The Rural Schools Association of New York


This is an annotated list of resources relevant to rural schools:

What Works Clearinghouse (from website: ) The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. We focus on the results from high-quality research to answer the question “What works in education?”  

The Aspen Institute: Education (from website): The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world’s most complex problems. But the goal of these convenings is to have an impact beyond the conference room. They are designed to provoke, further and improve actions taken in the real world.

Bargaining for Better Schools: A Research and Public Policy Dialogue Project (from website):    The Bargaining for Better Schools (BBS) project is a multi-year research and public policy project on the state of labor-management relations in New York State schools. Our goal is to provide multiple forums for dialogue and learning among school administration and union leaders, concerned citizens and policy makers, supported with accurate and up-to-date information and data on the relationships between employment practices and school improvement.

U.S. Government Accountability Office, Education 

Rural Law Center of New York (from website): The Rural Law Center is the only legal services program in New York State whose mission is to serve the legal needs of individuals and families living in the state’s 44 rural counties. We want this website to be useful and easy to access for everyone, especially for the people we serve, but also for our partners in the legal community and in human service agencies.  

Rural Health Information Hub: Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health  (from website):   This guide will help you locate and fairly and accurately use statistics and data in order to:

  • Understand rural health needs and rural/urban disparities,

  • Communicate rural health needs, and

  • Inform decision-making related to service delivery and policy

Rural and Migrant Ministry (from website):  Since 1981 Rural & Migrant Ministry, a statewide, non-profit organization, has been standing proudly with the rural and migrant communities throughout New York.

We act to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity to all.

We work with rural leaders, both young and older, who are committed to equality and cooperative opportunity, especially within agricultural systems. We also support people in faith, labor and university communities who seek to stand with rural leaders as allies.