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STEM education in rural schools

9 Oct

Moi wrote about the challenges of providing technology in rural schools in Rural schools and the digital divide:

In Rural Schools In America Fight To Bridge Digital Divide, Butrymowicz writes in the Huffington Post:

Rural schools have long been leaders in distance-learning and online education—to offer a full slate of courses to their students, they’ve had to be. In fact, Edison has a fully online school that enrolls about 100 other students in the district. But when it comes to technology inside traditional classrooms, the small sizes—and budgets—of rural schools present unique hurdles…. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/21/rural-schools-in-america-_n_1617167.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

The Rural Assistance Center has some great information about technology in rural areas.

In Technology Frequently Asked Questions, The Rural Assistance Center discusses technology issues. http://www.raconline.org/topics/technology/technologyfaq.phphttps://drwilda.com/2012/06/21/rural-schools-and-the-digital-divide/

Moi wrote about the unique challenges faced by rural schools in Rural schools:

The Council of State Governments‘ report, Rural Schools: Federal Expenditures & State Perspectives has the following key findings:

Key Findings

1. Rural schools and districts are at a significant disadvantage when seeking Title I funding.

2. Rural Education Achievement Program funds help only a small portion of rural schools and districts.

3. Rural schools due to infrastructure or staffing shortages find it difficult to compete for competitive grants.

4. Rural schools do not receive preferential federal funding, even though it costs more to educate rural students.

5. Low state funding, leads to low federal funding. This means that if Utah spends $5,521 per pupil while Rhode Island spends $13,410 per pupil, Rhode Island will receive the larger allocation even after controlling for the cost of living in that states.8

6. Distance learning and integrating technology into the classroom is a costly necessity. In the face of school consolidation and increased competitiveness in the college application process, rural schools and districts must provide more schooling options and more advanced courses, if they want their students to succeed.

7. The recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers is an issue for rural schools. Rural schools tend to employ teachers who teach more than one core subject, are miles from the nearest university or college and who may be paraprofessionals, all of which makes hiring and retaining qualified teachers a challenge.

8. Pockets of rural students exist everywhere in the United States and their composition varies ethnically, racially, socioeconomically, and in English proficiency. There is no one way to address all rural communities. http://www.csgdc.org/memberservices/documents/RuralSchool-FederalExpendituresandStatePerspectives.pdfBecause a significant number of children attend rural schools, rural schools must receive the resources to educate their children. https://drwilda.com/2012/04/25/rural-schools/

Diette Courrege reports in the Education Week article, STEM Initiative Shows Promise in Rural Schools:

A proposal turned down for federal Investing in Innovation funding is showing promising first-year results after a scaled-down version was implemented in six rural schools.

The Rural School and Community Trust, a nonprofit rural education advocacy group, decided to cover the roughly $185,000 cost for a small group of North Carolina and Louisiana schools to try the STEM Students and Teachers Achieving Reform program.

The program is based on a model developed by the nonprofit GenerationYES. It gives professional development training to a a small group of hand-picked students, dubbed Student STEM Leaders, and teachers, which is particularly important for rural schools that often struggle to give students technology access. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rural_education/2012/10/stem_initiative_promising_for_rural_schools.html?intc=es



Evaluation Report 2011–2012

Phyllis Campbell Ault, Ed.D.

August 2012

About Education Northwest

Education Northwest (formerly Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory) was founded more than 40 years ago as a nonprofit corporation. The organization’s mission is to build capacity in schools, families, and communities through applied research and development. We draw on many years of experience designing and conducting educational and social research, as well as providing consultation for a broad array of research and development efforts.

STEM STAR was supported by the Rural School and Community Trust, and implemented by Generation YES. Education Northwest conducted the external evaluation at the request of the program leaders. The team working on this evaluation has extensive experience evaluating technology-infused programs of this scope.


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Here is information about Generation Yes, the program used:

Generation YES – Technology Integration & Student Empowerment

GenYES – Student-Supported Professional Development

GenYES (Generation of Youth and Educators Succeeding) creates a student leadership team or class that can help teachers with tech support and technology integration projects. GenYES offers a structured model with curriculum and online tools proven in thousands of schools. It’s a win-win: GenYES students gain 21st century skills, teachers school-wide receive high-quality tech support and help using technology in their own classroom. (more)

TechYES – Student Technology Literacy Assessment and Certification

TechYES provides everything needed to run a student-centered, project-based national technology literacy certification program for grades 6-9. TechYES provides a robust project-based learning support system that connects projects to Common Core Standards, meets ISTE NETS technology standards for students, and fulfills e-rate requirements. (more)

TechYES Extended Technology Literacy Curriculum

Is your technology curriculum stuck in the last century? Update your media and technology class with technology curriculum that supports 21st century project-based learning. (more)

TechYES or GenYES. Which One is Right for Me?

Are you wondering which Generation YES program is right for you? Once you’ve explored the details of these programs, you may still have questions about this. This page will help you decide which Generation YES program is the right fit for you.


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