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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-7304 fax

Rural Education Summit

The inaugural Rural Education Summit will be an event to strengthen partnerships between the K-State College of Education, the Rural Education Center, and rural schools in Kansas.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Leadership Studies Building, Kansas State University

(See Schedule below)


Online Registration

Registration Fee:

  • Before June 10, 2019: $75.00
    (includes program materials, morning refreshments, and lunch)
  • After June 10, 2019: $100.00
    (lunch availability not guaranteed)

On-Campus Parking Permit

Purchase Online

Use the link above to purchase your permit. To create an account, click on Sign Up in the upper right-hand side of screen. Once there you will be asked for an email, your first and last name, and to create a password. If you already have an account, use your email address and password to access your account and order your permit.

The permit is to be printed out and used to park on campus. If you are parking in the garage, scan the special barcode on the permit to enter and exit the garage for the event. If you are parking outside the garage, the permit needs to be placed on the dashboard of your vehicle and be clearly visible.

Hotel Reservations

    • Bluemont Hotel
      • Single Room – $102; Double Room – $102
      • Call 785-473-7091 (mention Rural Education Summit)
Holiday Inn at the Campus
    • Single Room – $115; Double Room – $115
    • Call 785-539-7531 (mention Rural Education Summit or code RUR)
  • All guest rooms are subject to state and local taxes (currently 15.95%) per room, per night.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jerry Johnson
Dr. Jerry Johnson

Dr. Jerry Johnson is Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and the Lydia E. Skeen Professor in Education at Kansas State University.

The author of more than 50 publications in rural education, educational policy, and school-based leadership, Johnson has testified before state legislatures, presented research briefings on Capitol Hill, and contributed to the development of state and federal legislation and regulations regarding the funding and operation of public schools and the preparation of teachers and leaders. His research has been supported by external funding from the Institute for Education Sciences, state departments of education, private foundations, and local school districts. His professional awards include the 2017 Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Rural Education Award from the National Rural Education Association, and current leadership roles include serving as an Advisory Board Member for the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Rural Education. A former high school English teacher and high school principal, Johnson also served from 2003-2007 as policy research director for the Rural School and Community Trust, a national non-profit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. Johnsonconsults regularly with universities and ministries of education in the Middle East on leadership development and higher education reform initiatives.

Dr. Hobart Harmon
Dr. Hobart Harmon

Dr. Hobart Harmon is Leader of Strategic Advancement at an intermediate unit in Pennsylvania that includes 35 school districts. He is co-director of the Institute for the Advancement of Research, Innovation, and Practice at the University of Central Florida, where he holds an appointment as Graduate Faculty Scholar in the College of Graduate Studies. Among the nation’s leading experts on public education in rural America, Dr. Harmon directed two investing in innovation (i3) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He has served in three positions as a state department of education official, including Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools. He has also been a high school agriculture teacher, university visiting professor, senior search and development specialist in a Regional Educational Laboratory, director of a national rural education specialty network, associate director and acting director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, and vice-chair of a state Rural Development Council.

He has provided expertise to several of the nation’s most important rural school improvement initiatives and or reports, including projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Association of State Boards of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, and National Dropout Prevention Center. He has received the NREA’s Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Rural Education Research Award and the E. Robert Stephen’s Award of the Association of Educational Service Agencies for distinguished research and writing in promoting the understanding of regional education programs. Dr. Harmon, author of numerous articles, serves on editorial boards of The Rural Educatorand the Journal of Research in Rural Education.

Dr. Allen Platt
Dr. Allen Pratt

Dr. Allen Pratt currently serves as the executive director of the National Rural Education Association. He has served as a high school science teacher and coach, a high school principal, assistant superintendent/curriculum director, executive director of the Tennessee Rural Education Association, executive director of the East Tennessee Center of Regional Excellence for the Tennessee Department of Education, and rural outreach liaison for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.

His primary interests are those issues which impact rural schools and the role of instructional leaders at the district and building levels. He is also involved at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Education and Educational Leadership.


8:00-8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:30-8:50 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions

  • KSU College of Education Dean Debbie Mercer
  • Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson

8:50-9:00 a.m. – Rural Education Center (Director J. Spencer Clark)

9:00-9:35 a.m. – Keynote

  • Four Durable Issues in Rural Education
    Jerry Johnson, Incoming Chair of KSU College of Education Department of Educational Leadership

9:35-10:10 a.m. – Keynote

  • Creating Education Innovations for Rural Communities
    Hobart Harmon, Leader of Strategic Advancement, Intermediate Unit 8

10:10-10:25 a.m. – Break

10:30-11:10 a.m. – Session Set I

  • Grant Writing (Room 126)
  • Valuable But Inexpensive Professional Development (Room 112)
  • Project/Problem-Based Learning (Town Hall Room 114)
  • Teacher Vacancies and Pre-Service Teachers (Room 113)
  • Social/Emotional Wellness (Room 127)

11:15-11:40 a.m. – Session Set II

  • Achieving on a Budget (Room 126)
  • Online Distance Learning Programs (Room 112)
  • Migrant Education in Rural Settings (Room 113)
  • Redesign: Lessons Learned (Town Hall Room 114)
  • Summer/After-School Programs (Room 127)

11:50 a.m.-1:20 p.m. – Lunch/Continue the Conversations

  • Introduction – J. Spencer Clark
  • Keynote
    Rural Schools and Communities: Successes and Challenges
    Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Education Association

1:20-1:30 p.m. – Break

1:30-1:45 p.m. – Undergraduate Online Pathways to Licensure; MAT Program

1:45-1:50 p.m. – Ed.D. Program

1:50-2:00 p.m. – KATA (Kansas Advanced Teacher Academy); Virtual Interviewing

2:00-2:15 p.m. – Rural Education Center

2:15-2:30 p.m. – Wrap Up

  • What's Next
  • Evaluation
  • KSU's Famous Call Hall Ice Cream


J. Spencer Clark

Lori Goodson
Assistant Director