The Rural Summit

What Makes the Rural Summit Special?

2021 A Virtual Rural Summit

2021 – the year we stayed home – has offered a unique opportunity for many of us to experience what it means to learn, work and grow from a single place. For the 2021 Rural College Access and Success Summit, we have decided to embrace this opportunity by holding it virtually. We are planning an event that will take advantage of digital technology’s capacity for connecting, sharing and inspiring each other.

We hope you will join us and use the opportunity to open a digital window on your community.

Save the Date:

April 26-30 from noon until 5 p.m. (EST)

More details coming in November. Please follow us on social media to receive updates.

The event will be co-hosted by Partners for Education and Campus Compact New Hampshire.

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.

November 2020: Sky and Geoff Marietta are rural educators and entrepreneurs whose experiences shaped their new book, Rural Education in America. We discuss their comprehensive framework for understanding the diversity and complexity of rural communities in the United States and for helping rural educators implement and evaluate successful place-based programs.

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