Echoes of Rural Teachers Heard by Researchers at UW-Madison

May 25, 2017

From the Dodgeville Chronicle:

Out of the 424 school districts in Wisconsin, 233 are considered “rural,” 95 are “town,” 79 are “suburban” and 17 are considered “urban.” Yet little information is known about those “rural” school districts by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and School of Education.

“What if?” Robert Mathieu, director of WCER told a large group of stakeholders at the first Teacher Speakout!, held on the UW campus last Monday. “What if we had rural teachers come and speak to us about
what they do?”

“This is a big change for us,” he added. “WCER doesn’t have a strong portfolio in rural research. But that’s going to change.”

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