Rural Policy Matters: December 2013

Last Updated: December 17, 2013

Rural Policy Matters: December 2013

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The December issue of RPM focuses on poverty, and specifically on Promise Neighborhood initiatives to bring cradle-to-career supports to all children and youth in three distressed rural communities. The issue includes a reflection on poverty; a profile of the Berea Promise Neighborhood initiative in Kentucky; an exploration of family engagement efforts in Berea initiatives; news and insight from all three Promise Neighborhood initiatives; information about the Rural Education Summit; and an announcement of the 2014 Global Teacher Fellowship application process.

Facts and Figures: How Many Children Attend America’s Poorest 10% of Rural Schools?
How many children attend America’s poorest 10% of rural schools?

There’s Poverty…
Thoughts on what it means to talk about poverty and to address it in very distressed communities.

All Children Everywhere
The nation’s first rural Promise Neighborhood is entering its third year. In this issue of RPM we talk with some of its staff and hear about approaches, emerging successes, and opportunities.

Family Engagement: Lasting Positive Impact
Family engagement is the one of the pillars of the work Partners for Education is building in the Promise Neighborhood. We explore some of the ways the Berea initiative builds relationships across schools and communities.

Promise Neighborhoods: Promising, Challenging, Exhilarating
Three rural Promise Neighborhood grant recipients offer perspective on the work.

Rural Education Summit at Berea College
A national Rural Education Summit spotlights the need for investment in rural communities and schools and some of the rewards those investments bring.

Applications for 2014 Global Teacher Fellowship Program Now Open
Teachers and other academic personnel working in a rural or small town school may apply for fellowships for self-designed summer learning experiences based in international travel.