Each week, NREA and the I Am A Rural Teacher Campaign share how vast rural America is. We have a great perspective from Pahrump, NV posted on our Facebook page to coincide with their 50 States highlight: facebook.com/iaartcampaign
Are you a Nevada rural teacher? We'd love to hear from you! If you're from another state, your feature is coming soon, so submit today at http://bit.ly/iaartsubmit
We are also asking rural communities to share how COVID-19 is impacting them and how teachers and teacher-leaders are adapting. You can share yours here: bit.ly/iaartcovid
Feel free to contact Hailey Winkleman, the NREA Advocacy Liaison for this campaign, at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions about submitting your story.
Minnesota schools are faced with actively responding to the spread of COVID-19. It is an ever-evolving situation with changes happening daily. MREA has compiled these resources for schools to provide support during this global coronavirus pandemic.
The Rural Community Resource Hub is an open, up-to-date resource designed to help & empower rural community leaders addressing #COVID19. It curates resources for families, students & educators and offers internet-based & also no-internet learning activities for kids: https://bit.ly/2YeQzCz
@hgse @BatesCollege #RuralMatters #COVID19
In the inaugural episode, Laura Withers and Josh Seidemann discuss the genesis of the Smart Rural Communities® program and the requirements to earn this prestigious designation. Caitlin Stoecker from NTCA member company Arvig
discusses how upgrading broadband for Pelican Rapids, Minn., improved the quality of life and economic flexibility of this Smart Rural Community, allowing residents to enjoy the small town feel of rural America and the opportunities that come with the internet speeds of a major city.
Listen and subscribe to the Smart Rural Communities Podcast to learn how rural broadband providers are bringing advanced digital infrastructure to small towns and regions, using powerful fiberoptic networks to jumpstart economic growth, ignite educational opportunities, and improve healthcare in some of America’s most remote areas.
Some commentators are predicting that this will change the way we live; one even predicts that it will “ change us as a species.” Perhaps, but in what way? We will certainly remember this time for the rest of our lives. At least briefly, we will appreciate the smaller things in life a bit more. But will it really change anything fundamentally, for the long-term? If so, how?
|New webinar! Supporting Postsecondary Transitions During COVID-19|
School closures due to the COVID-19 crisis present a hurdle for students who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary education and training. In this virtual chat, REL Appalachia and our partners will discuss logistical and nonacademic supports for keeping students on the path to postsecondary, such as supporting students and families in completing and making updates to FAFSA applications; understanding financial aid award letters and comparing costs; as well as addressing "summer melt" and providing students with social-emotional supports. Following a brief presentation, a panel will answer questions from participants and discuss resources to address current concerns.
Panel participants will include representatives from:
· National College Attainment Network (NCAN)
· College Transition Collaborative (CTC)
· Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC)
In a flash, communities across the country have found themselves dealing with the
greatest disruption to schooling—and life—in more than a generation. This learning
note draws from many conversations we’re having with schools, systems, educators,
supporters, and families. As we see daily examples of this pandemic’s cruel and
inequitable impact, we acknowledge that intellectualizing in the midst of suffering is a
privilege and risks insensitivity. However, we know that in the coming weeks and months,
school communities will face consequential decisions that will reverberate for decades.
We hope this perspective can help our field to collectively forge solutions in the interests
of expanding opportunity for ALL young people to thrive.
We believe all school communities will be faced with three core “jobs” over the coming
months and years:
Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed their schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote learning continues, summer is a question mark, and attention is already starting to turn to next fall.
Recently, governors including California's Gavin Newsom and New York's Andrew Cuomo have started to talk about what school reopening might look like. And a federal government plan for reopening, according to The Washington Post, says that getting kids back in classrooms or other group care is the first priority for getting back to normal.
This post is part of LPI's Learning in the Time of COVID-19blog series, which explores evidence-based and equity-focused strategies and investments to address the current crisis and build long-term systems capacity.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." – George Santayana
The current economic downturn will put a large number of public school teachers’ jobs at risk. How do I know this? Because it happened to us before, just 12 years ago. Between 2008 and 2010, during the Great Recession, our country lost more than 120,000 teaching positions (see figure below). The number of impacted jobs would have been even worse if not for the Federal Recovery Act, which provided $97.4 billion to our public schools. According to the U.S. Department of Education
, “Approximately 275,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors, were saved or created with Recovery Act funding
.” In other words, if the federal government had not stepped in to help our public schools, more than 395,000 education jobs would have been lost.
MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is expanding its resources to help people across the world transition to remote learning with a new free digital community for P-12 education.
The K-State College of Education's Remote Learning P-12 community
is another cyber land-grant university initiative and a place where educators and parents can share innovative ideas and resources that support student success. The online forum is open to parents, teachers, principals, superintendents and school counselors in Kansas and around the nation and world and can be accessed through K-State Global Campus
. The community can be found online at remote-learning-p-12.mn.co
|New Feature: NREA will post Rural Ed Jobs...This week's featured position.|
AJO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Ajo Unified School District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of prek-12 school principal.
Those interested in applying for the school principal, may receive an application by calling the Ajo Unified School District Office at (520)387-5618, or going to www.ajoschools.org
and printing an application. Candidates should include a resume and references as a part of an application packet. Experience as a school principal is beneficial, but not required.
Salary will be competitive with other rural school districts in Arizona.
If you have questions, please call Dr. Robert F. Dooley, Superintendent at (520)387-5618