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The newest members of the Ozarks Teacher Corps are (left to right): Colleen Winklepleck, Myrtle; Dylan Johnson, Buffalo; Bailey Soper, Ash Grove; Alicia Lindeman, Aurora; Briona Warden, West Plains; Karley Bassham, Ste. Genevieve; Laura Thompson, Iberia; Ashley Vannada, Iberia.

Welcome to the new class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps!

April 12, 2016

The 2016 class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps was introduced on Friday, April 8 as part of the annual Rural Schools Rendezvous, which this year brought rural education advocates from across the Midwest to Mansfield, Mo., the home of the newly renovated Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum.

This year's cohort was joined by other current members and alumni of the Corps, which has served as the prototype for the new Rural Teacher Corps, a program of the Rural Schools Collaborative, which co-presented this year's Rendezvous. They heard from leading rural literature advocate and author Dr. Paul Theobald, who shared his thoughts on engaging rural students and details of the Rural Lit Rally, a grass-roots effort to preserve and amplify the voice of rural authors past and present.

The Day also featured the awarding of $70,0000 in Coover Place-Based Education grants, co-presented by the RSP and the Louis and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation of The Commerce Trust.


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