Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

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This issue is the second issue of the Rural Educator to be published at the University of Wyoming. Authors of our articles explore a diversity of topics including how rural dwellers are depicted in children's literature, networking among rural administrators, a Teammates initiative to help support rural high school students, and an exploration of rural district sexuality policies.

In the first article, Eppley explores the ways in which rural dwellers are depicted in children's literature. In the popular view, rural life is frequently associated with leading a safer, healthier, and stress-free life-style. The countryside is seen as a refuge from the 'jungle' of modern life, where communities are inclusive, close-knit, and welcoming, and where individuals lead happy, carefree lives. Stigma is one of the consequences of being identified as other, and, as Eppley notes, in picture books, rural people are often depicted as 'other' - well-meaning but unintelligent, straightforward and simple, and unaware of or uninterested in the world outside of their own surroundings. In today's world, rural, in many cases, is synonymous with poverty, low income, and unemployment. Eppley' s analysis provides an interesting research opportunity for rural educators who may want to explore with their own students, their parents, and their communities how they see rural people depicted in literature and how the rural image compares with the realities of their own rural lives.

Administrator networking within and across school districts is becoming an increasingly popular school improvement strategy. In rural areas, where there may be large distances between schools, networks provide the opportunity for building collaboration and for sharing resources. Hite, Reynolds and Hite examine the structure, content, and strategic implications of administrative networks within and across six contiguous rural school districts in the Western United States. …

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