This article briefly discusses research on the role of rural out-migrant ELA teachers' place-connected identities on rural erasure through text selection and instructional practice. Based on the research findings, it provides resources such as an equity audit for course syllabi and classroom libraries as well as tools for finding and selecting rural young adult literature to combat rural erasure and support teachers' inclusion of critical rural perspectives in their teaching.

Author Biography

Chea Parton is a farm-girl and former rural student and English teacher. She is passionate about rural representation in books and classrooms. She currently works with preservice teachers and recently created the Literacy In Place website and Reading Rural YAL Youtube channel to support teachers and teacher educators' inclusion of rural perspectives in their teaching. An NCTE member since 2009, Chea can be reached at chea.parton@gmail.com.