The Middle of Somewhere

The Middle of Somewhere Rural Education Partnerships and Innovation

Edited by Sara L. Hartman and Bob Klein
paper, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: July 2023
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-786-2
Price: $36.00

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Highlights innovative partnership practices that help create educational opportunities for students in rural schools across the United States.

As editors Sara L. Hartman and Bob Klein acknowledge, rural places have long experienced systemic inequities that decrease rural students' access to education, yet many rural schools and communities have found creative means to make up for the dearth of outside resources. The Middle of Somewhere brings to light a wide variety of partnerships that have been forged between K–12 schools, communities, and postsecondary institutions to improve educational access. 


This volume highlights the unique opportunities rural communities, rural schools, rural universities, and regional providers have to establish partnerships to give all rural stakeholders a seat at the table to improve their communities. The spotlight of stories of challenge and success becomes the blueprint for regional change. — Allen Pratt, executive director, National Rural Education Association

Hartman and Klein have assembled a coherent set of work that comprehends and affirms the assets that rural context offers. This book has much to teach us all—not just in terms of the findings presented by the editors and the contributing chapter authors, but in terms of how to do authentically rural research that can produce actionable results that impact schools and communities. — Jerry Johnson, Phoebe Moore Dail Distinguished Professor in Rural Education, East Carolina University

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About the Editors

Sara L. Hartman is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University. Her research focuses on school-community-university partnerships, particularly in examining how partnerships impact access and opportunity in rural educational settings. Bob Klein has worked in inclusive mathematics education for two decades, specializing in rural and Indigenous education. He is co-director of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles and professor of mathematics and former dean at Ohio University.

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