Fox, T.; Friedrich, L., Harmon, H., McKithen, C., Phillips, A., Savell, S., Schaefer, V., & Silva, M. (September 2017). Leading Education Innovations in Rural Schools: Reflections from i3 Grantees. Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), US Department of Education. [This report was produced by the i3 Improving Rural Achievement Community.]
The Investing in Innovation (i3) Improving Rural Achievement Community, a professional learning community of grantees under the i3 program, created this document to share knowledge and experiences related to working in rural districts across the United States. Grounded in field-based experiences and lessons, it serves as a guide for researchers, non-profits, and others interested in partnering with rural districts to develop and implement innovations in K–12 schools. The i3 project directors, project teams, and project evaluators believe their experiences are important to share with the field, and hope to encourage others to pursue research opportunities in rural education. The intrinsic, professional rewards of their experiences are immeasurable, and the potential payoff of the innovation efforts for rural schools and their students in the long-term is significant. The voices of the project directors and their teams echo throughout this document; they honor the hard work of the people in the schools and districts where they were privileged to carry out their i3-funded education innovation and research.