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Foundation for Rural Education Excellence
Supporting Academic Achievement in
Rural Northeast Florida Communities
March 2018 Newsletter
The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence, a registered 501 (C)(3) organization, was founded in 1998 to facilitate philanthropic support for rural school districts of the   North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC): Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, Suwannee and Union Counties as well as Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and PK Yonge Developmental Research School. Working collaboratively, our mission is to enhance academic success and career opportunities for rural students in northeast Florida.
Northeast Florida Teacher Recruitment
FREE will be supporting NEFEC's coordination of the 2018 Northeast Florida Education Career Fair on Wednesday, May 2,2018, at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.

Following an opening meet and greet session, district representatives from Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union Counties will be conducting interviews of prospective applicants. Online registration for the career fair is available at:

Continuing to Connect & Grow
NEFEC Connect is a network of Regional Learning Communities that provides cross-district, teacher-led collaboration, and professional learning. Developed by the North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC), NEFEC Connect brings together subject-alike teachers who may be the only one teaching that specific content in their school or district. NEFEC Connect provides them with a structure of support that has been shown to increase motivation and student achievement. 

Throughout February social studies and science teachers, as well as Digital Support Colleagues, came together from our small and rural districts for the final of three yearly NEFEC Connect sessions dedicated to their professional growth, n etworking, and innovative collaboration. In these sessions, educators determined standards for spiral reviews, shared technology tools, and created lessons together.

Comments from the session evaluations include:

“I loved all 3 sessions, but this was my favorite! I am leaving this time feeling like my toolbox is full and have plenty of resources to build a meaningful spiral review for my students.”

“As a new teacher, this is the most important professional learning I attend. I get to talk to others just like me, but with more experience. This time is so valuable.”
FREE Board of Directors
The next board meeting will be hosted by Phillip Pritchett at Pritchett Trucking in Lake Butler, Florida on April 11, 2018, at 10 a.m.

We are actively recruiting dedicated people to join our board. They must have a passion for rural education and willing to be an advocate for our board and its programs. If you are interested in learning more, please call Judy Boles @ (352) 538-5108 or email:
Upcoming Events
20th Annual Golf Tournament
FREE's annual golf tournament is scheduled for April 6, 2018, at The Palatka Golf Club. For more information or to register to play, click on the link below:

Summer Leadership Conference
NEFEC's Annual Summer Leadership Conference is scheduled for July 10-11, 2018, at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. For more information or to register, click on the link below:

Foundation for Rural Education Excellence
(352) 317-0621
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