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Cooperative Learning Webinar Opportunity

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The Center for Midwestern Initiatives invites you to join us for a Rural Classroom: Importance of Cooperative Learning— Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellows' Perspective, a special webinar set for November 10, 2011, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm CST.

This webinar will be presented by Bolivar, Missouri elementary teachers Kayla King, Joelle Smith, and Janet Tweedy who spent part of their summer vacations attending a week-long cooperative learning conference in Orlando, Florida, through one of 11 national Global Teacher Fellowship awards granted in 2011.  These awards are made in conjunction with The Rural School and Community Trust.

This webinar will highlight the importance of cooperative learning strategies and explore their viability to rural classrooms. The webinar will last for approximately thirty minutes and there will be an opportunity for questions and comments from participants at the end of the session.

Space is limited! Reserve your seat now at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/866423294.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Please note that the Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship program is now accepting applications for the Summer 2012 Fellowships.

Up to 25 fellowships will be awarded in 2012 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers. The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers’ participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall.

Teachers are encouraged to center their learning in an international travel and study experience, out of which they develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula aligned with their specific state and local content standards.

Eligibility: Any K–12 teacher working full-time and teaching at least 60% time in a rural community can apply for the fellowship. Counselors, media specialists and other school personnel working in a teaching setting for at least 60% of their paid work time may also apply.

The Rural Trust defines a rural community by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) locale codes: 32 (Town, Distant); 33 (Town, Remote); 41 (Rural, Fringe); 42 (Rural, Distant); or 43 (Rural, Remote). If your school is listed in one of these locale codes, you are eligible to apply. If your school or district is REAP eligible, you may also apply.

For more information and application details go to www.globalteacherfellowship.ruraledu.org.