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Sign up Today for Groundbreaking Webinar

We wanted to tell you about an exciting new webinar that we’re supporting as a marketing partner and that you’re absolutely going to want to attend.

This new webinar is Totally Rural Webinar #1: Education, Health & Business in 2017: What the Feds, States & Trend-Setters Are Planning for Rural America. It’s presented by the Totally Rural Podcast, the leading podcast on rural issues in the United States, in cooperation with the National Rural Education Association, Center for Rural Affairs, American Farm Bureau Federation, and American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

The webinar takes place on July 26, 2017, 12:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern, and you don’t have to leave your office or home to attend. You’ll find out about the latest developments in federal and state policy; success stories and trendsetters in rural health, education, and business; and learn about what we expect to happen in the next six months on rural issues that affect what you do every day.

Speakers include: David Ardrey, executive director, Illinois Rural and Small Schools; Jon Bailey, director, Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network; Dena Beck, loan specialist and senior project leader, Rural Assistance Project, Center for Rural Affairs; Jason Bell, executive board member, Tennessee Rural Education Association; Heather Dimeris, deputy associate administrator for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources & Services Administration; Daisy Dyer Duerr, host, Totally Rural Podcast; Amanda Freeman, senior counsel, Telemedicine Wellness, Intervention, Triage and Referral Project (TWITR), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Jennifer Martin Principal, Apalachee High School, Winder, Georgia; Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA: The School Superintendents Association, and Tyler Vacha, director, development, engagement, and operations, Center for Rural Affairs.

Reserve your spot today by visiting the Totally Rural website.

Here’s the bonus: As a member or affiliate of this organization, you’ll receive a 25 percent discount on your registration fee by using promotion code NRE. That’s in addition to the early bird discount for registering by June 30. This is an incredible offer, and you’ll want to take advantage of this immediately. 

If you have any questions about the webinar, contact the Totally Rural podcast producer, Michael Levin-Epstein via e-mail or by calling (301) 279-2299.

National Education Foundation Guiding NREA Rural Districts With Support For QZAB

The National Education Foundation is guiding NREA rural districts with support for QZAB.

Registration Information for the 2017 Conference

Listed here, you will find all the registration details for our 2017 conference.

Registration Fees
These registration fees include your breakfast and lunch.

  • Early bird rate through June 30, 2017: $299
  • After June 30, 2017: $350

You may pay by credit card, check, or purchase order. Make purchase orders and checks payable to:

  • Battelle for Kids
    1160 Dublin Road, Suite 500
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Please indicate "Rural Forum" on your check or purchase order.

Questions?
We invite you to e-mail us with any questions you may have.

Graduate Credit
One and two hours of graduate credit will be available to attendees who participate in all days of the forum. We will have details available onsite.

Accommodations

  • Marriott & Residence Inn Columbus
    University Area
    3100 Olentangy River Road
    Columbus, Ohio, 43202
    (614) 447-9777

Our event rate is $169 per night plus fees and taxes. Reserve your room by phone and reference NREA/Battelle for Kids to obtain the discounted rate. Please note that this is the only hotel that will be providing complimentary shuttle service to and from the event, additional event activities such as a reception and auction on Thursday evening, and our closing.

National Rural Education Association Research Network

During the research committee meeting at the recent NREA conference, we discussed the possibility of creating a directory of rural researchers and potential partners related to the areas identified in the NREA research agenda. 

We believe that such a directory would be beneficial both for internal and external purposes. Once created, the directory will reside (as a pdf) on our website where members, other researchers, graduate students, advocates, leaders of national organizations could readily access it. We hope to facilitate connections among researchers and other partners with similar interests. 

To include your information in the directory, complete the online Google form. The form will be available through April 30, 2017.

Please see the NREA Research Agenda. For our practitioner and advocacy partners, please indicate your interests below. We would love to connect with you to further rural education. 

If you have any questions about the form or the membership directory, please feel free to contact by e-mail Dr. Nicole Miller.

2017 Call for Exhibitors Now Open

This event is a unique opportunity to advance conversations around rural education and prosperity through collaborative action. Connect with more than 500 rural education leaders who can make decisions on the products and services they purchase.

Exhibit dates: October 12–13, 2017, at the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University. 

Second floor booths include:

  • One 6' table and two chairs
  • Standard black drapery and piping
  • Electricity and Wi-Fi
  • Two full days of exhibit time (October 12 and 13)
  • A dedicated on-site exhibitor representative
  • Two conference registrations (includes breakfasts, lunches, and snacks)
  • Logo featured in the printed program
  • Inclusion in Guidebook, our virtual program and event app
  • Logo displayed in the conference slideshow (plays during all general sessions)

Cost: Single booth is $600 and a double booth is $1,000

  • If selecting a double booth, enter the code: DOUBLE2

Third floor booths include:

  • One 6' table and two chairs
  • Electricity and Wi-Fi
  • Two full days of exhibit time (October 12 and 13)
  • A dedicated on-site exhibitor representative
  • Two conference registrations (includes breakfasts, lunches, and snacks)
  • Logo featured in the printed program
  • Inclusion in Guidebook, our virtual program and event app
  • Logo displayed in the conference slideshow (plays during all general sessions)

Cost: Single booth is $500 and a double booth is $850

  • If selecting a double booth, enter the code: DOUBLE3

Please contact Allen Pratt by e-mail for more information.

2017 National Forum To Advance Rural Education

This year the National Rural Education Association (NREA) and Battelle for Kids will partner together to host the 2017 Rural Education National Forum and 109th NREA Convention and Research Symposium on October 12-14, 2017, at The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. By joining together, we are able to expand each organization’s annual event by bringing more education organizations and leaders together to advance conversations and greater impact around rural education.

Last year, more than 500 attendees from 40 states attended the event. Attendees got to hear from leading experts and practitioners around topics at the forefront of rural education, and were paid a visit from John B. King, Jr., the United States secretary of education, along with other dynamic keynote presenters.

Learn more and register now.