NREA Weekly Update: June 23, 2023

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Each July, the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) hosts the largest professional development conference dedicated to media literacy education in the United States. Since 1997, NAMLE has served as the leading voice, convener, and resource for media literacy education. We aim to make media literacy highly valued and widely practiced as an essential life skill. 
This year’s conference will feature sessions covering a variety of professional development needs, including:
  • Foundational content knowledge around core media literacy concepts,
  • Expert sessions from experienced teachers on how to teach media literacy,
  • Teacher-led modeling and discussion of specific ways students learn and practice media literacy skills, and
  • Approaches to assessment.
Join us virtually on July 14th and 15th by Registration includes access to all live sessions and , the , and all recordings for 90 days!
As an added incentive, our educator group discount provides a great opportunity for PK-12 educators in your district to attend the conference at a discounted rate. The group discounts are as follows:
10% for 5-10 PK-12 educators ($90 each)
20% for 11-20 PK-12 educators ($80 each)
30% discount for 21+ ($70 each)
To take advantage of these discounts, please register  and select the appropriate group discount rate.h
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This week (June 19-23), the Rural Schools Innovation Zone (RSIZ) students of Premont ISD, Brooks County ISD and Freer ISD, are in Washington, DC sharing their experiences. The Reinventing America’s Schools Project at Progressive Policy Institute is hosting this delegation of students from south Texas on Capitol Hill. The RSIZ is the nation’s first rural CTE/early college collaborative. The mission of the RSIZ is to advance educational equity for rural students in support of access to career pathways and early college high school opportunities. Last month, the Texas legislature codified funding to support replication of the RSIZ model across the state. 

Recently, the RSIZ was also featured at Educate Texas CCRSM (College and Career Readiness School Models) Leadership Institute in Houston. Students gave testimonials about their individual experiences in their specialized career path opportunities provide by the RSIZ. Mike Gonzalez currently serves as the Executive Director of the RSIZ. The RSIZ story has also been recently published in The Middle of Somewhere: Rural Education Partnerships and Innovation by Harvard Press authored by Gerri M. Maxwell, Steve VanMatre (former Premont superintendent and driving force behind the RSIZ, and Vedika Salunke, graduate assistant at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi). Photo is from the recent CCRSM event. Mike Gonzalez, far right, top row.

Due July 5th

Through the NREA Foundation, the Chance family funds this award in recognition of doctoral research that significantly contributes to rural education and addresses issues of current concern. The dissertation judged most meritorious receives the award, and we recognize the author at the NREA National Convention.
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