Breaking Down Barriers for Students in Poverty, Request for Proposals, Consortium for School Networking

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Friday, July 26th, 10:00 —11:15 am PT; 12-00-1:15 pm CT/MT; 1:00-2:15 pm ET

Poverty is a universal issue that affects individuals of all races, ages, and locations, with students in poverty facing unique challenges. The National Rural Education Association (NREA) and the Region 15 Comprehensive Center are excited to sponsor a summer learning session focused on the National Comprehensive Center's (NCC) resource, “" This toolkit supports teachers and leaders in delivering high-impact instruction to students, minimizing the adverse effects of poverty on student achievement, and helping students thrive.

During the 75-minute virtual learning session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how schools and districts can utilize the toolkit and learn about how to prioritize critical needs using evidence-based, program-neutral strategies.

Dr. Kim Benton, a co-author of the NCC interactive toolkit, will present at the session. She brings decades of experience in education, having served as Chief Academic Officer / Deputy State Superintendent for Mississippi, where she led initiatives that improved academic outcomes for all students. She has also worked at William Carey University, which is a co-lead for the Mississippi Rural Collaborative. Currently, Dr Benton consults with the National Comprehensive Center. She holds a doctorate from Mississippi State University. She lives in Hickory, Mississippi, a small town of about 460 people, where she says she "wouldn’t trade living there for the world."
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As part of ECMC Foundation’s , this request for proposal (RFP) invites researchers committed to producing knowledge about rural learners and rural postsecondary institutions to apply for grants of up to three years and $450,000. ECMC Foundation expects to award up to seven grants that will begin on or after November 1, 2024.
Research projects selected for funding through this RFP will be those that examine one of three priority areas:
  1. College experiences of rural learners with intersecting identities;
  2. Roles of rural postsecondary institutions; and/or
  3. Policies that affect rural postsecondary education.

 to read the full RFP, including eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application instructions.
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Updates from The Consortium for School Networking

The CoSN Resource Library
In its role as the premier association designed to meet the ongoing digital transformation needs of K-12 district leaders, including superintendents, chief technology officers, school leaders and their teams, CoSN is pleased to offer easy access to the CoSN Resource Library, published on the CoSN website and open to anyone. Resources provided in the CoSN Resource library come in a variety of formats, including toolkits, documents, web pages, podcasts and webinars.

When one opens the link to the CoSN Resource Library a list with over 20 EdTech topics is readily available. One can filter a search for a specific individual topic or select “Any” to see an assortment of links to a variety of articles and tools. Below is a sample list of 10 of the current 20+ topic categories, each with its own multiple resources, available in the CoSN Resource Library. The CoSN Resource Library is readily available at

The CoSN Experience: The Ultimate Virtual Collaboration Series
In order to keep the learning and collaboration going beyond the recent CoSN 2024 conference, CoSN is now offering “The CoSN Experience.” This virtual collaboration series features monthly conversations and knowledge sharing. This inaugural series comprises six monthly live conversations, which commenced in April 2024 and will continue through November 2024. You are welcome to participate individually or as a team. For more details and access to registration information please visit .

CoSN Membership: If you, your school or district would like more information about joining CoSN or getting more involved with CoSN, please contact


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