Rural school districts face unique challenges in procuring funds, recruiting staff, and obtaining high-quality technical assistance. This environment creates challenges in implementing best practices, including in mathematics instruction.
A collaborative learning network can address these challenges by providing access to professional development, collaborative time with peer districts, and economies of scale. Pivot Learning designed the Rural Professional Learning Network (RPLN) to address this need and partnered with the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) in the 2016–2017 school year to pilot the program.
In this seminar, based on a recent PACE report, Dr. Tom Timar, Executive Director, California Institute for School Improvement, Nicodemus Ford, Senior Program Manager, Pivot Learning, and leaders from El Dorado County Office of Education will discuss lessons learned from a rural network in El Dorado County. For future networks, we recommend:
- a shared network focus paired with site-specific work;
- multiple, strategic opportunities to learn best practice;
- intentional community and culture building;
- a strong facilitator or hub, at least until the network is fully formed; and
- a shared, data-driven improvement process