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Sunday, July 31, 2005


Rural Education in the News This Week

Here are some of the rural education headlines for this week:

If you know of any headlines, articles, or items that may be of interest to members of the SIG, please post them as a comment to this message.

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Monday, July 25, 2005


SIG Announcement Listserv

Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 16:43:34 -0400

Dear Dennis Mulcahy:

I am pleased to inform you that an announcement listserv has been set up for the Rural Education Special Interest Group. The purpose of the announcement listserv is to provide SIG Chairs an effective communications tool with which important information about the SIG and AERA can be communicated to SIG members in a timely manner.

The announcement listserv uses an e-mail distribution list of all current members of the Rural Education SIG. The list will be updated by the Central Office on a monthly basis to ensure that all new SIG members can be included. At the present time, only you as the SIG chair have authorized access to the announcement listserv.
Please note that the listserv is text-based, and is not conducive to large file attachments.

I hope this tool will provide an important means of communication with SIG members throughout the year. In using the listserv, please be mindful that the communications should be restricted to SIG-related business and sharing of information pertinent to the SIG. Finally, there is a companion piece to the announcement listserv, an open discussion listserv that is open to voluntary subscription by SIG members to enable ongoing discussion. If you are interested in finding out more about this discussion listserv, please let us know by e-mailing governance-at-aera-dot-net.

Best regards,

Phoebe H. Stevenson
Deputy Executive Director
American Educational Research Association

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Friday, July 22, 2005


More rural education in the news...

MU to receive Verizon grant to aid outreach to rural areas by Eric Fossell
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Verizon Communications will present a major grant to Marshall University today to help Marshall expand its educational reach into rural West Virginia communities, Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski said Tuesday.

The $250,000 grant, which will be matched by the state and Marshall for a total sum of $500,000, will be targeted toward "distance learning initiatives," Gierczynski said. He said it will be presented to Marshall’s June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2005


In the news this week...

A couple of articles that came through my inbox this past week discussing a court case that dealt with the funding of rural schools in Arkansas.

If you've seen rural education in the news elsewhere, let us know about it by posting a comment to this entry.

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Monday, July 18, 2005


2006 AERA Annual Meeting Submission Deadline

Good Evening,

The deadline for proposal submission for the AERA 2006 Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching. The submission of proposals to Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J will close on August 1. The deadline for submission of proposals is August 2 for Divisions K and L, and all Special Interest Groups. Do not wait, we urge you to submit your proposal as soon as possible to avoid any last minute rush.

We also encourage you to consider volunteering as a reviewer, session chair or discussant for the 2006 Program. To submit a proposal or to volunteer log on to the AERA Web Site at: www.aera.net or click on the following links:

Thank you for your support of the association and your profession by taking an active part in the 2006 AERA Annual Meeting.

Best regards,
Robert Smith, CMP, CMM
Director of Meetings
American Educational Research Association
1230 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

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Friday, July 15, 2005


New Center Added

If you click on the "Resources" link, you will note that we have added a new research center to the list. The Center on Rural Education and Communities at The Pennsylvania State University is designed "to conduct and support both research and outreach activities that address rural education and community-related issues in Pennsylvania, the nation and the world. "

From their mission statement, they believe that

In pursuing their mission, their major goals are:

Go on and take a look at a first class research facility devoted to rural education.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Newsletter Updates

You will note under the "Publications" link on the left hand side we have added volume 2, number 1 (i.e., Spring 2004) of the Rural Education SIG's newsletter. If you have copies of any of the volume 1 newsletters, please send them to mkb-at-uga-dot-edu so that we can add those to our collection.

Also, if you have any items for the Fall 2005 edition of the newsletter, please send it to sharon-dot-spall-at-wku-dot-edu by October 1, 2005.

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Sunday, July 10, 2005


Web Update

Bob Nedbal, Director of IT and Web Services for American Educational Research Association has updated the Rural Education SIG web site link on the main AERA site (see http://www.aera.net/).

You will also note the addition of two new links on the left-hand bar, placed there at Bob's request:

A link to the SIGs homepage

A link to press releases
He also mentioned that AERA will be adding a section called "Beyond AERA" which will include a variety of topics (added incrementally) on events, opportunities, meetings, other items of note related but outside of AERA in the very near future.

Finally, he noted "some very interesting" traffic from the AERA tag that is included at the bottom of each message (see http://technorati.com/tag/aera). For those of you that didn't know, essentially what these "tags" do is store all of the blog entries and Flickr photos that people upload on that particular subject. This allows someone interested in AERA to go to this tag and see all of the people that are blogging about AERA and what they are saying.

You will note that to date, most of the traffic has come from this blog site, but over the next few weeks I will be posting messages that discuss blogging and provide how to advice for people to get started with blogging. I would hope that from these entries, that others will start blogging and we can expand the conversation about rural education. To date, I have only been able to locate one other blog on rural education: Mr. Rural ED - Michael Arnold. As I find others, I will announce them and link them into our list (which I hope will start to grow).

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Friday, July 08, 2005


Special Update on 2006 Annual Meeting

Thursday, 7 July 2005 17:55:35

From the E-Mail Box of the Executive Director

Dear AERA Members:

As you know, the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is scheduled for San Francisco, California from April 8 to 12. Many of you may also be aware of, or be following, the ongoing labor situation in San Francisco regarding a dispute between the hotel management and the hotel workers' union. At its meeting on June 25th, AERA Council discussed the situation and asked staff to take a number of steps to urge both labor and management to achieve an expeditious settlement.

AERA President Gloria Ladson-Billings and I hope to be able to provide AERA members with a fuller briefing shortly after July 15, 2005. It is our impression that news articles about to be published on the San Francisco labor situation may refer to several of the research societies with Annual Meetings scheduled for San Francisco in 2006, including AERA. We want you to know that the staff and officers of the Association are urging that the dispute be resolved and are aware that we need to take steps to ensure a viable Annual Meeting if current conditions in San Francisco do not change quite soon.

Please be assured that we will notify you, our members, about this situation and 2006 Annual Meeting planning as soon as we have more definitive information. We will provide further updates later in the month. In the meantime, please work on preparing your individual and session proposals for the 2006 Annual Meeting. The submission deadlines of August 1 and 2, 2005 are sooner than they may seem. Also, please consider volunteering to serve as a reviewer or as a session chair or discussant. The 2006 theme, Education Research in the Public Interest, certainly is most timely for our research community and for the publics we serve.

With best wishes for the summer season,
FeliceFelice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director

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Thursday, July 07, 2005


From the News

Some items that Google Alert service brought to my attention this week on the issue of rural education...
Check back again later, as we are always adding new content. In addition, if you come across anything that may be of interest to members of the Rural Education SIG, please send it to me at mkb-at-uga-dot-edu.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005


Blog Entries on Rural Issues

In doing a quick trackback search this evening, I came across an entry at another blog dealing with rural education issues:

Hope this of interest to you and if you know of other entries on rural education, please send them my way or post them as a comment to this message.

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Saturday, July 02, 2005


Education Review Publishes Brief Reviews for July 2005

Taken from CCSE listserv ccse@mailman.srv.ualberta.ca

Education Review is an open accessall-electronic journal of book reviewsand has just published its July 2005 collection.These reviews can be accessed directly at:


The books reviewed and their reviewers are as follows:

Braunger, Jane; Donahue, David M.; Evans, Kate & Galguera, Tomás (2004). Rethinking Preparation for Content Area Teaching: The Reading Apprenticeship Approach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Reviewed by Naomi Jeffery Petersen, Indiana University South Bend.

Burns, Edward (2004). The Special Education Consultant Teacher: Enabling Children with Disabilities to be Educated with Nondisabled Children to the Maximum Extent Possible. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. Reviewed by Kimberly Maich, Brock University.

Carr, Eileen; Aldinger, Loviah & Patberg, Judythe (2004). Teaching Comprehension: A Systematic and Practical Framework With Lessons and Strategies. New York: Scholastic Teaching Resources. Reviewed by Katie Wester Neal, University of Pennsylvania.

Chu, Godwin C. & Schramm, Wilbur (2004). Learning From Television: What the Research Says. Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing. Reviewed by Letitia V. Fowler, Michigan State University.

Davidson, Bob; Davidson, Jan & Vanderkam, Laura (2004).Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds. New York: Simon & Schuster. Reviewed by Keely S. Porter, Portland State University.

Drapeau, Patti (2004). Differentiated Instruction: Making It Work: A Practical Guide to Planning, Managing, and Implementing Differentiated Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners. New York: Scholastic. Reviewed by Kathy Seibold, Oral Roberts University.

Routman, Regie (2005). Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Reviewed by Danielle Werts, Portland State University.

Sax, Leonard (2005). Why Gender Matters: What Parentsand Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. New York: Doubleday. Reviewed by Stephanie Trudeaux, Adams State College.

Shaywitz, Sally (2003). Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level. New York: Knopf/Random House. Reviewed by Paula L. Bjork, Portland State University in Portland.

Simon, Liz (2005). Write as an Expert: Explicit Teaching of Genres. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Reviewed by Louis Lim, PhD student, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Sweeney, Alyse (2004). Teaching the Essentials of Reading with Picture Books: 15 Lessons that Use Favorite Picture Books to Teach Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Comprehension, and Vocabulary. New York: Scholastic Teaching Resources. Reviewed by Pam Guess, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Vuko, Evelyn Porreca (2004). Teacher Says: 30 Foolproof Ways to Help Kids Thrive in School. New York: Berkley Publishing Group Reviewed by Darcus D. Smith, University of Oklahoma.

Kate Corby, Brief Reviews Editor
Gene V Glass, Editor
Gustavo Fischman, Editor for Spanish & Portuguese

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