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Thursday, June 30, 2005


Blog Statistics for June 2005

A quick note, there were another twenty-two visits to the Rural Education special interest group of AERA's blog website during the month of June. This brings the total to 87 since the counter was added on 04 April 2005.

To date, al of these visitors have been from Canada or the United States. It appears that Google and Technorati have brought most of these visitors our way.

The two most popular pages during the past month were Report: In Alberta - Rural High Schools Have Higher Graduation Rates and Important Notice: AERA Web Site Availability.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Important Notice: AERA Web Site Availability

Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 18:21:59

Dear AERA Members,

We're writing to inform you of a scheduled outage for the AERA web site (https://punts1.cc.uga.edu/wm/mail/www.aera.net). The site will be unavailable from midnight, Friday, June 17 through 5:00 A.M., Monday, June 20 (EDT). The 2006 Annual Meeting Submission System will also be unavailable during this time. The host for https://punts1.cc.uga.edu/wm/mail/www.aera.net will be moving to a new data center with increased bandwidth and redundancy. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Best Regards,

Robert Nedbal
Director of IT and Web Services
American Educational Research Association

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005


The New Landscape of Small Schools

Source: WestEd's R&D Alert

Not quite rural education, but still focused upon small schools...

"The six-story, 2,600-student Julia Richman High School, where in the early 1990s a mere third of students earned diplomas and truancy and crime were rampant, no longer exists. In its place is New York City’s Julia Richman Education Complex, which houses four autonomous high schools, a middle school, and an elementary school — none enrolling more than a few hundred students. The graduation rates of its high schools average over 90 percent, and college attendance rates are similar."

For the remainder of the article, see http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/rd-05-01.pdf (pp. 6-8).

Also, sign up for your free copy of the R&D Alert at http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/776

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Monday, June 06, 2005


Report: In Alberta - Rural High Schools Have Higher Graduation Rates

Source: Calgary Herald - Canada

"According to the Fraser Institute's annual Report Card on Alberta's High Schools, rural students in 2003-04 were far more likely to earn diplomas than those at urban schools, especially if they attended a K-12 school. While the researchers did not analyze causal factors, a spokeswoman for Alberta Education theorized rural students have less distractions and do not get part-time jobs as early as city children. "

Taken from ASCD Smart Brief

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Saturday, June 04, 2005


Important Opportunities and Calls

From the E-Mail Box of the Executive Director

Important Opportunities and Calls

June 1, 2005

Dear AERA Members:

June 1 not only is a good proxy for the start of the summer season but also is "Opening Day" for submitting proposals for the 2006 Annual Meeting. Although the 2005 Annual Meeting is just barely behind us, we are already looking ahead to a meeting of excellence on April 8-12, 2006 (Saturday - Wednesday). With the theme, Education Research in the Public Interest, and a Program led by Chair William Tate and President Gloria Ladson-Billings, please hone your good ideas and submit proposals for consideration by Divisions, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and Committees.

The 2006 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals is posted on the AERA website at http://www.aera.net/annualmeeting/?id=695, and is printed in the May issue of the Educational Researcher, also available online. The online submission closes on August 1 and 2, depending on receiving unit. Please prepare your papers and plan your sessions well ahead of the deadline. Also, the online submission system is available for proposals for Professional Development and Training Courses, as specified in the Call.

Planning an Annual Meeting of the size and scope of AERA's starts well over a year in advance. To assist in our planning for 2006 and beyond, we are actively seeking information about the experiences and views of Annual Meeting registrants. All Meeting registrants (who have provided e-mail addresses) will be receiving soon the 2005 Annual Meeting Survey. It is a short, anonymous survey that will assist us in learning directly about attendees' views and preferences to facilitate our future planning. We ask all members who were at the 2005 Annual Meeting to help us by a response.

I also wanted to call to your attention and seek your help with other important AERA activities that might fit your interests or those of others you know. First and foremost, please spread the word that AERA is partnering on new Postdoctoral Training Initiatives with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The deadline for the first competition is June 15, 2005, with a summer review and the opportunity to commence postdoctoral appointments as early as Fall 2005. A description of these initiatives and the applications are on the website at http://www.aera.net/fellowships/?id=57.

Lastly, I want to mention the Call for Handbook Proposals in Education Research. As announced on the AERA website, the Association is launching a new series to be published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. The first deadline for Handbook proposals is July 1, 2005. The Call for Proposals and the Guidelines for preparation of proposals are on the AERA website at http://www.aera.net/publications/?id=708. This initiative operates under the auspices of the AERA Books Editorial Board chaired by Cherry McGee Banks.

These four activities in many respects capture what the Association is doing to serve its members and the field of education research. A vibrant Annual Meeting, a robust publications program, building research capacity in the next generation of scholars, and seeking your feedback and guidance in the process (through, on this occasion, a survey) are activities at the heart of AERA. Please note these deadlines and heed these Calls.

Warm regards,

Felice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005


Shared Technology Fortifies Rural Education

Published on Monday, May 30, 2005 - 11:20 PM PST
Source: eSchool News

"Mired in poverty and persistently understaffed, rural school systems across the nation increasingly are turning to distance education to provide more opportunities for more students.

Now, a new report from the nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust (RSCT) suggests distance education is at its best when clusters of small schools pool their resources in efforts to bolster staff, procure funding, and create more choices for ambitious learners. "

Read the full story at http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=5677

Taken from Distance-Educator.com Daily News

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