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Resource Guide - Homelessness and Poverty Among Students

Tulane University’s School of Social Work just released a resource guide for parents and teachers on homelessness and poverty among students. It sounds so unbelievable, yet reports have shown that more than a third of students struggle to avoid hunger and lack stable housing.

How are students and kids expected to grow and do well in school without adequate food and housing? This guide includes links to resources and support for students and children facing hunger, poverty, or lacking stable housing.

This resource highlights a number of other alarming statistics as well as valuable resources including:

  • Effective methods to alleviate student poverty and homelessness
  • Top mental and physical health issues homeless students face, with resources to get help
  • Essential tips for parents and teachers to help kids find resources

For more information, we encourage you to visit our Resources page.

2018–2019 NREA Graduate Student SIG Officer Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a 2018–2019 NREA Graduate Student SIG Officer. The positions on the NREA Graduate Student SIG are ones of great leadership, commitment, and privilege in serving our community of fellow graduate students. This application has two parts— an application form (including four short answer questions) and a recommendation form for a faculty or staff member to complete. Please submit your completed application form to NREA Graduate Student SIG  in Word and PDF format. The recommender should submit the completed recommendation form, in PDF format to NREA Graduate Student SIG. Once the student submits all applications, the current SIG officers will review them, ratify the qualification of each applicant, and create a voting slate to send to NREA. All applicants for the graduate student SIG must be current graduate level students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. All officers must be NREA members and will serve for one full year with the option to apply for a position the following year. Please check out our application timeline below.

  • Applications Distributed: July 11, 2018 
  • Applications Due: August 3, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. EST 
  • Notifications: August 31, 2018 

If you have any questions about elections procedures please feel free to contact us.

NREA Graduate Student SIG Officers

National Forum to Advance Rural Education

For most rural school districts in this country, collaboration is not a choice; it is a necessity. Collaboration helps to elevate the voice of rural districts, uplift and empower isolated educators, administrators, and students, and leverage limited resources to tackle big issues. 

In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association (NREA) will host the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education. For more information on sponsorship, forum dates, and networking benefits please feel free to read the National Forum to Advance Rural Education Flyer.

2018 NREA Annual Convention

Mark your calendars for the 2018 NREA National Forum to Advance Rural Education! The conference will be Thursday, October 11, 2018, through Friday, October 13, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. Please visit our Convention and Research page for updates.