Safety is our top priority. Please continue to check our website www.nrea.net/safety for more details. We will update our agenda and travel information during the first week of October. Thank you and stay safe.
Sarah Frey has been described by the New York Times as the “Pumpkin Queen of America” because she sells more pumpkins than any other producer in the United States. Founded by Sarah in 1992 and headquartered in Keenes, IL, Frey Farms is a Certified Woman-Owned Business that distributes fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the country, serving the nation’s top 25 retail chains. With a mission to end food waste in the fresh produce industry, the family makes natural food products and beverages from imperfect or “ugly fruit.” They produce a line of beverages and fresh juices under the Sarah’s Homegrown and Tsamma Watermelon Juice brands. Sarah and her four older brothers operate farms and facilities in seven states. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life–and Saved an American Farm published by Random House. Sarah will serve as co-executive producer of the upcoming ABC television series, The Growing Season, based on her story.
|Rural Schools Collaborative: Grants In Place 2021|
for the 2021-22 program. Additionally, I am attaching the program logo and a finished graphic below. Don't feel obligated to use them, but they may be useful as a visual for a newsletter or social media post. Applications are due no later than October 15th
of this year.
The program is offered to anyone within our 11 Hub areas
, and we are hoping for a few applicants from each Hub. One thing to note is recipients not only receive the $2,000 towards grant work, but an additional $1,000 honorarium - a great additional perk!
|Rural Educator Weekly Spotlight:|
Twenty-five percent of U.S. schoolchildren attend a rural school. Yet, rural school issues are typically subsumed by debates focused on urban problems and the misguided notion of ample resources available for their remediation. These assumptions belie the reality of the spatial mismatch that exists for rural schools, especially around mental health supports. Adverse childhood experiences and trauma disproportionately affect rural schoolchildren, putting them at greater risk of academic underachievement and other negative throughout the lifespan. Trauma-informed approaches in rural schools may mitigate the effects of childhood adversity and help close achievement gaps for rural students. Rural schools and students have needs and challenges distinct from those of urban and suburban schools, but only 2% of peer-reviewed publications address trauma-informed approaches or social-emotional learning in rural schools. More research is needed to help our 13 million rural schoolchildren develop the resilience necessary to overcome adversity and achieve healthy outcomes.
Maria Frankland, University of Maine
College and career readiness have become a national education policy priority. With more than 9.3 million rural students in the United States, the college and career readiness of rural students is a warranted priority for rural education researchers. Using a combination of Conley’s (2012) college and career readiness model, Perna’s (2006) nested model of college choice, and Social Cognitive Career Theory (Lent et al., 2014), we systematically reviewed and analyzed the extant literature on rural students’ college and career readiness. In addition to providing a comprehensive discussion of the prominent themes in the literature, we provide recommendations for future research on rural students’ college and career readiness as well as changes to college and career readiness standards and practices that would better align with the strengths and needs of rural students, schools, and communities.
Dr. J. Kessa Roberts & Dr. Phillip D. Grant
In today’s environment, broadband access is a critical component of high-quality education. Unfortunately, more than 14 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband, including many students who live in rural areas where nearly 1 in 5 Americans
are still on the wrong side of the digital divide. That’s far too many students who are unable to access the high-tech educational tools and resources needed to thrive in the 21st-century classroom and, ultimately, join America’s workforce.
Research has shown the vast implications that broadband access can have on students; not only are students with broadband access more likely to earn high school and college degrees but they are expected to earn over $2 million
more throughout their lifetimes.
|The Rural Voice Podcast Series|
In this special episode of the Rural Voice, the cohosts Drs. Pratt, Bigham, and Silver invite NREA friend and contributor, Dr. Brad Mitchell, to respond to a recent article from the New York Times titled The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools by Casey Parks, Published Sept. 7, 2021. As noted in this article, the discussants discuss some of the challenges of making overarching claims in a single case study example. We discuss contextual challenges and benefits of education in rural America, including strategic partnerships, identifying problems at the local level, avoid stereotyping of rural education and learning as one problem and solution fits all, and the need for coordinated efforts to address these problems beyond the political sphere of influence to pragmatic accountability. This accountability is top-down and bottom-up, where we all need to work together to address these issues, including race and demographics, socio-economic challenges, and meeting the job market needs within each locale. We collectively call on the New York Times to consider addressing the policy and practices at the local level to address these issues, avoid overgeneralizations based on a single case study to include more narratives of students, teachers, and families to meet our educational goals, and recognize that justice is about precise regional understanding and implementation within schools and community. Dr. Mitchell suggests examples might include the Good Jobs Challenge, and each state should have a rural policy of the practice to address these growing challenges.