Attendees

October 12–14, 2017

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CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE FORUM? CONSIDER JOINING US VIRTUALLY.
While face-to-face peer sharing provides the most powerful experience for learning and networking at an event, we recognize that timing and travel may not be convenient for everyone. This year, we are pleased to offer a virtual attendee option where you can experience a variety of event presentations and resources from your computer or device. A selection of keynote, general, research, and learning sessions will be recorded throughout the event and made available following the event.

Benefits

  • Participate in professional learning around rural education despite schedule and budget constraints
  • View featured session recordings following the event
  • Access presenter materials and presentations
  • Engage virtually with other attendees via social media using the Twitter hashtag #RuralEdForum
 

Keynote and General Session Speakers

Thursday, October 12

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MARA CASEY TIEKEN
Author & Assistant Professor, Bates College

Mara Casey Tieken is an assistant professor of education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Her research focuses on racial and educational equity in rural schools and communities. Her book, Why Rural Schools Matter, an ethnographic study of two rural southern communities, examines how rural schools define and sustain their surrounding communities. She is currently working on a multi-year project, supported by a grant from the Spencer Foundation that explores the college aspirations, transitions, and persistence of rural, first-generation students. Mara also studies community organizing for education reform and works with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, where she supports organizing efforts in rural New England. Mara is the 2016 recipient of the Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. Before receiving her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mara taught elementary school in rural Tennessee.

Friday, October 13

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BRAD FOUNTAIN
Director of Instructional Implementation, Discovery Education

Brad is a passionate educator with more than 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3–5 multi-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet-based web resources. He launched one of the first technology-based professional development programs in North Carolina in the early 2000's. He also served as administrator of the North Carolina Model School of Technology. Since joining Discovery he helped launch the Discovery Educator Network and served on the front lines during the development of Discovery Education's Techbook services. Always looking to continue to push the envelope, he has worked with schools and school districts on engaging students through dynamic instructional practices that meet them where they with technology.


2017–2018 RURAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Watch the 2017–2018 Rural Teacher of the Year be awarded and deliver luncheon remarks.

Saturday, October 14

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JON SMITH
Apple Distinguished Educator & Technology Integration Specialist, Alliance City School District

Jon's classes on iBook projects have attracted attention for their global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. He recently organized six global iBook projects in which classrooms from around the world wrote and published iBooks. Prior to moving into technology integration, Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years.

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