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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Cluster


RELN will provide a professional network for rural educational leaders in the state. The project is funded through a donor to the University that requested that we use the funds to develop the leadership practices of existing school leaders. Network topics are decided by participants. An annual two day summit will be hosted at PSU and three one day network meetings will be held annually in the communities represented by participants. (ex. This year our one day network meetings will be held in Gorham and Lisbon). In between meetings an email listserv and social media will be used to continue conversations and share resources with and between network members.

RELN is led by an advisory committee that includes rural educational leaders, University faculty, graduate students in educational leadership, and business/community leaders. The development of the network is systematic and intentional. This year, year 1, we will develop membership from the North Country. Year two we will develop Lakes Region membership and in year three we’ll focus on development from the southern regions. This strategy will allow us as a network to develop our understanding of regional needs as well as authentically support the development of cohesiveness and culture within the organization. Participation is completely free.


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