Rural Education Conference Set for April 3-4, 2013

Last Updated: January 15, 2013

The National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed) will assemble researchers, practitioners and policymakers from across the country to discuss the factors influencing rural K-12 students' academic success at a conference to be held April 3-4, 2013, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Titled Connect-Inform-Advance, the conference will foster dialogue about the interrelated impacts of teaching, family engagement and school environment on rural students. Participants will explore recent research findings, examine current issues and collaboratively chart future directions for schools and education policy.

Connect-Inform-Advance will feature several moderated panel presentations, each of which will include representatives from the research, practice and policy communities. Small-group roundtable discussions will follow the presentations, giving attendees the opportunity to engage in dialogue while providing and receiving real-time reaction through a conference-specific Twitter feed. The conference will include keynote addresses from Roger Breed, Nebraska's commission of education, and Cindy McIntee, past president of the National Rural Education Association. John White, deputy secretary for rural outreach at the U.S. Department of Education, will also give a special address.

R2Ed researchers will provide an overview of several ongoing studies conducted by the center. In addition to considering the implications of these intervention- and professional development-focused studies, teachers who have participated in the projects will offer insights into their experiences.

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