Challenges and Opportunities of Rural Districts in Taking the Digital Leap

CoSN asked the question of 30 CTO’s and Superintendents in rural districts:  What are your challenges and opportunities?
 
The top four challenges were:
  1. Broadband Access
  2. Funding
  3. People
  4. Understanding the “Why”
 
Opportunities exist at the same time.  Rural districts have unique opportunities due to their smaller size.  They are often more nimble and leadership has more ownership of the schools. Rural districts often have community involvement. Teacher retention is strong – often teachers in the town were once students at those same schools.