NREA Weekly Updates: October 1st, 2021

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New Requirements for In-Person Attendees
—As of September 30, 2021—
As we continue to monitor at the local level and with the event venue, we have updated our health and safety requirements for in-person attendees to include:

Proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test was taken within three days prior to attending the conference on November 11-12.
  • To show proof of vaccination, please bring your vaccination card or provide a digital image of your vaccination card (picture from your phone), or you may use a digital vaccine passport (via a phone app).
  • To show proof of a negative test result, please write the day and time of when your test was taken on the test card, sign it, and take a photo with your phone. You can show your photo upon registration. Please take the test within 72 hours of event registration on November 11-12.

In addition, masks must be worn indoors during the conference, except while eating or drinking. Disposable masks will be available onsite.
While local and hotel requirements may differ for vaccinated attendees, the conference planning team has made the decision to expand our requirements for all attendees. We believe that taking these extra steps is the best way to keep everyone safe and healthy while we gather in person. We will continue to monitor all local and national requirements and will modify any of our requirements accordingly.
Not Quite Ready to Attend in Person?
If you’re not quite ready to attend in person, the virtual format is another great way to access live and on-demand content, and virtually connect with other attendees and presenters. Voluntary changes from in-person to virtual attendance must also be made by October 31. Please refer to our cancellation policy for additional details. 
Your Patience is Appreciated
For in-person attendees, we also ask that you continue to extend patience to our planning team, hotel staff, and others. With extra health and safety measures in place, some event experiences, such a check-in and meal services may take longer than usual. Please extend your patience and kindness to everyone during your time in Indianapolis.
 Excited to have Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent in Residence at Discovery Education, one of our 2021 National Forum to Advance Rural Education keynote speakers. Listen to her recent podcast interview on #equity in rural life. Mark your calendar for Nov. 11-12 in Indy or online. Learn more and register at LINK
KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship (KLDF)
KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship (KLDF)
At KIPP, we empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals. KIPP is looking for applicants for its eighth KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship (KLDF), an eight-month program designed for senior leaders of public-school districts, charter school systems, and leadership training organizations to provide intensive training on KIPP’s leadership development model.
Here are seven facts you should know about the program:
  1. Participants learn about a variety of innovative school leadership models around the country through small group learning and join a cohort of reform-minded education leaders through three summits and four design days.
  2. Participants explore effective practices in creating a leadership pipeline, selecting talented candidates, and developing leaders. And participants also learn about being leaders for racial equity and designing equitable and inclusive systems through formal programming components and cohort experiences.
  3. The program is fully paid for by the KIPP Foundation. For any in-person events, the KIPP Foundation will also pay for 2 nights of hotel and round trip flights (up to $400) per participant, per summit.
  4. Over 350 leaders from more than 136 organizations serving over 11.8 million children have participated in KLDF to-date.
  5. One hundred percent of 2021 fellows said their experience was an “effective leadership development opportunity” and that they “would recommend the program to others.”
  6. Two applicants from each organization need to apply jointly and commit to engaging with the entire fellowship experience. KIPP is looking for public-school districts, charter management organizations (CMOs), and school leadership training organizations that want to infuse racial equity into organizational culture and leadership development and improve the selection and development of their leaders.
  7. Apply Now! The last day we will accept letters of interest is October 8. Send a letter of interest to All applications must be submitted by November 12. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance on a rolling basis but will be informed no later than November 19.
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Announcing the Career Training for Everyone (CTE) Grant
Announcing the Career Training for Everyone (CTE) Grant
A Rural and Small Schools Career Technical Education Grant for the 2021-2022 School Year
Digital learning presents an opportunity to advance the career prospects of students attending rural and small schools. High-quality career training courses and programs can help prepare students for high-wage, high-skills, in-demand careers. Rural and small schools, however, face a number of challenges that are sometimes unique or exacerbated by their remote geography or small size– among them are course access and tight budgets.
Core-LX is pleased to announce the Career Training for Everyone (CTE) Grant – A Rural and Small Schools Career Technical Education Grant for the 2021-2022 School Year.
Purpose: The Career Training for Everyone (CTE) Grant Program is designed to support rural and small schools as they innovate career learning and instruction, helping students access high quality, flexible, online CTE courses and programs that can provide career education options to students for whom otherwise many opportunities would be out of reach. This grant program allows schools to get started with or accelerate digital career learning.
Grants Awarded:
  • Rural/Small Schools Foundations Grant
  • Rural/Small School Matching Grant

Applicant Period: Grant applications will be accepted from September 23 through October 15, 2021, @ 2 pm MST. The application is available on this site.
All applicants will be notified of their status on or before October 30th, 2021.
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Rural Educator Weekly Spotlight:
THE RURAL EDUCATOR: Check the mail for your copy!
THE RURAL EDUCATOR:  Check the mail for your copy!
Early morning clouds illuminated by the light from wildfires near Miami Junior/Senior High School in Arizona. Photo Credit: Glen Lineberry, who told us "In the West rural means fires, especially now that we're several years into a megadrought across the Southwest. While the fires came within a mile of my school last week and are now moving away, this is what I snapped out the window as I approached the school at 4:45 this morning. I realize every school has challenges, but we have 900 heroic wildlands firefighters sleeping and eating in our building, which exists only because of their work.”
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The 45th annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference will explore the theme “Making, Creating, and Encoding: Crafting Possibilities in Appalachia” by focusing on the work of makers, builders, cultivators, and creators who are (re)interpreting existing traditions and forging new creative places, practices, and politics for contemporary contexts. In particular, this conference will highlight the work of individuals and organizations in the region who are engaged in creative activities that challenge us to consider new possibilities for the region’s future. We seek papers, presentations, and performances that spark our ability to imagine and enact Appalachian futures that are economically, politically, and socially just. In particular, we seek contributions from historically marginalized individuals and groups, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) presenters and youth. 
2022 Program Committee: Natalie Sypolt, Travis Stimeling, Rosemary Hathaway, Beth Nardella, and Audra Slocum. 
iCivics EAD Fellowship
iCivics EAD Fellowship
As you know, the Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy is a call to action to invest in strengthening history and civic learning and to ensure that civic learning opportunities are delivered equitably throughout the country. One of the first steps in implementing the Roadmap is the development of an EAD-aligned early-U.S. History middle school curriculum.
ICivics, a national leader in civics education, is launching a nationwide, paid teacher fellowship of 8–10 exceptional, inquiry-driven teachers from across the nation who will collaboratively build a generalizable, inquiry-driven, EAD-inspired curriculum. This fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend and a chance to collaborate, network, and learn with educators in a Community of Practice from across the nation! For more information and a link to the application, click here!
We encourage you to consider this opportunity to become a leader in the field and to contribute to the civic education of our youth. If you have any questions, please reach out to me. Applications are due October 15.
Rural Broadband
Connect Americans Now (CAN) Encourages U.S. House to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill As Critical Down Payment Toward Bridging Digital Divide
Connect Americans Now (CAN) Encourages U.S. House to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill As Critical Down Payment Toward Bridging Digital Divide
Washington, D.C. – Connect Americans Now (CAN) executive director Richard T. Cullen released the following statement Thursday encouraging lawmakers in the U.S House to pass the bipartisan infrastructure package that includes $65 billion in resources that will help close America’s digital divide.
“The bipartisan infrastructure package will mark a critical down payment toward bridging the digital divide to ensure an affordable, reliable broadband connection for every American,” said Connect Americans Now Executive Director Richard T. Cullen. “While much more will need to be done to permanently close the broadband gap, Connect Americans Now encourages House lawmakers to avoid delay and swiftly pass this important first step that will help increase digital equity.”
“Lawmakers must then capitalize on the positive momentum for action by advancing additional solutions to permanently close the broadband gap through broadband deployment, adoption, and digital skilling,” Cullen added. “Now more than ever, creating good jobs, lifting wages, reducing poverty, improving health outcomes and strengthening education depends on affordable, reliable broadband connectivity and access to digital devices and skills in every American community.”
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