NREA Weekly Update: November 20th, 2020

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GRANTS IN PLACE UPDATE: Moorcroft, Wyoming Our National Signature Grant is in collaboration with the National Rural Education Association
GRANTS IN PLACE UPDATE: Moorcroft, Wyoming Our National Signature Grant is in collaboration with the National Rural Education Association
Last June the National Rural Education Association and the Rural Schools Collaborative announced that Andrea Wood, an English teacher at Wyoming's Moorcroft High School had been selected to receive a $2,500 Grants in Place award to support Digital Stories of Rural Wyoming, a
student-centered research, writing, and media effort that is grounded in community. We believe this is an exemplary place-based effort, and we want to once again think Dr. Allen Pratt, NREA executive directory, for his support of this good collaborative venture! We invite you to learn more about the importance of place-based learning and our exciting partnership with Teton Science Schools' Place Network Schools.
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We invite you to register for the Rural Library Summit, a half-day celebration of libraries' contributions to third grade reading outcomes and their impact on the aspirations of young people especially in rural communities.

Research has shown that children who read on or above grade level in third grade triple their chances of attending college. The Summit will explore how libraries can grow their impact on third grade reading by leveraging community support and resources.
Participants will learn about and connect with a range of opportunities with regional and national organizations, including the newly launched Rural Library Fellowship. The program will support the efforts of 22 Fellows to engage in initiatives to increase third grade reading in their communities.

More information about the Summit is available on our webpage.

All Summit participants will be entered into a raffle to win $1,000 to purchase books for their library—five lucky winners will be awarded!

If you have questions, contact Katie Basham at or (859) 302-0583.

The Rural Library Summit is a joint initiative of Partners for Education at Berea College and Save the Children. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Rural Research Award
2020 Chance Memorial Dissertation Award Winner: Dr. Lori Langlois
2020 Chance Memorial Dissertation Award Winner: Dr. Lori Langlois
The National Rural Education Association sponsors the Edward W. Chance Memorial Rural Education Dissertation Award. The award is funded by the Chance family, through the NREA Foundation, to recognize doctoral research which makes a significant contribution to rural education and addresses issues of current concern. Dissertation research considered for the award may include any study relative to PK--‐ 12 education that specifically addresses issues related to rural schools which was completed between January 2019 and June 2020. The Edward W. Chance Dissertation Award includes a $500.00 cash stipend.

Title of Dissertation: An Investigation of the Influences on the Residency
Aspirations of Youth in the Present‐Day Rural Context
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Thomas Schram, University of New Hampshire (Chair),
Dr. Linda Carrier, Plymouth State University advisor
Institutional Affiliation: Plymouth State University

Please click read more to review her work.
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Rural Healthcare and Mental Health
Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools
Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools
This guide provides resources specific to addressing the unique mental health training and technical assistance needs of schools serving rural and remote communities. School administrators, faculty, and support staff are facing increasing pressure to respond to a host of unmet mental health needs of students in K-12 and higher education. In response, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a resource to assist states and schools in addressing mental health and substance use disorders. Underscoring the purpose of the document was a recognition that schools, communities, and families often lack “comprehensive treatment and services for children and youth.” That is particularly true in rural communities.
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Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth
Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth
The purpose of this document is to provide tools for K-12 educators, administrators, and mental health treatment providers to better address the learning and behavioral health needs of Indigenous youth in a holistic manner. It is also a resource for faculty working in higher education to prepare future professionals, particularly those planning to work in tribal communities with children and youth. The focus of this document is on resilience and well-being of Indigenous youth in a historical context. The historical review provides a greater understanding of the role of boarding schools, forced colonization, and assimilation resulting in cultural genocide and their impact on education.
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CEF: Rural Legislation Updates
  • After meeting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows yesterday, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) told reporters that the White House supports the effort to enact an omnibus to fund the government through FY2021. “We went over where we are as far as trying to put the omnibus together and we talked about some parameters between us and the House,” Shelby said. He also told reporters that he had a good conversation with House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY), indicating that they were close to reaching an agreement on subcommittee allocations. Lawmakers hope to reach a deal to fund the government before the continuing resolution (CR) expires on December 11th. Read more here.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hinted on Thursday that coronavirus relief negotiations might resurface, after months of impasse. During a news conference in New York, Minority Leader Schumer told reporters that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had agreed to staff-level talks on another aid package. “There’s a little bit of good news, as of today,” Minority Leader Schumer said. “They’ve agreed to sit down, and the staffs are going to sit down today or tomorrow to try to begin to see if we can get a real good COVID relief bill. So there’s been a little bit of a breakthrough in that McConnell’s folks are finally sitting down and talking to us.” However, Republican aides suggested that Democrats were conflating the omnibus spending bill and a COVID relief bill. Read more here.
  • Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has privately told top lawmakers that Congress needs to strip language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the military to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases in order to pass the sweeping bill, according to two sources. The measure, which President Trump has already threatened to veto over the provision, passed the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities, but Congress has not successfully overridden Trump during his presidency. Read more here.
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) won the contested race to serve as vice chair of the Democratic caucus for the 117th Congress today. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition had endorsed Rep. Aguilar in the race. Meanwhile, in the race for Democratic leadership representative, freshman Rep. Collin Allred (D-TX) narrowly defeated Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI). This position is reserved for members who have served five terms or less. Read more here.
  • With 8 House races yet to be called, Republicans have flipped 11 seats and Democrats have flipped 3 seats. Out of the called races, a Democratic incumbent currently trails behind a Republican challenger in 3 districts (CA-21; NY-11; and NY-22). Find live updates on House raceshere.
  • President Trump’s campaign withdrew its last remaining federal lawsuit in Michigan today. The lawsuit falsely claimed that local election officials had declined to certify the Detroit-area’s vote tabulation. Read more here.
  • As we previously noted, Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke at the University of Virginia Medical Center virtually on Wednesday about the optimism for vaccines to immunize Americans against COVID-19 and raised concern over the current projection of the pandemic. Watch his presentation online here.
  • An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca showed strong immune responses in older adults, who were also less likely to experience common side effects than younger clinical trial participants, according to an interim analysis of phase two trial data published in the Lancet medical journal. The peer-reviewed findings are promising given governments are expected to prioritize older adults in coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts, and people involved in the Oxford process have said they expect more robust safety and efficacy data from ongoing late-stage trials in the coming weeks. Read more here.
  • Lonza Group made its first commercial batch of the main ingredient in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the U.S. last week and plans to start European production by the end of the month, Chairman Albert Baehny said. Meanwhile, freezers required to store COVID-19 vaccines are in place at health systems that are preparing to administer the initial doses once the two leading candidates for shots receive a green light from regulators, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. Read more here and here.
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