Weekly Update April 10th 2020

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2020 National Signature Project Grant
NREA Student Video Essay Contest
2019 College Board Rural Teacher of the Year
Q&A: How a Small College Fulfills Its Mission during a Pandemic
Q&A: How a Small College Fulfills Its Mission during a Pandemic
Rural colleges educate young people. They also have a big social and economic impact on the surrounding community. Mark La Branche, the president of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, tells the Daily Yonder about the many issues the school considered in its response to the pandemic. NREA members sharing their work during this difficult time.
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Kansas is our featured state this week for the 50 States in 50 Weeks project!
Kansas is our featured state this week for the 50 States in 50 Weeks project!
Each week, NREA and the I Am A Rural Teacher Campaign share how vast rural America is.

Are you a Kansas rural teacher? Let's hear from you, Kansas Schools for Quality Education!

If you're from another state, your feature is coming soon, so submit today at http://bit.ly/iaartsubmit. Feel free to contact Hailey Winkleman, the NREA Advocacy Liaison for this campaign, at iaartcampaign@gmail.com with any questions about submitting your story.

We are also asking rural communities to share how COVID-19 is impacting them and how teachers and teacher-leaders are adapting. You can share yours here: bit.ly/iaartcovid
U.S. Department of Education Use of Grant Funds
U.S. Department of Education Use of Grant Funds
The attached Fact Sheet responds to select questions related to the use of grant funds from the U. S. Department of Education during the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
If you have additional questions or comments related to these questions and answers, please contact your Department program officers or send your questions to the following email address: COVID-19@ed.gov.
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New Research from NWEA Projects Major Academic Impacts from COVID-19 Closures for Students, Especially in Mathematics
New Research from NWEA Projects Major Academic Impacts from COVID-19 Closures for Students, Especially in Mathematics
PORTLAND, Ore., April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NWEA, a not-for-profit provider of assessment solutions, released today projections that current school closures due to the COVID-19 global pandemic could result in substantially lower achievement levels for students. The forecasts leveraged previous NWEA research on summer learning loss (also known as summer slide) and used a national sample of over five million students in grades 3-8 who took MAP® Growth™ assessments to estimate potential impacts of the COVID-19 related school closures.
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Rural broadband and telehealth critical to America's COVID-19 response by Richard Cullen
Rural broadband and telehealth critical to America's COVID-19 response by Richard Cullen
The spread of COVID-19 has presented many immense challenges for the nation, strained health care systems and left millions of Americans fearful and uncertain about their health care options and outlook.
Many American patients, especially those who do not have COVID-19 but are elderly or managing acute or long-term health challenges, would be better off avoiding crowded and overwhelmed facilities. As such, telehealth can play a vital role in keeping more Americans healthy and easing the stress on the capacity-strained health care system.
Recognizing the role telehealth can play in reducing patients’ potential exposure and helping reduce capacity burdens on health care facilities, Congress cleared barriers to greater usage of telehealth solutions in the early stages of its response to the crisis.
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Career Readiness Network
Career Readiness Network
The Southwest Region of Tennessee, in conjunction with The National Rural Education Association and the Tennessee Board of Regents, has developed the Career Resource Network to help strengthen economic development in rural communities within the region. This regional digital portal provides one-stop access to resources and tools for school, staff, parents, and students in Chester, Henderson, Decatur and Perry regions
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