NSBA Rural Education Virtual Summit

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Join us for an online gathering dedicated to addressing unique challenges and opportunities in rural education. Participants will hear thought-provoking discussions and learn innovative strategies to foster a supportive network that empowers rural communities to enhance educational outcomes and promote equitable access to quality education.

Schedule (as of 11/16/23)

1– 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Wednesday, Dec.13

1 – 2 p.m. Building Foundations That Empower Education in Rural Communities
2 – 2:15 p.m. Break 
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Unlocking Potential: Panel Discussion Addressing Educational Challenges in Rural Communities
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Stories from the Field — Revitalizing Rural Education: Insights and Innovations for Success


  • Building Foundations That Empower Education in Rural Communities

    Led by national leaders from NSBA and state school boards associations, this session will outline the crucial components that form the bedrock of educational support in rural communities, exploring strategies to cultivate knowledge and empower individuals in remote areas. By examining key trends and unique challenges and opportunities in these communities, presenters will share insights into building robust foundations for education and navigating the landscape of learning in rural communities. The session will highlight the essential elements required to empower individuals and communities for a brighter educational future.

    Frank Henderson, Immediate Past-President, National School Boards Association (NSBA), Board Member, USD 345, Topeka, KS
    Tiffany Jackson, Director of Membership Services, Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)
    Sue Ceglowski, Esq., Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA)
    Steven Bailey, Executive Director, Maine School Boards Association (MSBA)

  • Unlocking Potential: Panel Discussion Addressing Educational Challenges in Rural Communities

    Join national experts and thought leaders to address the intricate educational challenges prevalent in rural communities. This session delves into the unique obstacles faced by schools in remote areas, exploring issues such as limited access to resources, teacher recruitment and retention, and the impact of socioeconomic factors on educational outcomes. Our distinguished panelists will share innovative strategies, successful case studies, and forward-thinking solutions to bridge the educational divide in rural settings and empower rural communities to unlock the full potential of every learner.

    Stephanie Thompson, President, Farmington Municipal Schools (NM) Board of Education Western Regional
    Emily Smith, School Board Member, Helix School District Board of Directors (OR)
    Bill Biermann, Superintendent of Schools, Goodland USD 352 (KS)
    John Wittler, President Vilas School Board (CO); Past president Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB); Executive Director of Ogallala Commons; President and Lead Consultant Vanguard Strategic

  • Stories from the Field: Revitalizing Rural Education — Insights and Innovations for Success

    The promise of public education is for every child to succeed in school and life. To realize this promise, education leaders must actively advocate for every child to be given resources, supports, and interventions based on their needs. This session will feature rural education experts and school board members from across the country sharing their personal journeys and inspirational stories to highlight the importance of equitable outcomes for each student in our communities.

    Dr. Holly Norton, CO State Archaeologist & Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer