Rural Education Summit

2021 Virtual Summit – Homegrown Solutions

The 2021 Rural Education Summit was held virtually on Friday, March 26.

Focus: Recruitment, Reinforcement, and Retention

Key Speakers

  • K-State College of Education Dean Debbie Mercer
  • Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson
  • K-State assistant professor Tuan Nguyen

2021 Rural Education Summit Schedule (PDF)

Strengthening Partnerships

The annual Rural Education Summit strengthens partnerships between the K-State College of Education, the Rural Education Center, and rural schools in Kansas.

The summit's interdisciplinary approach capitalizes on K-State's unique position to address issues affecting rural communities because of its connections and credibility: the commitment to application and practice that comes with being a land-grant institution; access to rural areas; and real and meaningful relationships between the academy and practitioners.

One of the summit’s goals is to serve as a connector, identifying needs and focusing the College of Education's efforts with rural schools. It also commits to a collaboration between the departments of curriculum and instruction and educational leadership.

Rural Community Connection

Dr. Jerry Johnson speaks at the inaugural summit

Rural Education Center

J. Spencer Clark

Lori Goodson
Assistant Director