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October 11–13, 2018
Denver, CO

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If you're looking to engage with national experts, leading researchers, K–12 and higher education practitioners, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders to advance conversations and ideas around innovative rural leadership, practice, research, and policy, this is THE event for you!

If you share our passion for advancing rural education, we hope you will join us and help unite and inspire people to action!

General Session Speakers

Thursday, October 11



Spark Your Thinking
This series of TED-talk style presentations by nationally-recognized experts will focus on each of the three conference strands and spark your thinking around:

  • Redefining Educational Success;
  • Connecting Fairness & Prosperity; and
  • Promoting Health & Wellness.

Friday, October 12


Author, Autism Self-Advocate, and Animal Scientist

Helping Different Minds Solve Problems & Develop Talents
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through her story. She has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including the BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20 and has been written about in many national publications, including Time, People, Forbes, US News and World Report, and The New York Times.

Saturday, October 13


Chief of Staff, Battelle for Kids

Building Hope to Empower Rural America
When educators and the local community join forces to foster hope, we're leveraging our greatest educational resource—empowerment! In 1991, positive psychologist, Charles R Snyder, and his team of researchers introduced the Hope Theory, asserting the importance of goals, agency, and pathways. Explore the evolving science of hope across two decades of research, gain insights and strategies for leveraging our greatest assets in rural America to build hope, and most importantly, learn why hope matters for our future.

Additional speakers to be added.


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