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Rural Network- A Partnership in Action


Rural Network - Join Us!

In 2008, the Welty Center formed our first network- the Rural Schools Network. The ultimate goal of the Rural Network is to positively impact student learning outcomes and eliminate historic achievement gaps.

The Rural Schools Network offers small districts a variety of resources - collegial engagement, leadership experience, cutting edge practices, emerging research, and faculty expertise - to support rural superintendents as they pursue high priority initiatives and problems of practice.

The network engages rural Superintendents in professional learning and networking focused on innovative ideas, improving achievement, and closing the achievement gap.

Rural Network 2020-2021 Events Information

Download Rural Network  Participation Form


Resources for Ed Leaders

Daily Updates on Education and COVID-19  by Ed  Source

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for CA School Programs

CDE Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools (Issued June 8)

CCEE Distance Learning Resources

Khan Academy FREE Lessons, Units and Reviews (P-12)

Teaching Digitally (click on individual resources to access links)

Fresno County OE Distance Learning Resources

How Will COVID-19 Affect Afterschool Spending?

ACSA School Reopening Report (Issued May 28)


 Continuity of Learning

Continuity of Learning Playbook 

A Guide for Districts Combating COVID-19 Challenges

A practical guide to support LEAs make evidence-based decisions and implement best practices to accelerate student learning whether it is implemented as an on-site, remote, or hybrid model

Supporting the development of comprehensive plans to support flexible teaching and learning in this new environment,  The Playbook provides tools and resources to support communication/family engagement, effective scheduling, staff engagement and professional learning, assessment of needs and progress, considerations for accessing school- and community-wide programs and resources, integrating social emotional learning and trauma-informed supports, and specific supports for English learners, and students with disabilities. 

Distance Learning Playbook (Access here)

Hybrid Learning Playbook (Access here)


Mind the Gaps: Planning Now to Target Learning Gaps Next Fall

Session 1.  Designing a Master Schedule to Target Learning Gaps Next Fall
Session 2: Yes We Can and We Must: A Proactive Approach to Minding the Gap
Session 3: Transforming Assessment Practices in Unprecedented Times to Ensure Student Success


Back to School in the Era of COVID-19: Uncertainties, Complexities, and Emerging Plans-Articles to Explore

School Year Planning:  A Guide to Address COVIS-19 Related Challenges. District  considerations and options for or health/safety protocols, in-person and remote learning, and much more.
Social and Emotional Support in Distance Learning.
Guidance and resources  (K–12) to provide social and emotional supports during distance learning.
How the Best Leaders Are Using This Time To Be Successful in the Future.  Use "Grind Time" to invest in relationships, innovation and new skills.
Recovery and renewal... Past Crisis. Principles for advancing public education post-crisis outlines a set of principles to focus when considering returning to school- inequities, change and improvement.
The Return: Prepare for Reentry and Beyond.   Offers practical advice on reopening schools, with a focus on teaching, learning, and the logistics of an adjusted school schedule.
What if we…don’t return to school as usual?  Re-imagine an education system that serves all, not just some. 
Flip your students’ learning.  Guidance and examples of how technology and face-to-face learning can be combined to move toward a more student-centered approach to instruction
How to Contend with Pandemic Learning Loss.  Outlines 6 priorities for student learning when school resumes, including filling in learning gaps with high impact supports and keeping students on-track for their grade level without repeating material from prior year.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.  Now more than ever, adults and children will need to develop, grow, and rely on their social and emotional skills to navigate the effects of COVID-19 and the transition back to in-person schooling.
Leadership in a Crisis. Responding to COVID-19 and future challenges.  Lays out 5 practices that can help leaders respond effectively through the uncertainty of the pandemic and beyond
5 Principles of High Reliability Organizationswhen leading through crisis. Leaders of any organization survive and thrive during challenges because they are prepared.
COVID-19 and Student Learning in the United States: The Hurt Could Last a Lifetime.  A data-driven analysis of potential lasting repercussions of the current situation as we prepare students for their future- social, emotionally, academically, work and life.



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