• • Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho •

• Exploring the Successes and Challenges of Rural Education •

About The Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho (ROCI)

ROCI brings together some of the nation’s best thinkers to conduct research on the challenges of rural education, such as hiring leaders and teachers, migration, economic development, and post-secondary success. Our goal is to inform the national body of work on rural education and explore its implications for increasing educational attainment and economic competitiveness of Idahoans and other Americans who live and work in rural communities. ROCI is an initiative of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, a private family foundation based in Boise, Idaho.


Webinar: The Long Road Toward Equal Educational Opportunity for Rural Hispanic Students

If you didn’t already know, Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing group of students in U.S. rural schools. Idaho’s population is one of the fastest growing in the nation. And, sadly, there are major disparities in the education outcomes of minority students versus their white peers. For example, only 1/3 as many Hispanics as white students are proficient in reading and that divide continues to deepen as they get older. By 10th grade, 41% are less than proficient in reading.

Op-Ed: Narrowing the Hispanic-White Education Gap in Rural Idaho

Agricultural labor demand has, for many years, spurred immigration and ongoing demographic change in Idaho rural communities and nationwide. The population of Hispanic Idahoans will increase from 12 percent to 20 percent by 2030. All Idahoans have a stake in educational opportunity for Hispanic students. However, the Gem State is not meeting their needs.

Webinar: The Supply and Demand for Rural Teachers

The Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho hosted a webinar on March 18 on the Supply and demand for rural teachers. In his recently published white paper, available on www.rociidaho.org, Dr. Daniel Player looks at the constraints and challenges rural schools face when it comes to competition for highly talented teachers.

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