Grinnell College is hosting Iowa’s first-ever Rural Education Summit Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, 2014. Nearly 100 K-12 educators, leaders in the field of rural education, and education majors from Grinnell and other colleges will gather to discuss issues facing rural school systems.

Among the featured speakers is Kai Schafft, director of Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities.

Summit topics include:

  • The challenges of recruiting teachers
  • Consolidation
  • Increased poverty

A full schedule and registration information are online.

The Summit is sponsored by Grinnell’s new program on Careers in Education Professions. The program is designed to encourage students to consider long-term careers as teachers and to bring added prestige to the field.

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