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rootEd Alliance: One Path to Erasing the Rural Counselor Shortage

The rootED Alliance is working to counteract the lack of counselors in rural schools nationwide: forty-eight states are above the recommended ratio of having one for every 250 students, according to the American School Counselor Association. 

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rootEd
  • #Education
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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Job Seekers with Associate Degrees Likely to Benefit from Short-Term Credentials

Many states, including Texas, have recently created initiatives that prioritize short-term credentials—postsecondary programs that take fewer than two years to complete. These initiatives are often designed as an alternative to college and targeted to students who do not have a four-year degree.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • #Education
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Trellis Foundation: Policy Summit 2024 Recap

The Trellis Foundation's third biennial postsecondary policy summit in Austin, TX, on April 19, 2024, delved into mental health and wellbeing as a strategy for student success.

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Trellis Foundation
  • #Education
  • #Health
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Education and Workforce Transformation in Rural Communities Webinar Series

Join Jobs for the Future for a webinar series focused on innovative and promising practices for pathways, education, and workforce development in rural communities. Each 50-minute webinar will provide actionable and equitable strategies that support inclusive economic development and economic advancement for rural residents.

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Jobs for the Future
  • #Education
  • #Workforce & Economic Development
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School Finance Toolkit from Raise Your Hand Texas

Raise Your Hand Texas supports public policy solutions that invest in Texas’ 5.4 million public school students. This bilingual toolkit includes videos on school financing that answers questions about Texas school funding, how Texas schools spend their money, and more.

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Raise Your Hand Texas
  • #Education
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Collegiate Edu-Nation Announces Historic Partnership with Texas A&M University System to Tackle Rural One Health Crisis 

This initiative aims to address the critical One Health Crisis in rural areas of Texas and create a sustainable solution through education and community development.

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Collegiate Edu-Nation
  • #Education
  • #Health
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Greenlights Grant Initiative

Greenlights Grant Initiative provides tailored and free resources to assist nationwide school districts access school safety grants.

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Greenlights Grants Initative
  • #Education
  • #Health
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All Eyes on Texas: Community Colleges Focus on Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow

This new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas examines how the Texas economy is changing and, with it, the state’s need for education and training.

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Dallas Fed
  • #Education
  • #Health
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Marfa Students Cultivate Vertical Farming Skills with Classroom Lessons, Village Farms Tour

Marfa students are immersing themselves in the world of vertical farming, blending classroom instruction with firsthand experiences on village farms.

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Big Bend Sentinel
  • #Agriculture & Food
  • #Education
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Empower Schools

Empower Schools is a nonprofit that partners with communities to develop sustainable solutions that improve student success at school and in life.

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Empower Schools
  • #Education
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Rural Community College Excellence: A Guide to Delivering Strong Opportunity for Students and Communities

The guide draws from several sources: data analyses of student outcomes, interviews with college leaders, virtual site visits to high-performing rural colleges, in-person site visits to rural colleges as part of the Aspen Prize process, and convenings of leaders of rural colleges.

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College Excellence Program
  • #Education
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Postsecondary National Policy Institute: Rural Students in Higher Education

This resource from Postsecondary National Policy Institute offers data on rural student enrollment in higher education.

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Postsecondary National Policy Institute
  • #Education
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Resources for Rural Students: STARS Network

STARS College Network provides resources for students to understand college costs, guides to admissions processes, and offers a community platform.

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STARS Network
  • #Education
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Scaling Dual Enrollment in Rural Communities

This case study examines how three rural schools in Texas addressed three challenges rural schools face.

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Jobs for the Future
  • #Education
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Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation Updates

Uvalde CISD enters the final stretch of the Uvalde Moving Forward campaign to fund the design and construction of Uvalde's new elementary school, with updates to share.

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Uvalde CISD
  • #Education
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Free Books for Rural Students through Books Beginning at Birth

Books Beginning at Birth is a statewide program that provides young children and their families with free to books and resources to support the development of early literacy skills and foster a love of reading.

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BookSpring
  • #Arts & Humanities
  • #Education
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Submit Public Comments: US Dept. of Education Advisory Committees

The Southwest Regional Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Education will provide input on federal technical assistance priorities will be reviewing public comments along with other data and resources as part of a needs-sensing process, and they want to hear from you!

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U.S. Department of Education
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Mapping Community College Finance Systems to Develop Equitable and Effective Finance Policy

For community colleges to reach their full potential as drivers of prosperity and equity, states must create strong, stable, coherent finance systems that enable and incentivize colleges to better meet pressing state interests and student needs.

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HCM Strategies
  • #Capacity Building
  • #Education
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Operation Connectivity

Operation Connectivity formed to connect Texas's 5.5 million public scchool students with an e-learning device and reliable internet sufficient for learning.

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Texas Rural Funders
  • #Broadband
  • #Education
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United Ways of Texas

United Ways in Texas fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

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United Ways of Texas
  • #Education
  • #Health
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Association of Rural Communities in Texas

ARCIT serves small cities and counties in Texas. It offers a strong voice and resource to state and federal government to promote the best practices, policies and programs for rural and small communities, while enhancing the quality of life for all Texans.

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Association of Rural Communities in Texas
  • #Community Development
  • #Education
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Texas OnCourse

Texas OnCourse Academy offers webinars, tools, and resources to encourage family engagement in schools.

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Texas OnCourse
  • #Education
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Rural Collaboration Toolkit

Toolkit from Empower Schools offering in-depth resources to ensure rural student and community success.

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Empower Schools
  • #Education
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Rural Matters

Podcast about rural education, business, and health with a mission to increase awareness and expand dialogue on the most important issues facing rural stakeholders.

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Rural Matters
  • #Education
  • #Health
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What Does Being a Rural Teacher Mean to You?

Video featuring rural teachers talking about what being a rural teaching means to them. Created by the National Rural Education Association and Rural Schools Collaborative.

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National Rural Education Association
  • #Education
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Rural Transportation: R.E.A.L Transportation

News story about the Rural Economic Assistance League providing free transportation for rural communities to and from college campuses in the Coastal Bend region.

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KIII News
  • #Education
  • #Transportation