In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and our region’s efforts to prevent its spread, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Equity Institute, Count Us In: Advancing Equity in Rural Schools and Communities, until Spring 2021.
We wish we could be together in community this Fall to discuss the ever-more serious inequities burdening rural communities, but we recognize that managing health concerns, changed family and school dynamics, uncertain school start dates, budget constraints and educators’ and families’ efforts to resume normalcy will be of the utmost priority.
MAEC and our partners at the Office for Civil Rights in Philadelphia and West Virginia University will continue working diligently to support rural educators and families until we can meet again. This will include a series of webinars that offer practical, timely information and resources for educators, providers, families, agency staff and other stakeholders. We will also share written and video resources for rural communities on our website.
While the Institute will not happen in September, it will happen. Be on the lookout for an announcement for the Equity Institute of Spring 2021. Thank you to everyone on the planning committee, the confirmed speakers, and those who submitted proposals and planned to attend. We will be in touch. Be well and take care of yourselves and each other.