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National Rural Ed. Group Promotes Support for Academically Talented Youth

Far too many rural schools don't take advantage of free programs for academically advanced students, and the National Rural Education Association hopes to change that.

The rural education advocacy group has forged a partnership with the Center for Excellence in Education based in McLean, Va., to promote its programs and resources for rural educators.

The center has three major programs for academically talented high school students, and its goal is to nurture their interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Teacher Enrichment Program is available to science and humanities teachers, and it has a number of elements intended to encourage "broadening the perspective of science in their classroom," according to the center. The program started in Virginia, Indiana, and Illinois this fall and will expand to California and Texas this coming spring.

Other programs available to rural schools include the Research Science Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the USA Biology Olympiad, and the U.S. Physics Team. Registration for its programs is open now.

"NREA is encouraging schools to register their students as soon as possible," according to a recent newsletter from the association. "Very few rural schools participate in these programs which provide great opportunities for students."

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