The U.S. Department of Education and our partners at Jobs for the Future are excited to host a peer learning exchange for leaders in rural and tribal communities, especially Promise Zones, June 13 – 15, 2016. This meeting will occur in Indianola, Mississippi, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s priority place-based communities, and hosted by Karen Matthews, President/CEO, and Josh Davis, VP of External Affairs of the Delta Health Alliance.

We recognize that rural communities have strengths and challenges that are distinct from their urban counterparts, and this convening will provide an opportunity for innovators like yourself to exchange promising practices and lessons learned that improve outcomes for children and youth in your communities. In addition, this convening will offer a unique opportunity to connect with peers and cultivate relationships to deepen your work and impact.

Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available to cover travel, lodging and per diem costs; although funding is limited, you are encouraged to bring additional people, if interested and feasible.

We are asking that you complete this survey  to let us know if you or a designee will be able to attend this event and also to share topics that you would be interested in discussing at the meeting.  You will see that we are asking for you to share topics that are your areas of expertise as well as topics you would like to learn more about. These questions will help us shape an agenda that is customized to your expertise and areas of need.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please return your responses by Thursday, May 17.

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* 1. Will you or a designee be able to attend the convening in Indianola?

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* 2. Attendee Information

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* 3. Based on our conversations with your Promise Zones liaison, we know that you have made significant accomplishments. Please let us know which of the following topics would be an area of expertise for you.

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* 4. This meeting will provide an opportunity for you to gather information to help you address areas of need for your work as well. Please let us know which of the following topics you would like to learn more about.