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Montana is our featured state this week for the 50 States in 50 Weeks project!
Montana 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 Montana rural teacher? Let's hear from you, Montana Rural Education Association and Montana Small Schools Association!

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
Whippoorwill Award
Whippoorwill Award
The Whippoorwill Award recognizes high-quality young adult literature that has a rural focus. The Whippoorwill Award was recently awarded to ten books published in 2019. You can read more about the award and this year’s winners at The Rural Educator, journal of the National Rural Education Association. There you will find summaries and discussion questions for each of this year’s honorees.
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Boardworks Education: Distance Learning for Rural Schools
Boardworks Education: Distance Learning for Rural Schools
How can we create equitable learning in a connected world? Join for a great conversation and door prizes.


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Rural Matters Podcast
Rural Matters Podcast
Michelle chats with Dr. Allen Pratt, executive director of the National Rural Education Association, about how rural schools are responding to the pandemic on a variety of fronts, including the establishment of food programs for students in rural areas through delivery and pickup locations where contact is limited.as much as possible. As far as remote learning is concerned, both NREA and school districts have established e-learning programs, utilizing Zoom and other technology, and have coordinated delivery of educational packets to students. Regarding legislation to help students, Dr. Pratt notes the CARES Act include $13.9 billion for released to states and onto schools. That’s not really enough to support students in areas without broadband or cell connections, according to Dr. Pratt. The biggest gap involves this connectivity issue, where everyone should have access to Internet service. Hopefully we will use time to establish equitable opportunity in this area, both Michelle and Dr. Pratt agree. This episode is sponsored by Partners in Education at Berea College. To learn more, visit berea.edu/pfe or email J. Morgan at morganjoh@berea.edu, and by the National Rural Education Association, www.nrea.org.
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Free Tech for Learning
Free Tech for Learning
STE & EdSurge are curating a list of free products offered by companies and organizations to support learning during extended school closures. Search the directory below to explore what products will best support your needs.
If your edtech company is offering a free resource during this health crisis, please submit your product details here.
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K-State Online Teacher Education Pathways
K-State Online Teacher Education Pathways


We’ve also added a certificate for online teaching as an option. https://coe.k-state.edu/academics/certificates/k-12-online-teaching.html

We also have a highly rated and popular Masters of Teaching (MAT) program all online for those with other degrees.
DISTRICT RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS: LINDSAY UNIFIED, CALIFORNIA
DISTRICT RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS: LINDSAY UNIFIED, CALIFORNIA
In a Monday meeting on March 16, 2020, the school board of Lindsay Unified School District, a 100% Title 1 PK-12 district of 4,100 students in rural California, decided to close the buildings the coming Wednesday. Superintendent Tom Rooney, who has led the district for eight years, reassured his community, “the buildings have closed, but the learning continues.” In this interview with Transcend, Melissa Hawkins, the district’s Coordinator of Educational Systems and Programs, explains how learning continuity takes place, and the crucial importance of March 17th in supporting this continuity. [Note: Lindsay’s students are called learners, and adults are called learning facilitators.]
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Kathryn Vaughn, Tipton County, Tennessee Teaching Art in the Covid-19 Environment
Kathryn Vaughn, Tipton County, Tennessee Teaching Art in the Covid-19 Environment
"I teach visual art to 800 rural title 1 elementary students. My school has yet to issue any teach from home mandates. Many of my students do not have devices or WiFi at home. I myself do not have a working computer at home or any art supplies. Rural schools are desperately underfunded and I work several additional jobs to make up what my teacher pay doesn’t cover. Without my 2nd-3rd jobs right now, I won’t be able to afford WiFi for my home much longer. I am so worried."
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