Community Engagement Leads to Student Success in Rural Communities

Rural communities have unique challenges when it comes to improving student outcomes, such as professional isolation. Westat staff member Laura Taylor, along with presenters from local education agencies and national organizations, discussed promising practices to overcome these challenges at the 2019 National Rural Education Association Convention and Research Symposium.

Two rural projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) and Education Innovation & Research (EIR) programs, explored how strong engagement led to improved student outcomes and program sustainability. Ms. Taylor participated in a session called, Engaging Rural Together: Stories from i3/EIR Grantees.

With the focus on rural communities, session presenters discussed:

  • Commonalities that lead to success for both students and teachers
  • Challenges to overcome
  • Examples of student engagement

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