Rural schools could get a boost from personalized learning programs as they strive to meet unique challenges and help students succeed, according to new research.

Attracting and retaining highly-effective educators, transporting students to and from school, and keeping pace with technology’s ever-changing nature are persistent challenges for rural schools, as outlined in A Guidebook for Success: Strategies for Implementing Personalized Learning in Rural Schools, released by Future Ready Schools (FRS).

But rural schools also have strengths, most notably strong and tight-knit communities, and these close relationships can help support personalized learning models in schools.

Personalized learning is important for rural schools, the report says, because it “provides opportunities for students that often are not available in many rural districts. With its focus on individual learning and the use of emerging technologies, personalized learning helps to transcend many of the limitations confronting rural students, such as geography and limited course opportunity and access.”

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