Arizona Rural
Schools Association


Teaching Culture in the Navajo Nation: Our First IAART Podcast

Welcome to our first episode of the I Am a Rural Teacher Podcast! This week we're talking with Jolene Smith, a fifth grade teacher in Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. You can listen to the podcast by visiting Rural Schools Collaborative

Message from the Executive Director

One of the many things I never thought I'd have to do was cancel an annual ARSA conference. I know how much these yearly opportunities to gather and catch up with fellow rural educators and our business partners have come to mean to you all.

We considered a virtual conference but concluded that the annual ARSA conference was more than an association's conference. It is a large family reunion supported by our business partners and sponsors, providing meaningful operational information for rural superintendents and an opportunity to celebrate our award winners.

We will also present our 2020 hall of fame inductee, Mr. Tim Carter, Yavapai County Schools superintendent.

As for the 2021 conference, we will gather at Little America again, September 16 through 18, 2021. Registration is open. The conference registration fee will remain $230 for ARSA members. The golf tournament will resume as well as quality and meaningful presentations and the buffets.

Our sponsors and exhibitors will be there to offer the goods and services we've come to depend upon.

The summer and fall 2020 newsletter will also be our first fully digital newsletter. By going digital, we hope to greatly increase our circulation, so please forward to as many of your staff and community as possible.

Sean Rickert, our advocacy specialist, along with Dr. Melissa Sadorf, ARSA President-Elect, will continue to work with the legislature, ADE, the state board, and the governor's office to advocate for rural schools and their communities. They will also continue to offer the Superintendents Round Table webinars, and Dr. Sadorf will resume her podcast, The Rural Scoop.

This has been an unspeakably complex and difficult time for rural leaders; we are here for you when and however you need us.

Stronger together has never been truer.

Wes Brownfield
Stronger Together