NREA Weekly Updates: November 6th, 2020

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50 States in 50 Weeks:
This is the “I Am a Rural Teacher” Podcast: A project of the Rural Schools Collaborative. My name is Julia Levine. Over the past year, I’ve been traveling around the country talking with rural teachers. Now, we’re taking things virtual. Please join us as we explore what it means to be a rural teacher from six different perspectives around the country.
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The Flexible Pathways Initiative, created by Act 77 of 2013 and found in statute under 16 V.S.A. § 941, encourages and supports the creativity of school districts as they develop and expand high-quality educational experiences that are an integral part of secondary education in the evolving 21st-century classroom. Flexible pathways also promote opportunities for Vermont students to achieve postsecondary readiness through high-quality educational experiences that acknowledge individual goals, learning styles, and abilities; and increase the rates of secondary school completion and postsecondary continuation in Vermont. Flexible Pathways provides for:
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Rural Educator Weekly Spotlight: Rural On-Demand Sessions at the 2020 NFARE

Research Sessions about rural education issues will be available throughout NFARE 2020 in the On-Demand Content Library

A Didactic Model for Curriculum Integration 
Universidad del Bío-Bío 
A Narrative of K-12 Rural Tenured Music Teachers 
Tarkio RI School District, MO 
Elementary Students’ Reading Proficiency Doubled Using Readable English Intervention 
Intensive Integrated Reading Services, Readable English, West Washington School Corporation 
Examining the Effect of Science and Mathematics Place-based Education on Adolescent Rural Identity Across Race/Ethnicity 
University of South Carolina 
Framing a High School's Culture with an Early College High School Partnership 
Texas Virtual Schools 
Including English Learners When Educational Technology is Important for Learning 
Education and Language Research Group LLC 
Labor Monopsony in Rural Pennsylvania and Its Implications for Teacher Turnover 
American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania 
Leveraging Telepresence Technology in Rural Education 
Kansas State University, USD 379 Clay County 
Mathematics and Science Teachers Connecting with Rural Students and Places: A Mixed Methods Analysis 
University of South Carolina 
Overcoming the Challenges of Rural Research Studies 
REL Central at Marzano Research, REL West, REL Appalachia 
Preservice Teachers' Perspectives of Working in Rural Schools 
East Carolina University 
Reaching Young Rural Learners: Using the Waterford Upstart EIR Expansion Grant to Ensure K-Readiness in the Great Plains 
Spatial Mismatch in Rural Mental Health Resources During Crisis Schooling 
University of Maine 
Supporting the Need for Resilience in Rural Areas 
REL Central at Marzano Research, REL Northeast & Islands, REL Midwest 
They Leave Their Boss: Leadership Behaviors that Increase Teacher Retention 
Naples Central School District 
They Want to Go There - Preservice Teacher Interest in Rural Careers 
University of Colorado Colorado Springs 
University/Community College Partnerships to Support Rural Teacher Preparation 
Fort Hays State University 
Utilizing Student-Derived “Rural” Definitions in Educational Research, Practice, and Policy 
Stanford University, Teachers College of Columbia University, Colorado State University, Appalachian State University, University of Texas at San Antonio 
What Counts as Rural? Defining Rurality in Educator Mobility Studies 
REL Central at Marzano Research, RMC Research, REL Central, REL Northwest, Education Northwest 
Rural Broadband
Connect Americans Now
Connect Americans Now
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the Connected Care Pilot Program application window will open today, November 6. This program will provide up to $100 million form the Universal Service Fund over a three-year period to support connected care services. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for broadband-enabled telehealth services and this program will help expand connectivity so more Americans can utilize critical health care services. Read the full release HERE. Read CAN’s recent release on the urgency to expand access to telehealth solutions in rural areas HERE.

Round 2 of the USDA ReConnect Program invested an additional $46 million in 10 projects in seven states over the past few days. The ReConnect Program helps expand broadband deployment to areas that don’t have sufficient access to broadband. Broadband connectivity has never been more important for rural America as they face the increasing need for connectivity to utilize precision agriculture technology, utilize telehealth services, and continue learning and working remotely. Read more about the program HERE.

Closing the K-12 digital divide could cost $6 billion to $11 billion in the first year of such efforts as approximately 30% of all public school students lack at-home internet or adequate digital learning devices, according to a new connectivity report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in partnership with Common Sense and EducationSuperHighway.

When it comes to the digital divide, there’s frustration on both sides of the equation. Minority communities are frustrated at their lack of access to technology, training, and opportunities. On the flip side of the coin, many tech companies still struggle to fill their talent pipeline with qualified candidates.

Farmers around the world are missing out on the everyday technology that helps power the spread of information, commerce, entertainment, and even family relationships — broadband internet. Smaller farmers, particularly those in developing countries, are most at risk, according to the latest published research.

When the COVID-19 pandemic settled in for the long haul, and people were no longer tethered to an office building, or even a town, some of them looked to the hills. Manhattan, where space is scarce and rents high, saw its highest number of available units in over a decade this summer. Real estate agents in rural Pennsylvania told The Inquirer their phones were ringing nonstop from people wanting to move to less densely populated areas.

If you own a smartwatch, you’re already familiar with their assortment of health tracking features and motivational reminders, sometimes gentle and sometimes not, about your behavior that involves standing, moving, exercise, breathing, and so on. Even more sophisticated features are on the way, along with the potential for analyzing and sharing that information with your doctor. And the public acceptance of this wearable technology is continuing to grow.

Sharing Information From Our Partners and Sponsors:
NREA and WIN Learning Partner to Expand Career Readiness to Rural Communities
NREA and WIN Learning Partner to Expand Career Readiness to Rural Communities
WIN Learning is proud to partner with the National Rural Education Association (NREA) to provide exclusive access to its WIN ATLAS Career Planning and Exploration mobile app to all member districts and promote career readiness for ALL.
WIN values the leadership and forward practices that NREA offers its member districts. Preparing students in rural communities for the real world with the skills and opportunities for high-demand career pathways is the focus of our premier partnership. Together, our mission is to prepare learners with work-based learning experiences and the essential skills that employers value and seek.
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