Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA) seeks dynamic workshop and breakout session proposals for its 2020 Annual Conference. Sessions should share best practices, solutions or research on this year’s theme of “Rural Proud.” Proposals are due by May 15.

While MREA will host the conference to continue providing high-quality professional educator development, the conference may be transitioned to an online format to protect attendee health and safety and align with state and federal health guidelines at the time. All presenters must be willing and able to present their session virtually. That could include submitting a web link to a pre-recorded session.

Proposals should help maximize educator learning and knowledge, focused on developing and sharing rural proud narratives from a position of strength and vitality. Submissions are encouraged in all context and focus areas at all experience levels.

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Focus Areas

Focus areas for the 2020 sessions include:

  • Family and community engagement and communication in COVID-19
  • Overcoming rural tech and Internet barriers in COVID-19
  • Supporting student resiliency and mental health through in-school and distance learning
  • Creating positive school climate and emotionally safe learning spaces during in-school and distance learning
  • Engaging children and families from communities of color and American Indian cultures
  • Partnerships that support rural school and community vitality
  • Creating pathways to teaching in Greater Minnesota
  • Topics that address mandatory requirements for Minnesota teacher license renewal