Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

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This issue is the final issue of The Rural Educator to be published at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The journal is moving to the University of Wyoming under the editorship of Heather Duncan & Mark Stock. The current and former editorial staff members at UNLV wish to thank the National Rural Education Association for the opportunity to serve as the host for this important publication. Brief messages from the new editors and the University of Wyoming appear below.

The crisis in teacher recruitment and retention is one of the greatest challenges that school leaders face today. This challenge is compounded when you are talking about secondary teachers in rural schools. However, it is clear that there are some factors in teacher retention over which school leaders do exert considerable influence - particularly the support new teachers receive both at the school site and in the community.

The lead article in this issue provides a practical framework for teacher retention in rural schools. Beesley, Atwill, Blair, and Barley from MCREL provide insight from on how several principals have been successful in recruiting and retaining teachers in their rural schools. Next, Zost examines the importance of building resiliency in special education teachers in an effort to increase retention in rural schools.

Other articles examine issues around educating students from diverse populations. Bursuck, Robbins, and Lazaroff explore the practices of high schools as they try to address the needs of their struggling readers. Researcher Kristine Reed takes a historical look at multicultural education for the purpose of developing an approach better suited to rural schools. Finally, Stufft and Brogadir present three specific strategies to meet the challenge of educating an increasing population of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

All of the articles in this issue address important concerns and issues that face rural educators on a daily basis. More importantly, these articles offer practical and beneficial approaches that can improve the quality of education in our rural schools across the country. …

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