NREA Weekly Updates: June 4th, 2021

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NREA membership has grown and surpassed our targeted goals. Our members are very active, and they're leading the charge for all students and stakeholders in rural communities.

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Thank you for your hard work during a challenging 15-months.
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Dear National Rural Education Association,
We are writing to you on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund's Food Loss and Waste team. We run a program for K-12 schools called Food Waste Warriors that provides grants (and stipends), toolkits, and lesson plans to empower teachers and administrators in all schools to engage their students and take action on the issue of food waste.  
Food waste is an issue teachers and students confront every day, and with the incredible demands already placed on teachers, our program seeks to both compensate teachers and equip them with flexible and fully customizable resources to turn cafeterias into classrooms—helping students to conduct food waste audits in their cafeterias, advocate on the issue of food waste, and identify creative ways to reduce it.
Our new grant application cycle opens on June 1st and will close on July 20th. All applicants in any U.S. state or territory are eligible to apply for this year's grant cycle—though applicants working with schools or districts located in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, and Washington D.C. will be prioritized to support our current food waste policy objectives. We would like to let rural schools in your network know about this grant program for the 2021-22 school year. For more details and to apply, please visit our website here.

An estimated 30-40% of food is wasted in America, while more than 41 million Americans face hunger, including nearly 13 million children. At the same time, wasting food wastes water, energy, and wildlife habitat. We started this program because schools, which serve more than 4 billion lunches per year in the US, can turn cafeterias into classrooms and measure the scale of the issue as part of a learning experience.
More information about our educator toolkits can be found here. Any further questions about the program can be sent to
Thank you for your help!
Laura Espinoza
2021-2022 cohort of the SMU District Leadership Fellows program
2021-2022 cohort of the SMU District Leadership Fellows program
District Leadership Fellows
· District Leadership Fellows is a virtual, strengths-based leadership development program
· Run by the Institute for Leadership Impact at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
· Open to school district superintendents and executive leaders who report directly to superintendents
· Applications close June 30, 2021

Application and cost
· Apply online at
· Applications close June 30, 2021
· Program cost $795
Additional information
· Website: Education page of
· Twitter: @SMULeadImpact
· Questions: Email Christine Ferguson at
Rural Educator Weekly Spotlight:
How Professional Development in Co-teaching Impacts Self-Efficacy Among Rural High School Teachers
How Professional Development in Co-teaching Impacts Self-Efficacy Among Rural High School Teachers
The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of professional development in co-teaching on teacher self-efficacy among general and special education rural high school teachers. A causal-comparative research design was used to survey 256 rural high school teachers from the South and Midwest regions of the U.S. to measure their self-efficacy in student engagement, instructional practices, and classroom management. One-way analysis and independent samples t-test were used to analyze these data using SPSS statistical software. The results indicated a significant difference between teachers with and without experience in a co-teaching classroom regarding their efficacy in using instructional practices. Furthermore, ANOVA results indicated a significant difference in the number of hours of professional development a teacher received in co-teaching as it relates to their efficacy in student engagement, instructional practices, and classroom management. Further discussion and recommendations are also included.
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Spending Floors in Gifted Education Services
Spending Floors in Gifted Education Services
For nearly two decades, the state of Texas mandated gifted education services and provided funding to public school districts. One policy that was unique to the state is mandatory minimum spending. This research examines how these mandatory minimum spending floors influence spending in public school districts within the state and how that influence varies across locales. Our findings provide evidence that rural public school districts in Texas were more likely to operate near to the mandatory state minimum spending for gifted education than non-rural public school districts. In particular, rural public school districts allocated 50% of the funds towards gifted education programming as suburban public school districts when the minimum spending floors were accounted for. The results should provide caution to policymakers on the possible ramifications of removing spending floors on gifted education programming in rural public school districts.
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Rural Broadband
DeWine signs bill to set the stage for better rural broadband
DeWine signs bill to set the stage for better rural broadband
By Kolt Buchenroth, Ohio Ag Net
There’s been a major milestone reached in Ohio’s crusade to expand rural broadband access. Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 2 in May that provides $20 million this fiscal year to expand access and created the Ohio Broadband Expansion Program.
“Internet service providers can start connecting households that weren’t economically viable to connect previously,” said Jenna Reese, director of state policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
The bill was passed with an emergency clause that allows for immediate implementation as opposed to the normal 90-day implementation period.
“This will allow the Development Services Agency to start working on rules to administer this program,” Reese said. “Allowing the program to get off the ground will help us have a robust program that we can continue funding later.”
That funding will come at a sum of $200 million — including some federal funds — in the state budget to expand the program. That number could change as the state’s budget is expected to be finalized later in June.
While HB 2 is much-needed for rural Ohio, the expansion process isn’t going to be a quick one.
“This is going to take a really long time to get the program set up and get the internet service providers lined up,” Reese said. “This is going to take some time, and we’ll be working on this for the next few years.”

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Sharing Information From Our Partners and Sponsors: NFARE 2021 Primary Sponsor
We know learners from low-income backgrounds have the same abilities as high-income learners. Ascendium is working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that low-income learners have the same opportunities for academic and career success. To that end, we award exploration, validation, and scaling grants in four focus areas that foster upward social mobility.
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