NREA Weekly Updates: 2/25/2022

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Black History Month is Important, Relevant, and Necessary...Reflection from 1-year ago.
Black History Month is Important, Relevant, and Necessary...Reflection from 1-year ago.
Learning about other cultures helps us to understand how much we are really alike. We remove barriers and begin to authentically connect with one another.

By: Frederick Goodall, Assistant Director of Communications at BakerRipley.

I always have mixed feelings about Black History Month.
On one hand, I’m proud of my history and culture and I’m glad to see Black excellence prominently showcased throughout February.
On the other hand, I realize that everything, will return to “normal” as soon as March rolls around and that’s quite disappointing.
There are still nagging gripes about Black History Month such as, “Why do they have to have their own month?”, “I’m not Black. Why do I have to learn about Black History?” or “Why isn’t there a white history month?”
Hearing such statements is frustrating and hurtful. But this ignorance will persist until people truly understand the contributions Black people have made to this country.
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Call for Presenters
Rural Ed leaders & educators…do you have unique stories, research, or impact to share? In partnership with the Rural Schools Collaborative and Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, we are looking for presenters for the 2022 #RuralEdForum on October 20-21 in Green Bay. Present in-person in or virtually. Proposals are due March 25. Learn more and submit your proposals at:
Rural News Items:
5 Ways Rural School Leaders Can Create Workforce Opportunities for Students
5 Ways Rural School Leaders Can Create Workforce Opportunities for Students
Charles V. Khoury
Charles V. Khoury serves as the district superintendent of Ulster BOCES in New York state.

While jobs returned at high rates in 2021, most of that growth was experienced in metropolitan areas. Unfortunately, rural America in April 2021 had essentially the same number of jobs as in 2010, and that’s bad news for the nearly 1 in 5 students in the United States who attend a rural school and will thus be much more likely to miss out on high-quality, work-based learning opportunities.
Aside from fewer industry partners to team up with, rural districts face a slew of challenges in providing work-based experiences for students. The smaller industries or industrial communities typically found in rural areas mean that employer partners require disparate skill sets, making it difficult to standardize on a curriculum. The distances between school and work and home can create transportation headaches for individuals and especially at scale.
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The Postsecondary State CTE Leaders Fellowship Program At Advance CTE - Sponsored by ECMC Foundation
The Postsecondary State CTE Leaders Fellowship Program At Advance CTE - Sponsored by ECMC Foundation
Overview of Fellowship
The Postsecondary State Career Technical Education (CTE) Leaders Fellowship at Advance CTE - Sponsored by ECMC Foundation - will build a diverse leadership talent pipeline with a core focus on racial equity to expand state-level capacity in postsecondary CTE systems. This Fellowship will be offered to up to 15 participants per cohort.

This Fellowship is designed to:
  • Increase the pipeline and racial diversity of state postsecondary CTE leaders.
  • Support those who have a deep knowledge of CTE and aspire to be a state postsecondary CTE leader with:
  • The knowledge, tools, and network to develop, build support for, lead and evaluate state postsecondary CTE programs and policies to ensure all CTE is high quality and equitable.
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to lead with and apply an equity lens, with a particular focus on expanding access and delivering programs equitably to those who most need them.
  • Connect each Advance CTE - ECMC Fellow in meaningful ways to a diverse network of CTE, education, and workforce leaders to build their social capital and increase their visibility at the national level.
The application submission deadline is March 31, 2022, at 5:00 PM EDT.
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NREA State Affiliates: Idaho & Washington
The 27th annual National Rural Congress to be held virtually on March 27th and 28th, 2022
Dear Partners in Rural Education:
On behalf of the Department of Educational Administration and the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU) in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the 27th annual National Rural Congress to be held virtually on March 27th and 28th, 2022. The theme of the Congress is Rural Education for a Sustainable FutureOur Congress will highlight global perspectives on rural and remote education and sustainability research and engender exciting discussions between educators, school and system leaders, parents, community members, and researchers.
The University of Saskatchewan is situated on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education has a long history of providing leadership, research, and programming that supports rural educators, schools, and communities. It works in collaboration with SELU that has over 31 years of leadership in practitioner-focused research and development for educational partners, First Nations authorities, and human services agencies.
The Congress will begin on Sunday with a keynote address offered by Dr. Maureen Reed, a professor, and UNESCO Co-Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal from the University of Saskatchewan. On Monday, we have planned a student panel presentation on sustainable land-based education. The Congress will conclude with a session focused on resources and opportunities for supporting Agriculture in the Classroom. In between the keynote sessions, we have planned learning sessions and moderated dialogues to build in relationality and discussions. We also will be showcasing graduate student research presentations as a feature of the virtual event.
We hope that you will consider forwarding a presentation for our learning sessions and that you feel free to forward the call to others who have an interest in the programmatic and research innovations found in local spaces committed to rural schools and communities.
Take care, and we looking forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Dawn Wallin 
Director, National Congress on Rural Education in Canada 2022
The University of South Carolina Seeks Applicants for the...
The University of South Carolina Seeks Applicants for the...
Institute in Measurement MEthodology in Rural STEM Education (IMMERSE)
Deadline: April 1, 2022
The University of South Carolina (UofSC), supported by the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce the Institute in Measurement MEthodology in Rural STEM Education (IMMERSE). This professional development and research capacity-building training are directed to early- and mid-career scholars. The goal of IMMERSE is to increase the capacity of researchers to measure and study key concepts central to rural STEM education research. Drawing on measurement science and the unified validity framework, the IMMERSE training will enable rural researchers in STEM, social sciences, and education to undertake empirical studies that attend to rurality. Specifically, IMMERSE Fellows will obtain the skills to advance the field of rural STEM education research towards more consistent operational definitions and psychometrically sound measures of focal constructs such as place-based education and community engagement.
IMMERSE Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process aimed at identifying transdisciplinary rural researchers who wish to gain measurement skills for survey development in STEM education. Fellows will engage in an intensive 3-day summer training with hands-on working sessions focusing on the development of constructs and surveys in rural STEM education. Following the summer training, Fellows will then be provided ongoing instruction, mentoring, and feedback on their measurement research projects for a calendar year. Fellows will be provided instruction and support from core faculty and nationally recognized experts in measurement methodology and rural STEM education throughout. Fellows will present the results of their measure development projects at a virtual summit the following summer. Through a partnership with the National Rural Education Association (NREA), the measures developed by IMMERSE Fellows will become part of a repository on their website for other rural researchers to use.
The summer institute will be held on July 25 - 27, 2022 in Columbia, South Carolina. Participants will receive a stipend, as well as support covering travel, lodging, group meals, training materials, virtual workshop fees, and NREA conference fees. The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022 (11:59 pm Eastern time). Please see the Call for Applications for further information.
Contact the project manager, Dr. Angie Starrett, via email ( if you have any questions.
The second webinar for the Webinar Series on Equity & Justice in Rural Education being co-hosted by the AERA Rural Education SIG and the National Rural Education Association. The second webinar is on Friday, March 4th at 4 pm EST, and we have an incredible group of speakers who will discuss equity and justice for rural queer and trans* students and educators. The webinar series is being sponsored by East Carolina University’s Rural Education Institute, the National Rural Education Association, Virginia Tech’s School of Education, Southern Oregon University’s School of Education, and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.
WGU: Teacher Recruitment Outreach
Teacher diversity is invaluable for all students. Having a diverse teacher workforce can help close opportunity gaps for students of color while benefiting students of all races. It’s imperative to build a high-quality, diverse teacher workforce that improves learning and academic achievements for all students.
As the largest teachers' college in the nation, with over 35,000 students and almost 60,000 graduates, WGU is committed to creating better access to teacher licensure pathways in any of the 50 states. We achieve this through flexible programs with no set course log-in times and affordable tuition. Scholarship opportunities for current and future education professionals who wish to pursue a degree in this rewarding field put earning a degree even more within reach.
Valued at up to $4,000
Apply by June 30, 2022
Valued at up to $4,000
Apply by June 30, 2022
(includes a $1,500 stipend during student teaching)
Each scholarship is valued at up to $4,000 and is designed to help aspiring teachers obtain the required credentials for a rewarding career as an educator. These scholarships will provide significant financial assistance as students pursue an affordable, respected, CAEP- and AAQEP-accredited degree.
Teaching is a pathway to social change. Encourage your employees to take the first step to diversify America’s teaching workforce by earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education.
Learn more about WGU – California Community College Transfer Pathways:
Convention Research & Symposium Sponsors
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.
“Embrace the reason behind your place… Don’t look at what you don’t have, look at what you do have and the possibilities that you could bring.”
- Haley Richardson, Livingston, AL
T-Mobile is proud to announce expanded access to our Home Internet service in 62 cities and towns across Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, building on recent expansions across the Southeast and Texas

Here are some news stories from Kentucky WHAS-TV and Lexington Herald-Leader

In Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, more than three million people still have no access or only one choice when it comes to traditional home broadband. Additionally, in these three states alone, more than a million students were without an adequate high-speed internet connection. With this expansion, T-Mobile Home Internet is now an option for nearly 5 million homes in the area. 

In 2022, a reliable home broadband connection is crucial for just about everyone–for work, for school, and for staying connected to loved ones. As part of T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, we committed to making fixed wireless internet a real option for millions of Americans, and with more than 30 million households already eligible for T-Mobile Home Internet nationwide today, we are making good on that commitment at a time when reliance on connectivity is at its highest.  

For more information, read the full press release here. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. 


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