Webinar: Rural Charter Schools - Building Bridges

Event Description

Webinar Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016

Webinar Time: 1:00pm - 2:15pm (ET)

Description: This webinar will highlight charter schools in rural America, focus on the role of charter schools in rural communities, and efforts to build bridges with the local public school community. The following presenters will discuss their respective experiences operating charter schools in rural communities.

  • Michael Hayes, Mountain Village Montessori Charter School(link is external), Steamboat Springs, Colorado: As the founding leader of the first-year Mountain Village Montessori (MVM), Michael Hayes will share how his prior experience at the rural Crestone Charter School(link is external) (one of Colorado’s oldest charter schools) will influence MVM’s efforts to build local school district relationships;
  • Meera Rupp, Bend International School(link is external), Bend, Oregon: Meera Rupp, founding leader of Bend International School will share her experiences operating a second year school focused on instilling a love for learning and global competence in a diverse rural Oregon community;
  • Sue and Jim Smith, Upper Carmen Public Charter School(link is external), Carmen, Idaho: School founders Sue and Jim Smith will relate their experiences in rural Idaho since 2005 and steps they have taken to maintain their focus on the school’s mission to establish their school as a positive presence in the local public school community; and
  • Terry Ryan, Idaho Charter School Network(link is external): As a long-time leader in the charter school community, Terry Ryan will add his unique perspective on the current (and future) role of charter schools in rural America.

To participate in this webinar, please register here.

This webinar recording will be available by Friday, September 9, 2016 here.