/CatchOn, Google for Education and Team4Tech.
In partnership with Team4Tech, CoSN has created two resources with proven strategies and real stories of how school systems have established meaningful local partnerships to provide assistance along their digital path. 

Leveraging Community 

Top 5-Location Based Challenges 

Digital Leap Recommendations

Sustaining the Digital Leap

New! Digital Equity Considerations for Rural School Districts

Challenges and Opportunities of Rural School Districts in Taking the Digital Leap
CoSN asked the question of 30 CTO’s and Superintendents in rural districts: What are your challenges and opportunities?
The top four challenges were:
  1. Broadband Access
  2. Funding
  3. People
  4. Understanding the “Why”
Opportunities exist at the same time. Rural districts have unique opportunities due to their smaller size. They are often more nimble and leadership has more ownership of the schools. Rural districts often have community involvement. Teacher retention is strong – often teachers in the town were once students at those same schools.

Access your copy of the report here

Millard County School District (UT) Case Study
Millard County School District, a rural district with approximately 3,000 students including the towns of Delta and Fillmore in Utah, was preparing to begin a multi-year 1:1 initiative. The goal of the project was to ensure that their students were not disadvantaged by the rural location and were prepared for college, life and career readiness. They also had many concerns, such as the best approach to gain teacher engagement, achieve better student outcomes, and communicate with the community.

Read the full case study here

Special thanks to our partners VMware and Team4Tech