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John D. Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership

Rural Network- A Partnership in Action

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.

The Rural Network 

  • Supports small district superintendents and their leadership teams
  • Engages us, as a network, in conversation to support and solve problems
  • Opens doors for peer observations
  • Offers helpful workshops, visits to districts, peer review and informal breakfast conversations
  • Leaders walk beside us to improve student results


Download our participation form.

Participation Form

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events



Date TBD Superintendent Breakfasts (5 per year)
Dates TBD

School Visitations:

Sanger USD, Lemoore Elem and Dinuba USD

Sanger Focus: Early Literacy and Universal Design for Learning

Feb 23-25

Exemplary Practices (EPC) Conference 

Virtual, multi-day event, $150

Guest Speakers: Alan November & Yong Zhao

PLUS daily breakouts highlighting best practices throughout the Central Valley.

Date TBD

Improvement Science Workshop

Location to be determined



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. 

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