The Role of Technical Assistance in Turning Around Rural Schools: Lessons for ESSA Implementation
Rural areas face unique challenges when working to turn around low-performing schools, particularly when it comes to replacing principals and low-performing staff as well as engaging families and the community. Technical assistance may play a key role in overcoming these challenges. A recent study by REL Northwest of rural School Improvement Grant (SIG) grantees finds that technical assistance was related to full implementation of evidence-based practices. Join research expert Dr. Caitlin Scott from REL Northwest and a panel of rural practitioners to discuss how the experiences of rural schools who received SIG funding should inform how state education agencies, rural schools, and technical assistance providers prepare to meet the demands of school improvement efforts under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).