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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Cluster


This is the second year for this cluster project. The Rural Educational Leaders Network (RELN) provides a professional network for rural educational leaders in the state. The project is endowed through a generous gift by Ms Ann Haggart. It was Ms Haggart’s request that we use the funds to develop the leadership practices of existing and aspiring school principals and superintendents. An annual two day summit is hosted at PSU and three one day network meetings are held annually in the communities represented by participants. Network topics are decided by participants. 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. During year one, we developed membership from the North Country. During 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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