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 2017 ISRSA LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON
FEBRUARY 15, 2017

 

The Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association held its Fifth Annual Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.  This year, the ISRSA partnered with the North Central Indiana School Study Council, who joined in our day’s activities.  We had a record attendance of 43 ISRSA members, guests and speakers along with 14 members of the Indiana General Assembly!  Our thanks to presenters Denny Costerison – IASBO, Joel Hand – ICPE, Brian Smith – ISBA, and Tim McRoberts – ISRSA Legislative Liaison/ISPA, asn terry Spradlin, ENA.  MCs for the pre-luncheon information session were John Hill – NCISSC and Scott Turney – ISRSA.  Lawmakers later joined the group for lunch and discussions on rural educational topics pertaining to the 2017 Indiana General Assembly.  Please see some pictures below of our activities at the Indianapolis Embassy Suites.  The ISRSA and NCISSC thank our lawmakers for joining us, for their interest, and and listening!

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2016 NREA ANNUAL

CONFERENCE
COLUMBUS, OHIO
OCTOBER 13-15, 2016

Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman (far left) was recognized as a finalist for National Rural Teacher of the Year during the recent NREA Annual Conference

Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman (far left) was recognized as a finalist for National Rural Teacher of the Year during the recent NREA Annual Conference

ISRSA Executive Director and 2016 President of NREA, Scott Turney, presents a parting gift to NREA Executive Director, John Hill, who will be leaving his post December 31, 2016

ISRSA Executive Director and 2016 President of NREA, Scott Turney, presents a parting gift to NREA Executive Director, John Hill, who will be leaving his post December 31, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE  IMPLICATIONS FROM ESSA
FOR SMALL AND RURAL SCHOOLS?

AASA and the National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition (NREAC) work closely in Washington, DC.
Together, we lobby as a voice on federal issues for small and rural schools.

Please visit a new resource page on the AASA website, among which is a section on how ESSA will impact small and rural schools.  Keep this website close, as this resource is a living document and will be up-dated, added to, and changed as new information  on ESSA becomes available.

Access the website:  Click Here

 

ISRSA 2016 ANNUAL MEETING
September 26, 2016

 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach for the US Dept. of Ed, Lucy Johnson, addresses the ISRSA Annual Meeting

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach for the US Dept. of Ed, Lucy Johnson, addresses the ISRSA Annual Meeting

 

2014-2016 President Lynn Reed passes the Gavel to new ISRSA President, Tracy Caddell

2014-2016 President Lynn Reed passes the Gavel to new ISRSA President, Tracy Caddell

Katrina Hall presents ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year, Brenda Bowman, with a check for $1000 during our ISRSA Annual Meeting

Katrina Hall presents ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year, Brenda Bowman, with a check for $1000 during our ISRSA Annual Meeting

CONGRATULATIONS!
2016-2017 INDIANA RURAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

MISS BRENDA BOWMAN
SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL CORP.  —   GALVESTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Members of the Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association and Indiana Farm Bureau recently surprised our ISRSA 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman, with a visit and announcement in her home school of Galveston Elementary School.  Miss Bowman is a 32 year veteran teacher, currently teaching 4th grade.  Miss Bowman will receive a $1000 award from our partner Indiana Farm Bureau and will represent Indiana teachers as the ISRSA nominee for the NREA Monsanto Foundation Rural Teacher of the Year during the 2016 NREA Annual Conference on the campus of Ohio State University, October 13-15, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
(learn more about this conference by CLICKING HERE)

2016-2017 ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year Miss Brenda Bowman, 4th Grade Teacher, Galveston Elementary School, Southeastern School Corporation

2016-2017 ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year
Miss Brenda Bowman, 4th Grade Teacher, Galveston Elementary School, Southeastern School Corporation

Miss Bowman is congratulated by her students following the surprise convocation at Galveston Elementary School, Galveston, IN

Miss Bowman is congratulated by her students following the surprise convocation at Galveston Elementary School, Galveston, IN

Attending the recent announcement of the 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year were: L to R - Mr. Barrett Bates, Principal Galveston Elementary School, Mr. Dan Foster, ISRSA Board Member and Superintendent, Eastern Pulaski Schools, Dr. Tracy Caddell, ISRSA Vice-President and Supt. Eastern Howard Schools, Miss Brenda Bowman 2016-2016 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Isabella Chism, Indiana Farm Bureau, Mr. Ryan Zeck, President, Board of Education, Southeastern School Corp.

Attending the recent announcement of the 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year were: L to R – Mr. Barrett Bates, Principal Galveston Elementary School, Mr. Dan Foster, ISRSA Board Member and Superintendent, Eastern Pulaski Schools, Dr. Tracy Caddell, ISRSA Vice-President and Supt. Eastern Howard Schools, Miss Brenda Bowman 2016-2016 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Isabella Chism, Indiana Farm Bureau, Mr. Ryan Zeck, President, Board of Education, Southeastern School Corp.


 

INDIANA UNIVERSITY PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE
MARCH, 2016, THRIVING COMMUNITIES, THRIVING STATE
“RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THRIVING RURAL COMMUNITIES”

Thriving Communities, Thriving State is a Policy Choices project of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.  Informed by a representative group of community leaders and other stakeholders, it explores state and local strategies and policies that can help Indiana communities of all sizes thrive and fulfill their critical roles in attracting businesses, new business investment, and workers to Indiana.
Instead of examining local issues on a one-size-fits-all basis, Thriving Communities, Thriving State frames Indiana’s changing demographic and economic realities for three kinds of communities:
• Urban
• Mid-sized
• Rural/small town

To view the March, 2016, report on “Recommendations for Thriving Rural Communities” – CLICK HERE

 

 

ISRSA 2015-2016 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year
Honored by Indiana Lawmakers!
February 8, 2016

Indiana Senator, Randy Head, honors 2015-16 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year on the Floor of the Indiana Senate. L to R: Blue River Valley Schools Supt. Eric Creviston, Jr/Sr High Principal, Adam Purdue, Jerry Chernowsky. ZoeAnn Chernowsky, Senator Randy Head.

Indiana Senator, Randy Head, honors our Indiana 2015-16 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year on the Floor of the Indiana Senate. L to R: Blue River Valley Schools Supt. Eric Creviston, Jr/Sr High Principal, Adam Perdue, Jerry Chernowsky. ZoeAnn Chernowsky, Senator Randy Head.

Our Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year for 2015-16, Jr./Sr/ High Social Studies Teacher, Mrs. ZoeAnn Chernowski is honored on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives by Representative Tom Saunders. Present for her recognition were L to R: Blue River Valley Schools Supt., Eric Creviston, Jr/Sr High Principal, Adam Purdue, Mrs. Chernowsky's Husband, Jerry Chernowski, and Representative Tom Saunders

Our Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year for 2015-16, Jr./Sr/ High Social Studies Teacher, Mrs. ZoeAnn Chernowsky is honored on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives by Representative Tom Saunders. Present for her recognition were L to R: Blue River Valley Schools Supt., Eric Creviston, Jr/Sr High Principal, Adam Perdue, Mrs. Chernowsky’s Husband, Jerry Chernowsky, and Representative Tom Saunders

Indiana 2015-16 Rural Teacher of the Year addresses the Indiana House of Representatives about what's great about Indiana small and rural schools!

Indiana 2015-16 Rural Teacher of the Year addresses the Indiana House of Representatives about what’s great about Indiana small and rural schools! Following her presentation, Mrs. Chernowsky was honored by a Joint Resolution and standing ovation!

 

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