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Why Do Rural Schools in Tennessee Offer Online and Distance Learning Courses—and What Barriers Do They Face in Doing So?

A survey by REL Appalachia at CNA of high schools of the Southwest Tennessee Rural Education Cooperative (12 mostly rural districts surrounding Memphis) offers insights into online and distance learning in rural areas.
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About REL Appalachia

REL Appalachia serves Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. REL Appalachia is one of 10 federal Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). We partner with regionally-based research alliances made up of schools, districts, and state departments of education to conduct research on K-12 education. We share the results with educators and help them put this new knowledge to work for students.

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Upcoming events from our partners around the region and other RELs:

October 13, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar: What Are “High-Flying” Districts for English Learner Students?
REL Northeast & Islands

October 13, 2015, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Webinar: Reporting on Teacher Preparation Program Performance: A Look at State Approaches
REL Central

October 15, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar: Coherent and Comprehensive Assessment Systems for College and Career Readiness
REL Northeast & Islands

October 19, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
In-Person Event: What Do We Do When Middle School Students Can't Read the Text? Can't Solve the Math Problem?
REL Appalachia

October 22, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar: Building Educators’ Understanding of Early Mathematics to Promote Students’ Later Mathematics Success
REL West

October 29, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar: Effective Literacy Interventions
REL Mid-Atlantic

November 12, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST
Webinar: Effective Instruction of English Learners
REL Mid-Atlantic