College of Education & Human Services


Future Teachers Visit Day 
Co-hosted the annual Future Teachers Visit Day with the University Committee for Educator Preparation (UCEP) for prospective students.

Conferences & Workshops
Fall 2023: Dr. Jim LaPrad co-hosted a listening session as a part of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce with a focus on learning how rural leaders characterize the important work that needs to be done on this topic.

Fall 2022: Senior Darrin Ross (9-12th Grades English Education) presented Rethinking Rural Reform: How Short-Term Solutions Ignore Causations at the National Rural Education Association (NREA) Convention and Research Symposium.

Session Description: Rural  reform measures often involve stimulating private business growth or establishing competitive grant programs in the hopes of revitalizing communities. However, as population levels continue to decrease along with vital socioeconomic necessities, it seems unlikely that these issues will disappear with such short-term  solutions. ‘Band-aid’ level programs and legislations do li ttle to address the macro-level concerns of rural communities and sch ools. This research aims to critique the popular approach to rural reform. Instead, we suggest measures that directly address the impacts that capitalism, corporatization of agriculture, and federal and state funding have on rural commu nities and schools.


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