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UV to participate in Harvard University study on rural schools
Unadilla Valley CSD will be one of 60 schools in New York and Ohio that will participate in a Harvard University Study on rural schools.

The study by the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks will help these districts develop strategies to reduce absenteeism and improve college readiness and college enrollment.

“Unadilla Valley has made strides in recent years to reduce absenteeism and better prepare our students for their futures. This opportunity will build on those efforts and help ensure we are able to effectively provide our students with an education that will equip them with the skills and knowledge for success in college and careers after they graduate,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said. “I’m also excited to learn how to more effectively measure the effectiveness of interventions we implement to have a positive impact on chronic absenteeism going forward.”
 
NCRERN will produce tools for identifying students most at risk for absenteeism and being unprepared for college as well as change management resources designed to guide rural schools in addressing chronic absenteeism, college readiness, and college enrollment. Throughout the five years, the Center’s member districts will collaborate on shared challenges, learning from each other to guide future work on school improvement. 

“The network brings together our expertise in strategic management and analytics and our partners’ expertise in supporting rural students,” says Bi Vuong, Proving Ground director and NCRERN interim director. “We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with districts committed to learning with us and sharing their expertise with each other.” 

Applicants were chosen based on alignment between the district’s strategic goals and the work of the Center, capacity to utilize data for decision making, commitment to continuous improvement practices, and geographic distribution. In addition to Unadilla Valley, the following districts from New York will join the rural education center: 

Andover Central School District; Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District; Broadalbin-Perth Central School District; Canastota Central School District; Cato-Meridian Central School District; Crown Point Central School; Fallsburg Central School District; Fredonia Central School District; Gouverneur Central School District; Gowanda Central School District; Greenville Central School District; Hammondsport Central School; Harpursville Central School District; LaFayette Central School District; Lyndonville Central School District; Mexico Central School District; Monticello Central School District; Pulaski Academy & Central School District; Randolph Central School District; Salmon River Central School District; Sandy Creek Central School District; Sharon Springs Central School District; Sherman Central School District; Susquehanna Valley Central School District; Taconic Hills Central School District; Thousand Islands Central School District; Webutuck Central School District; Wells Central School District; Windsor Central School District

"The districts selected to be part of the National Center for Rural Education Research Network deserve congratulations," said Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy. "Their selection represents a uniquely valuable opportunity for them to bring the power of evidence and the Proving Ground improvement model to bear on some of the most pressing issues facing rural districts including chronic absenteeism and college readiness and enrollment.  I look forward to learning alongside our districts as they work to improve student outcomes together."
 
NCRERN is planning to expand this initial network of rural schools to three additional states. The five-year initiative is funded by a $10 million federal grant. 
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