Rural Education Working Group 2009 Wrapup

Last Updated: May 15, 2009

Healthy Rural Schools, Healthy Rural Communities: 2009 REWG Brings Rural Education Activists Together

More than 100 rural education activists from 17 states gathered in North Carolina in April for the 8th annual Rural Education Working Group (REWG) national meeting.

REWG participants share their experiences working to strengthen their communities and schools.One of the main goals of the REWG is to bring together rural community residents who are working to strengthen their schools and communities so they can share their work and learn from each other.

"To know that there are other people concerned like I am makes this a fantastic event. You can use a lot of this to take home to your communities," said Clara Henderson of North Carolina.

Those opportunities for learning from each other have proven year after year to be the experiences REWG participants identify as most valuable to them.

The 2009 REWG offered 13 workshops, many led by rural activists, on topics of particular concern to rural schools and communities. There were also opportunities to learn about the varied rural cultures of North Carolina and enjoy the beautiful setting in the North Carolina mountains.

Rural Trust shares some of the REWG experience here. You can download documents from REWG workshops, view photos of the event, and post questions or share comments by clicking the "comment" button at the end of each section of coverage.

Read coverage of the 2009 REWG in Rural Policy Matters.

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2009 REWG AgendaDownload the meeting program, with descriptions on most workshops.

Download selected handouts and PowerPoint presentations from REWG workshops. All documents are available as PDFs.
Note: Some workshops were discussion or activity based and do not have downloadable materials.

Visit the 2009 REWG Photo Gallery.

For more information on the Rural Education Working Group, go to REWG 2008: Workshops With Links to Selected Materials, which reviews the 2008 Conference.