NREA Weekly Update: August 11th, 2023

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empowers educators and students alike with the tools they need to access,
utilize, and benefit from digital resources in a seamless and inclusive manner. By removing
barriers to access, Olivia aims to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to thrive in
the digital age and reach their full potential. 
 Technologies (“Olivia”) is thrilled to announce the launch of the “” in Texas. This groundbreaking solution is aimed at addressing the persistent challenge of ’ access to digital resources. Building upon the successful deployment in West Sabine ISD, Olivia continues to tackle this issue head-on, starting with the state of Texas, where 1.7 million K-12 students currently face barriers to equitable educational experiences due to limited digital access.
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is in search of contractor to support the grant-funded Creating Portraits of Community program. The position is full-time and remote or hybrid work is possible.
The selected contractor will manage and facilitate a project committed to engaging rural students and teachers through community portraiture and collecting oral histories. Travel to rural schools in Kansas and Kentucky is anticipated.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will be accepting quotes through to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on August 31, 2023.
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Upcoming Events & Opportunites:
Save-the-date! Rural Schools Collaborative will be accepting applications beginning August 15th for the
The Fellows Program awards innovative rural teachers within each of , each year, to carry out a place-based education project. Grants are awarded to projects that will take place in the current school year.
Join CMS for a Series of Medicaid and CHIP Renewals Webinars Focused on Reaching Out to Special Populations in August 2023 - Thursday, August 24th: Reaching Rural Populations
Join the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Renewals webinars focused on special populations. This webinar series will provide partners with strategies to reach out to diverse communities and audiences to share information about Medicaid and CHIP renewals. Each webinar will also include a “train-the-trainer” presentation, during which CMS will walk-through a set of downloadable slides that partners can use to educate others in their communities about Medicaid and CHIP renewals. Please send all questions to

The recordings, transcripts, and slide decks from the previous webinars can be found on the

When: Thursday, August 24th: Reaching Rural Populations
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Where: Zoom link will be provided following registration.
Who should attend: If you or your organization serves or interacts with people with Medicaid or CHIP, then these calls are for YOU!
Call for proposals are currently being accepted for the. The E-Summit is scheduled for December 6 & 7th, noon to 5p.m. EST each day. The Rural Library Summit will focus on how libraries move cradle-to-career outcomes in rural places across this nation. -- "Making Space To Tell Your Story"
The goals of the E-Summit are to: 
  • Celebrate rural libraries and practitioners for the critical work in our rural communities, 
  • Connect and convene rural library practitioners committed to moving outcomes for rural children and youth, 
  • Provide an opportunity for networking and sharing best and promising practices, and
  • Drive resources and opportunities to rural libraries focused on accelerating outcomes for rural children and youth.  
If you are interested in presenting at this year's E-Summit, submit your proposal by Sept. 15. Click to complete and submit your Rural Library Network E-Summit proposal!
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