NREA Weekly Updates: April 1st, 2022

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2022 NFARE Sponsorship Opportunities
We are seeking partnerships with sponsors who share our vision and commitment. Together, with your investment, we will be able to offer rural educators a dynamic and impactful professional learning and networking experience. 
We are a team of rural scholars working on a nationwide project sponsored by the Spencer Foundation focused on Chartering a Spatially Just and Equitable Rural Education Research Agenda. We are seeking diverse voices in rural education and seeking to identify potential interviewees for this project. If you are interested in participating, please contact Alex Red Corn ( or Loni Crumb ( We would also appreciate making connections with teachers, administrators, community members, or scholars who might be interested in participating. 
We’d appreciate your willingness to join in rural advocacy!
Teachers College Record's: Rural Ed Interactive Book Talk
Teachers College Record's: Rural Ed Interactive Book Talk
We will host the first book talk of the Spring 2022 semester on Tuesday, April 5th from 3 pm-4 pm EST. Authors Dr. Caitlin Howley & Dr. Sam Redding of Cultivating Rural Education: A People-Focused Approach for States, chapter author Dr. Jennifer Seelig, and the book reviewer Dr. Kathleen Randolph, will engage in a conversation about the importance of rural education in the current educational landscape and discuss the process of writing a book review.
This event will be co-sponsored by AERA Rural Ed SIG.

As part of the journal’s participatory approach to education, we bring together the academic community – faculty, students, youth, parents, practitioners, and community members. Since the National Rural Education Association supports rural education, I believe this event is especially relevant and would be of interest to your community.

You will find a flyer for the event, a promotional image for Twitter/ Instagram, and the accessible text-only version of the event details attached to this email. We would be excited to have you join us, and grateful if you could share the event through your various channels and digital media platforms.

Interested attendees can RSVP here. The book review can be found here, and the book is available for purchase on Amazon here.
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From far-flung island communities in New England and Alaska to Appalachia and the Ozarks, from the Mississippi Delta and middle American farm county to native and tribal lands, rural education can look different in and across each state. While there is rarely a one-size-fits-all solution in education more generally, this may be even more true in the case of rural settings. The highly varied cultural, historical, and geographical contexts of rural communities means that the challenges and opportunities facing them are equally nuanced. This report by the i4tl Center for Research and Innovation (C4RI), Partnering for Rural Student Success: Best Practices for K-12 Districts and State Virtual Schools, looks at how ten different state virtual school programs and rural schools and districts are working together to support improved outcomes for students, schools, communities, and teachers.
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The NATIONAL SIGNATURE PROJECT AWARD is awarded annually to an outstanding and innovative classroom project that exemplifies the very best in rural, place-based education. The National Signature Project Award is open to any rural classroom teacher in the United States, and it is jointly funded by the Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) and the National Rural Education Association (NREA).

The grant application deadline is FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022 by 11:59 P.M.
The maximum award is $2,500. PLEASE NOTE: We recognize that your project could be subject to change due to Covid-19, and that is okay. Conceptual proposals are fine at this time, and, if needed, we will work with the Award recipient to move forward to highlight their work. 

In addition to the maximum award of $2,500, The Rural Schools Collaborative and National Rural Education Association will compensate both the awardee's travel and registration fees for their attendance to The 2022 National Forum to Advance Rural Education - happening in Green Bay, Wisconsin October 20-21, 2022. 
Place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns. We hope you will consider submitting an application to this program.
RSC & NREA: Rural Teacher Job Board
The College of Education at Frostburg State University (FSU)
The College of Education at Frostburg State University (FSU) seeks applications for a full-time, exempt contingent II Senior Research Associate for the continuation of a 5-year grant-funded position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Responsibilities: The Senior Research Associate will be involved with the daily operations of Maryland Accelerates grant activities, including curriculum/assessment development and execution, career ladders development, data analysis, and reporting. Additionally, the position will be involved the implementation of teacher residency experiences, professional development activities, grant management, and reporting to ensure project goals are achieved. Strong organizational and writing skills are critical for the successful candidate, as are clear communication skills, problem-solving skills, and adaptability. The position will require managing multiple priorities and working directly with the Project Investigator (PI), Project Managers, College of Education faculty, Teacher Resident candidates, elementary and secondary coordinators, education leaders, and personnel from partner school districts in Western Maryland. Limited travel within Western Maryland and nationally to conferences may be required.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 3 years minimum experience with data collection, research, assessment, and/or data analysis is required; Past work experience with data collection and reporting. Experience managing or supporting grants or research projects, understanding and demonstrating skills in up-to-date technology and data analytics to inform educational decision-making.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s Degree
Term of Employment: 4/20/2022 – 9/30/2023
About the University: A member institution of the University System of Maryland, Frostburg State University is a public, comprehensive, largely residential regional university offering programs in the sciences, education, business, the arts, and humanities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. FSU prides itself on being a dynamic, learning-centered institution that emphasizes teaching with opportunities for professional development and research. More than 5,000 students enrolled yearly.
About the Area: FSU is located on a scenic 260-acre campus in the mountains of Western Maryland, a region rich in history, quaint shopping areas, and eclectic cafes and food choices. The Western Maryland region is considered to be a four-season outdoor mecca of recreational experiences offering activities such as hiking, mountain biking, water sports, snow skiing/boarding, golfing, climbing, etc. Frostburg offers a family-friendly college town feel with easy access to major cities like Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, and Baltimore. If you are looking for insightful colleagues, energetic students, and a great place to work and call home in a region with unlimited adventure-seeking opportunities, FSU is for you!
To Apply:
If you wish to apply, please visit Along with your application, please provide the following: 1) a resume; 2) a cover letter specifically addressing the requirements in this advertisement, and 3) names and contact information for three professional references.
For assurance of full consideration, please submit materials by 4/11/2022
Frostburg State University (FSU) has made the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at FSU, you will be required to comply with FSU’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the time of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.
FSU is proud to be a diverse and inclusive multicultural university.
Frostburg State University welcomes and encourages women, veterans, and minorities to apply and seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. FSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Appropriate auxiliary aids and services for qualified individuals with disability will be provided upon request. Please notify us in advance. 
Grounded in Relationships of Support: Indigenous Teacher Mentorship in the Rural West
Grounded in Relationships of Support: Indigenous Teacher Mentorship in the Rural West
This article explores the power of Indigenous teacher mentorship as essential to address “the change in point of view” long called for in Indigenous education. Drawing from a longitudinal, ethnographic study of an Indigenous teacher education program in a predominantly rural, high-need region, we examine the basic questions: What do Indigenous master teachers uniquely bring to teacher education? In what ways do Indigenous master teachers support the development of socially, culturally, linguistically, and place-responsive teachers? Using the theoretical frameworks of Tribal Critical Race Theory (TribalCrit) and situated learning, our findings elucidate the importance of Indigenous mentorship for re-membering and re-claiming Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies, and axiologies in relational and intergenerational learning—practices that interrupt coloniality in teacher education and school leadership. Discussion of Indigenous teacher mentorship centers on the importance of relationships between people and place in teaching and learning and asks educators and school leaders to conceptualize Indigenous teacher education as a long-term project of tribal nation-building and community wellbeing.
Recommended Citation
Anthony-Stevens, V., Moss, I., Jacobson, A., Boysen-Taylor, R., & Campbell-Daniels, S. (2022). Grounded in Relationships of Support: Indigenous Teacher Mentorship in the Rural West. The Rural Educator, 43(1), 88-104.
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A Historic Opportunity: Maximizing Federal Programs to Permanently Eliminate the Digital Divide
A Historic Opportunity: Maximizing Federal Programs to Permanently Eliminate the Digital Divide
In case you missed it, don’t forget to register for the upcoming Connect Americans Now (CAN) virtual discussion on April 7th at 10 a.m. ET with leaders in education, health care, rural issues, and technology on why every American community needs access to an affordable, reliable broadband connection and the digital devices and skills necessary for success in the 21st-century economy and classroom — and how policymakers can act to maximize the positive impact of federal programs recently created to eliminate the digital divide.
You can register here and learn more about this virtual event below.
We hope you can join us. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Jon Conradi
Connect Americans Now


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