Continuing the Forum’s practice of bringing together thought leaders from myriad industries to distill collective knowledge on major, timely education issues, the Forum will embark on its seventeenth study group this fall to consider what it would take to provide every student in rural North Carolina the opportunity to receive a sound basic education. By convening subject-matter experts across North Carolina, the study group’s efforts will tackle one of our Top Ten Issues for 2019 by identifying new ways to address rural school funding challenges, to improve rural teacher recruitment and retention strategies, and how to tackle the broadband access gap for our rural students, among other considerations. 

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Study Group XVII, please sign up here to receive the most up to date information.

Upcoming Events

11.25.19 - Study Group Engagement Session

Our second gatherings will focus on opportunities and challenges facing rural schools in western and eastern NC and we hope to gather stakeholders from across these region to discuss this topic. 

Isothermal Community College (Forest City) – 10 AM – 1 PM

Edgecombe Community College (Tarboro) – 10 AM – 1 PM

Please RSVP here.

Past Events

10.30.19 - Launch Event

The Study Group XVII Launch Event on October 30, 2019 featured introductions and a presentation from Alan Richard, education writer, policy consultant and board member of the Rural School and Community Trust; a discussion of key themes that will inform the Study Group’s topic; and a call to action from the Forum’s Senior Director of Policy, Dr. Lauren Fox, who will lead the work of Study Group XVII. 

Students living in poverty can and do succeed with the proper support, which should include highly effective teachers, excellent school leaders and adequately funded schools with rich and challenging curricula. Study Group XVII will face the urgent task of identifying scalable best practices already happening on the ground, as well as new and innovative ways to better serve our rural students so that they can access a sound basic education, to which they are fully deserving under the North Carolina constitution—and that we as a state have a moral and economic imperative to deliver.

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