The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the many existing inequalities in education systems across the world. Not all children have easy access to educational online resources or digital technologies, a situation more amplified in rural contexts where access, connectivity and affordability play a significant factor. This qualitative account reveals examples of how rural school leaders were able to find innovative ways early in the COVID-19 pandemic to address the remote learning needs of their students and families. This paper shares in-the-moment experiences of rural principals, and those who supported them, in quickly transitioning to address student needs when school buildings closed. Support actions of regional and state education agencies are also described. Principals’ schools are located in rural areas of Kansas, Pennsylvania and Queensland, Australia. Principals’ attention to place and teacher capacity enabled students and families to access educational offerings and supports in new ways.
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In-the-Moment Experiences of Rural School Principals in the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Rural Educator, 43(2), 47-59.