Rural Education: A Review of Provincial and Territorial Initiatives (2009)

This study looks at the progress being made in overcoming the challenges that Manitoba’s rural schools face, and at initiatives undertaken by rural schools in other parts of Canada. It is based on an analysis of prior works on rural education, along with interviews with key players in the field.

The author concludes that the provinces and territories that have been most innovative in supporting rural education share a number of characteristics. They have clearly articulated a strategic vision that focuses specifically on rural issues; committed resources to the development of an information and communication technologies infrastructure; focused on developing incentives and initiatives to recruit, retain, and develop teachers and administrators in rural communities; designed funding structures that recognize the wide range of needs in rural areas; encouraged innovation; and developed a variety of partnerships among departments and other organizations.

Quality education in Manitoba's rural and remote schools still requires additional effort, the author notes. However, that effort will be supported greatly by the already existing energy and commitment to nurture local leadership and quality education; the Manitoba government’s designation of rural education as a priority; and the wealth of policy and practical innovations found in other jurisdictions.

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Dawn C. Wallin. Rural Education: A Review of Provincial and Territorial Initiatives 2009. Web. 9 Mar. 2021 <>
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