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Ozarks Teacher Corps participants interact with teachers and students at Glenwood School, in rural Howell County, Missouri.

Ozarks Teacher Corps Meets in Howell County

October 20, 2016

The 2016-17 Ozarks Teacher Corps met in Howell County, Missouri on October 14. Established in 2009, the Ozarks Teacher Corps has placed more than 50 teacher-leaders in rural Ozarks communities. Participants, who are selected through a rigourous application process, receive scholarship assistance and training on a number of school and community issues.

Last week's training session focused on the role of placemaking and included a visit to the rural Glenwood School art class, where students have been engaged with the successful Placeworks program. Other activities included presentations from Ozarks Teacher Corps alumni and a networking session with Dr. Jane Ward, Rural Education Fellow with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Rural Schools Collaborative.

The Ozarks Teacher Corps is part of an emerging network of programs that intentionally prepare teacher-leaders for rural teaching positions. The program is funded by an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which also administers the program in conjunction with Missouri State University, Evangel University, and Drury University.

Ozarks Teacher Corps members participate in a networking discussion facilitated by Rural Education Fellow Dr. Jane Ward.

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