School Business Affairs June 2019 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | JUNE 2019 43 tools and resources GRGROUP/STOCK.ADOBE.COM Ideas, resources, and tips for school business officials Rural Education, Digital Divides, Student Well-Being, and More Education in Rural Districts Rural districts will find support from several resources offered by the Consortium for School Networking: • How Leveraging Community Can Make a Difference for Rural Districts offers strat- egies for community involvement based on district goals. • Five Location-Based Challenges Rural School Districts Face: How Leveraging Technology Can Help outlines five com- mon challenges and offers examples of how rural districts have solved them using technology. • Challenges and Opportunities of Rural Districts in Taking the Digital Leap dis- cusses the challenges and opportunities of rural school districts increasing their digital technology. • Rural District Case Study: Millard County School District offers a look at one-to-one initiative in Utah. Learn more at Closing the Digital Divide “State K–12 Broadband Leadership 2019: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success,” a new report from the State Edu- cational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), provides an in-depth look at how states are closing the digital divide in education by creating networks and fund- ing grants. The report looks in detail at efforts in three states—Connecticut, Kentucky, and Minnesota—to ensure reliable, cost- effective connectivity for their districts and schools on and off campus. Access the report at uploads/2019/04/Broadband-State-Leader- ship-2019_final.pdf Promoting Positive Emotions Educators believe the emotional well-being of students is key to their academic success, according to a recent survey of 762 elemen- tary and secondary school educators across 15 countries. The survey, commissioned by Microsoft and produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit, found that 79% of educators consider positive emotions as important for academic success and half are working in school with emotional well-being policies. About 53% of schools have an explicit well-being policy in place. Other results include: • More than 80% of respondents believe students benefit from challenges they can overcome; the same percentage believe extracurricular activities have a positive effect on well-being. • More than half of teachers (64%) want to support student well-being but say they lack the resources or time; 71% think change needs to come from the leadership level. For more about “Emotion and Cognition in the Age of AI,” visit https://educationblog. national-day-of-happiness-new-research- suggests-happy-students-achieve-more. Equitable Family Engagement District leaders who are looking for strate- gies to equitably engage families in their children’s education can find real-world examples with the State Support Net- work’s report, “Strategies for Equitable Family Engagement.”Visit https://statesup- equitable-family-engagement to download the document as well as a variety of related resources.