The Rural Summit

What Makes the Rural Summit Special?

One of the few national convenings to focus on rural America, the Rural College Access and Success Summit brings together teachers, principals, superintendents, higher education leaders, legislators, and non-profit leaders to share ideas and strategies for ensuring that rural youth have the opportunity to successfully transition from high school to college and career.

With participants from Maine to Alaska and Washington to Louisiana, the Summit represents the real diversity of rural communities and provides a unique opportunity for practitioners to learn from peers who face similar challenges.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future Summits, please email ruralsummit@berea.edu.

The 2021 Summit will be held in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 25-28.

To learn more about past Summits, please see the information below highlighting the 2018 and 2019 events.

CONVERSATIONS FOR ACTION

While Covid-19 has limited the ability of rural educators to connect in traditional ways, Partners for Education has committed to creating opportunities to continue sharing ideas, experience, and practical advice for improving educational opportunities in rural communities. Each month we will host a webinar featuring a conversation with people committed to serving the needs of rural students.

Click here to register for upcoming events.

Click images below to view previous webinars or you can listen to our podcast version on iTunes, Spotify or by downloading here.

September 2020: This month’s conversation examines the challenges and opportunities of college advising in rural high schools that have gone virtual. Dreama was joined by Steve Fouse Director of Student Success, and Paige Cyrus, Student Success Advisor, from Ozarks Technical Community College.

August 2020: Rural schools face a variety of challenges related to college access. On this show, guests Darryl Lester and Rosa Moreno explore how AmeriCorps can play a key role in creating pathways to educational success.

The slides used in the presentation can be downloaded here. To learn more about the potential of service years to support rural communities, please see this whitepaper.

Photos of Dr. Andrea Kane and Dr. Robert Balfanz

July 2020: This month’s conversation focuses on how schools can use existing early warning systems to help address the social, emotional, and academic needs of students during Covid-19.

For a copy of Dr. Balfanz’s presentation, click here.

Photos of Luke Hodson and Andrew Moe

June 2020: A conversation about how Covid-19 will impact the enrollment and retention of rural students at postsecondary institutions. Host Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education was joined by Dr. Andrew Moe and Luke Hodson.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2018-2019 SUMMITS

The Student Voice Team spoke as a plenary during the 2018 summit.
The Student Voice Team spoke as a plenary during the 2018 summit.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, shakes hands with Berea College President Lyle Roelofs before her speech.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, shakes hands with Berea College President Lyle Roelofs before her speech.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, with Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education executive director.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, with Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education executive director.
Partners and co-hosts of the summit connected with attendees.
Partners and co-hosts of the summit connected with attendees.
Ranjit Sidhu, president & CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), discusses rural education challenges and successes with Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College.
Ranjit Sidhu, president & CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), discusses rural education challenges and successes with Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College.
Plenary speaker Hasan Davis, J.D. signs his book for attendees.
Plenary speaker Hasan Davis, J.D. signs his book for attendees.

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Questions about the Summit? Contact Becky Phelps at 859-985-3394