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Future Rural Teachers Summit - 02/01/24!

Join us on Thursday, February 1, 2024 and discover what it’s like to be a teacher in one of Colorado's rural schools. You'll spend the evening meeting peers, connecting with the Colorado Center for Rural Education staff, current students, faculty, and more! 

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Keynote Speaker Announced! headshot of Susan Cordova

University of Northern Colorado is excited to announce Susana Córdova, the Colorado Commissioner of Education, as the keynote speaker for the 2024 Rural Future Teacher Summit.

Córdova was named Colorado’s 18th education commissioner and the first Latina to hold the state’s top education position. Prior to being named commissioner, Córdova spent more than 30 years in education. She served as an assistant principal, principal, director, chief academic officer, chief schools officer and deputy superintendent before becoming the superintendent of Denver Public Schools. She also served as deputy superintendent in Dallas ISD, the second-largest district in Texas. She is a Denver native.  

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2024 Future Rural Teachers Summit Agenda 

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Arrive For Lodging Check-In

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Event Check-In

UNC University Center, Panorama Room

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome & Opening Activity

Robert Fulton, State Coordinator, Colorado Center for Rural Education

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.


7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

Becoming a Bear

UNC Student Panel

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.


Susana Córdova  the Colorado Commissioner of Education

8:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Closing Activity

Lodging and Board 

Lodging will be provided free of charge to students and designated chaperones who attend the Future Rural Teachers Summit. Lodging details will be e-mailed to registrants in a separate communication prior to the Future Rural Teachers Summit.

Colorado Center for Rural Education

The Colorado Center for Rural Education is here to convene, connect, and build capacity for all of Colorado’s educator preparation programs, rural alternative teacher licensure programs, rural school districts, and diverse rural education stakeholders to improve the recruitment and retention of Colorado’s rural educators. 

Questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out!

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