The Rural Schools Collaborative was proud to participate in the Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference on April 6th and 7th. The theme for this year's conference was Building Healthy Communities: Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Rural Schools Collaborative director Gary Funk had the privilege to present "rural" perspectives on the relevance of arts to community, how businesses should combat poverty, and what to do about educational inequality. The conference attracts hundreds of attendees annually and has focused on a variety of community-building themes. Missouri State University is the state's public affairs institution.
The University has supported the Rural Schools Collaborative, and associate provost Dr. Chris Craig is an organizational advocate. Missouri State is also a key partner in the Rural Schools Collaborative's rural teacher corps project.