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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( March 14, 1997)
VIDEOCONFERENCE ON RURAL EDUCATION AND THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY TO BE HELD AT SDSM& T ON MARCH 25
A videoconference on Rural Education and the Information Highway, titled “ Making Connections, Building Community”, is being sponsored by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on Tuesday, March 25, from 12: 00 noon to 1: 30 p. m. Special appearances will be made during the conference via satellite by President Clinton, Secretary of Education Richard Riley, FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, and Florida Public Service Commissioner Julia Johnson.
Panelists for the interactive teleconference include educators and other professionals who have worked within rural communities to design and implement technology strategies. These panelists will describe how they sought funding, won community support, overcame obstacles, and sustained their programs over time. This conference will provide an opportunity for educators and local leaders to learn how to mobilize resources to support technology initiatives for rural schools and communities. Panelists will include the following individuals:
* Dr. Harriet Pearce, superintendent of schools, Pilot Grove, Missouri. Dr. Pearce’s district is engaged in a partnership with the University of Missouri to improve math and science teaching using an Internet- based support system.
* Kaye Braaten, county service representative and former president of the National Association of Counties. Under her leadership, NACO forged a public- private partnership to make technology already available at the federal level accessible at the county/ community leve.
* Max D. Newton, general manager of the Peoples Telephone Cooperative. Mr. Newton has been integral to the East Texas Learning Interactive Consortium ( ET- LINC), a distance learning network that was developed jointly by school personnel and the telephone cooperative.
* Ann Way, regional coordinator of the Northern Tier Rural Distance Learning Consortium which provides increased educational benefits.
Individuals attending the videoconference will learn about putting together a funding package to create affordable access; sources of technical assistance available to rural schools and communities; assessing specific needs; strategies for involving all sectors of the community in developing a technology plan; cases studies of successful technology partnerships in other rural communities; and the reasons rural businesses have a stake in supporting technology initiatives.
The public is invited to attend at no cost. However, prior registration is required due to limited space. The conference will be held in Room 204, New Classroom Building on the SDSM& T campus. RSVP by March 24 to the SDSM& T High Plains Center at 394- 6732.
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