Resiliency Guide

About the Resiliency Guide

The Rural Schools Collaborative invited first- and second-year teachers to serve on the Young Educators’ Advisory (YEA) Council. This program is developed in conjunction with the I Am a Rural Teacher Campaign (in partnership with the National Rural Education Association) and RSC’s Regional Hub Network. Council members advise RSC and its partners on how to best support the recruitment, preparation, and retention of outstanding rural teachers. Our goal is to elevate the perspectives of young rural teachers, and ensure that our ongoing work is relevant and meaningful.

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Teacher-Leaders: Meet the 2022-24 Young Educator’s Advisory Council

To learn more about how to get involved with other dynamic and engaged young rural educators in your region and around the world, please reach out to info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org. You can read the bio’s of each Council member on our website, or click their photo.


Thank you to the NREA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their support of this resiliency guide.

Rural Teacher Corps Leaders

Special thanks to our Rural Teacher Corps partners who understand the intentional recruitment, preparation, and placement of teacher-leaders is a rural imperative. Each of these institutions work towards a defined educational studies program focused on the development of empowered and talented rural educators.

Why we do what we do: The Rural Advantage

Yes, being a new rural teacher can be challenging, but it is also extremely rewarding. Here is a collection of stories on the absolute best parts of teaching rural.

Teacher Story
“We know about each other's families and we take part in each other's times of celebrations and times of sadness. Being a part of a rural community allows for support like no other. I have the relationships already built between my colleagues, administration, and parents that have helped to ease the unknowns.”
Jennifer Brown’s story, rural teacher in NY
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Teacher Story
“Being rural gives me so many opportunities to share with students different experiences. I learn a lot from my students as they learn from me. Being rural means that everybody's helping everybody. No man can stand on their island alone here.”
Emma Rage's story, rural teacher in ND
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