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Rural Education Collaborative

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Join this team to engage in research and problem solving with educational systems related to issues facing rural communities in southern Idaho. Our work is rooted in leveraging the strengths and assets of local people, local landscapes, local economies, and local cultures for building rural resilience.

Experience Gained

Students will gain a better understanding of rural education in general, the issues facing Idaho systems, and the opportunities for place-based leadership and possibilities for improvement. Spring 2022 work will focus on Early Aspiration workshops in Elmore and Gooding counties, as well as research related to CSI partnership grant to address teacher shortage.

Methodologies/skills used to achieve project goals:

  • Case studies
  • Fieldwork
  • K-12 outreach and collaboration
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Structured interviewing

Majors and Interests Needed

All majors welcome and an interest in rural education issues.

VIP Coach Information

Heather Williams: Associate Professor, Department of Education
Office Location: Education Building, Room 428
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E-Mail Address:

Jared Talley: Assistant Clinical Professor, Environmental Studies
Office Number: 208-284-0000
E-Mail Address:

Want to join the team?

Please complete this interest form and you will be contacted by the faculty to learn more about their project. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register: search by Subject: “VIP”, select section with “Rural Education Collaborative” as topic name of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number