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To meet the changing needs of small school districts, superintendents harness community school strategies

July 21, 2022

Deer River Schools was featured as a successful example of a Full Services Community School in this Brookings article. A few years ago, we lifted up the work of local leaders to create a community hub within their school to support the whole student, above and beyond their academic needs. Read the blog here.

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A call for clear-eyed definitions of rural

July 28, 2022

What “counts” as rural depends on who you ask. And while the my-town-is-smaller-than-your-town squabble can be just a bit of fun between rival sports teams or neighboring towns, the size and classification of a community has very real dollars-and-cents impacts. A recent Center on Rural Innovation article highlighted that there are more than a dozen…

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