NREA Weekly Updates: May 20th, 2022

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Rural Schools Collaborative and the National Rural Education Association are proud to announce Lara Belice, a Cooke City School teacher in Montana, as the 2022 National Signature Project Award recipient for her place-based project, "United States History Through a Bison Lens."

Lara will receive a $2,500 grant, awarded through our National Signature Project Award program, which annually awards an outstanding and innovative classroom project that best exemplifies the very best in place-based education. 

Due to the incredible place-based education project proposals received, Rural Schools Collaborative and the National Rural Education Association awarded two additional rural teachers with $1,500 grants toward their individual place-based education projects. This is the first year that Rural Schools Collaborative and the National Rural Education Association have announced runner-ups. 

Our National Signature Project Award runner-ups are Abby Jones, a Gibbon Public Schools teacher of Gibbon, Nebraska; and Christina Robinson, a Randolph Southern Elementary School teacher of Lynn, Indiana.
Meet Our 2022 National Signature Project Award Winner: Lara Belice
Meet Our 2022 National Signature Project Award Winner:  Lara Belice
The National Rural Education Association and Rural Schools Collaborative are proud to announce Lara Belice, a lead teacher at Cooke City School, Cooke City, Montana, as the 2022 National Signature Project Award recipient for her place-based project, "U.S. History Through a Bison Lens."
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About Abby Jones - National Signature Project Award Runner-Up
About Abby Jones - National Signature Project Award Runner-Up
Abby Jones has taught for 18 years and is in her 11th year at Gibbon Public Schools. She teaches Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, and Pathways to Success; she also sponsors the Foreign Language Club, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, and Senior Class. Jones is a Nebraska and Gibbon Education Associations and the Sherwood Foundation Cohort member. She also volunteers as a Bible School teacher and interpreter for bilingual services at Kearney eFree Church.

Of the 545 students at Gibbon Public School, 48% are Hispanic, and 53% are eligible for free and reduced lunch. This project will allow migrant students and students with Spanish-speaking parents to celebrate and share their native cultures in our school. Jones is passionate about outside-of-the-box projects and is excited for her Spanish IV students to develop a greenhouse through the National Signature Project Award: “It is my passion for students to achieve more success in their lives than they ever thought possible.”
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About Christina Robinson - National Signature Project Award Runner-Up
About Christina Robinson - National Signature Project Award Runner-Up
Chris is a 30 year-veteran at Randolph Southern Elementary School, where she has taught her entire career in various grades (currently 5th grade!). She has loved being part of this small rural community where she was raised and attended school while growing up on an Angus farm, with her parents owning and operating an agri-business. Chris' passion comes from giving back to the community that is so important to her. Along with teaching, she enjoys working with youth and has been a 4-H leader for over 25 years. She is the proud mother of Brittany, Sean, and Zoe and loves spending time with her 5 grandkids.
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Call for Authors - Rurality across Race and Ethnicity (Edited Book)
In partnership with Tyler Hallmark and Sonja Ardoin, I am thrilled to announce a Call for Authors for an upcoming edited book entitled, Rurality across Race and Ethnicity: Considerations for Advancing Higher Education Equity. The book will explore how colleges and universities can better support students from rural areas who identify as Asian American, Pacific Islander, Black and African American, Hispanic and Latinx, Indigenous, and/or multiracial, placing these students and their communities in conversation with national higher education discourse. 
As a part of the Call, we seek two types of submissions.
  1. Book chapters, which would be approximately 15-20 pages in length (double-spaced) and would share original research, assessments, evaluations, literature reviews, and/or perspectives on rural Students/Communities of Color with a clear articulation of how the findings inform practitioners, policymakers, and scholars.
  2. Notes from the field would be approximately 3-5 pages in length (double-spaced) and would highlight ongoing/existing practices or programs that serve rural Students of Color.
Of course, at this time, submissions are only brief 300-500 word abstracts for either type.
I have attached a PDF of the Call to this email. You can also find the Call linked here:
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Hearing next week on “Tackling Teacher Shortages” – The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Tackling Teacher Shortages” on Wednesday, May 25, at 10 am ET. The Subcommittee has not yet announced who the witnesses will be. Suppose you have a question you think should be asked that makes a point about why more education funding would help or have data you think should be shared. In that case, I encourage you to reach out to the Subcommittee staff or the education staffers for the Subcommittee members.

Senate Appropriators want more than President requested for NIH – Yesterday, the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee chair and a ranking member both said at a hearing on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget that the increase of $4 billion requested in the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget is not large enough. The Subcommittee bill – the largest non-defense funding bill – always provokes debate about balancing the needs of the many worthy programs included. Congress has traditionally supported generous increases for NIH, and I do not expect that to change. It reaffirms the importance of our advocacy to support the largest possible funding increase for this bill, allowing for necessary increases for many programs.

EPA Clean School Bus Program
The EPA's Clean School Bus Program will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 24 at 1 p.m. EDT about the upcoming Zero-Emission and Clean School Bus Rebates. Authorized by the recently signed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years to replace school buses with low- and zero-emission school buses. The first funding opportunity under this program is the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. EPA will offer $500 million in rebates for zero-emission and clean school buses. Attend this webinar to learn who is eligible, who is prioritized, which buses are eligible for rebates, how to apply, and the selection process. Register here! Additionally, resources about the program can be found on the EPA website.

Future of Privacy Forum Legislative Update
FPF’s Youth & Education Privacy team continues to track, analyze, and categorize U.S. state bills likely to impact students’ and children’s privacy. Since their last update, 9 relevant bills have passed. As most states’ legislative sessions wind down, fewer bills have been introduced, and many bills have failed. However, several impactful bills still remain in play. This update highlights active bills they are currently tracking through the end of the states’ legislative calendars. 

USED Community Schools Webinar
On Thursday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, the Department of Education and the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) will hold the first session in a new learning series titled, “ Community Schools: An Evidence-Based Whole Child Approach to Education.” The event will discuss what it takes to operate a quality, sustainable community school, how community schools have enabled educators to support students through the pandemic, and what makes community schools an effective strategy for supporting the whole child. Register here.
Updates and Releases
Rural Education SIG 102
Rural Education SIG 102
The Rural Education Special Interest Group (SIG) promotes scholarly conversation about the lives of rural people, places, and their schools through research. It provides a forum for the dissemination of this research. Sponsored by The NREA.
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APA/APF/Oregon State University Psychological Science Workshop for High School Psychology Teachers
July 27-29, 2022, Corvallis, OR 
APA, the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), the American Psychological Foundation, and Oregon State University are pleased to announce an extended summer workshop for high school psychology teachers. This workshop will allow high school psychology teachers to share peer-to-peer creative ideas and learn new concepts to enhance teaching skills further. This workshop will bring together 25 high school psychology teachers to:
  • Learn from master teachers.
  • Listen to faculty research presentations and keynote addresses.
  • Network with one another.
The TOPSS Committee has recommended this workshop aim to provide a professional development opportunity to teachers who:
  • Have 3 or fewer years of experience teaching high school psychology,
  • Are you employed at a school located in a rural area (i.e., with a locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43 as assigned by the National Center for Education Statistics. You may check your locale using this link)? And/or
  • Are employed at a school serving low-income students (defined as a school in which 20 percent or more of the students are from families with incomes below the poverty line, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates), and/or is classified as a Title 1 school.
We hope at least 80% of the participants will fit one or more of these criteria. Housing in the Oregon State University campus dorms and materials are provided for all participants. There is no registration fee. Participants receive travel stipends of $300. For teachers in need of extra travel support, additional funding is available and can be requested through the application form.  
The 2022 workshop will highlight the scientific basis of psychology and promote teaching psychological science. Topics will include lessons to help promote scientific literacy, incorporating laboratory experiments in the psychology class, and more. Participants will also learn about the revised National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula and use the revised standards in course planning. The 2022 presenters include Annette Nielsen of Woods Cross High School, Woods Cross, Utah, Jennifer Schlicht of Olathe South High School, Olathe, Kansas, and faculty presenters from the Oregon State University. A keynote speaker will be announced this spring.
Visit the workshop website for more details and to apply. The deadline is May 23, 2022.  We are currently exploring possibilities for virtual participation in this workshop. If you are interested in participating virtually, please share your interest through this form. We will contact all teachers interested in virtual participation with relevant information when available.
Please visit the website for important health and safety information about the workshop and expectations for participants to engage with the psychology community after the workshop ends. The workshop is open to 25 teachers. Applicants must have at least one-year of experience teaching high school psychology to be considered for this workshop.
This workshop has been sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation (APF) David and Carol Myers Fund to Support Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools, the Oregon State University School of Psychological Science, and APA.
Please contact Angelica DeFalco if you have any questions.
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