Description: This webinar will explore the challenges and successes that rural schools and communities experience in supporting students in their transition to college, careers, and adult life.
Award-winning professor Dr. Judith L. Meece will present findings from the Rural High School Aspirations Study, which the National Research Center on Rural Education Support conducted from 2007 to 2011 with funding from the Institute of Education Sciences. In addition, two assistant superintendents from rural school districts in the Southwest will share their successes and challenges in helping rural youth transition to college and careers.
The interactive webinar will provide opportunities for participants to engage speakers, ask questions, and share their own challenges and successes.
Research Alliance: Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance
Audience: The webinar is designed for anyone with an interest in rural schools and communities, including teachers, administrators, state department of education staff, researchers, and community members. The event is open to the public.
Speakers: Judith L. Meece, Professor, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and principal investigator with the IES-funded National Research Center on Rural Education Support from 2007 to 2011.
Debi Crawford, Assistant Superintendent, Hawkins Independent School District, Hawkins, Texas.
Ronda Townsend, Assistant Superintendent, Seminole Public Schools, Seminole, Oklahoma, and a member of the REL Southwest Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance.
Byun, S.-Y., Meece, J. L., Irvin, M. J., & Hutchins, B. C. (2012). The role of social capital in educational aspirations of rural youth. Rural Sociology, 77(3), 355–379. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1549-0831.2012.00086.x/full
Griffin, D., Hutchins, B. C., & Meece, J. L. (2011). Where do rural high school students go to find information about their futures? Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(2), 172–181.
Irvin, M. J., Byun, S.-Y., Meece, J. L., Farmer, T. W., & Hutchins, B. C. (2012). Educational barriers of rural youth: Relation of individual and contextual differences. Journal of Career Assessment, 20 (1), 71–87.
Irvin, M. J., Meece, J. L., Byun, S.-Y., Farmer, T. W., & Hutchins, B. C. (2011). Relationship of school context to rural youth's educational achievement and aspirations. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(9), 1225–1242.
National Center on Rural Education Support. (2011). http://www.nrcres.org/HSA.htm
Keywords: Transition to College or Career, Rural, High School
Regional Educational Laboratory Program