Rural District Collaboration Increases Opportunities USDOE

By Heather Mattson / April 17, 2015

"Like small school districts in rural areas across the United States, those in the Appalachia region of Ohio face particular challenges—teachers are harder to recruit and retain, professional learning opportunities are infrequent for the teachers who are there, and advanced classes are limited because there are too few students to justify offering them."

This post from U.S. Department of Education’s Progress Blog describes the work of the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative (OAC), a group of 21 small rural districts, which leverages economies of scale by working together to improve outcomes for students. Read more about the OAC on the Progress Blog.

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Heather Mattson

Heather Mattson is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd and a staff member of the Center on School Turnaround. In addition to coordinating the Journeys content team, she is a Journeys school facilitator and a blog contributor.

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