Skip to main content


ACRES Future-Oriented Colleagues in Universities and Schools (FOCUS) is a group of undergraduate students, graduate students, doctoral students, and early career professionals dedicated to supporting each other and the next generation of rural special education teachers and researchers.

FOCUS sponsors:

  • Virtual lunch-and-learn meetings 

  • A student and early career FOCUS session at the annual ACRES conference

  • Opportunities for networking and mentoring

We invite college and university students at all levels and early career professionals to join this supportive network. For more information, please contact [contact].

 Join us for our Fall 2020 Lunch and Learn sessions!

Partnering with Rural School Districts Lunch and Learn meeting Nov 5, 2020           Rural, Remote, & RTI Lunch and Learn meeting December 3, 2020

"Partnering with Rural School Districts" is designed for teachers, administrators, and researchers looking to build partnerships between rural schools/districts, universities, and community partners. We'll share strategies, ideas, and lessons learned from partnerships across the country.