About Us

“I Am a Rural Teacher” is a national advocacy campaign that gives voice to rural teachers. The program is a collaboration between the Rural Schools Collaborative, National Rural Education Association, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Ozarks Teacher Corps, and The University of West Alabama’s Black Belt Teacher Corps. The “I Am a Rural Teacher” campaign is made possible by a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Teacher-To-Teacher Conversations

Teachers may join the public Facebook group called “I am a Rural Teacher!”, where they can share photos, stories, curriculum ideas, and teaching experiences. Join our group.


Advocating for Rural Teachers

“I am a Rural Teacher!” narratives showcase the perspectives of rural educators. Read these viewpoints, perceptions, and recommendations.


Rural Teacher Recruitment Efforts

Our RTC Network and related efforts are committed to purposeful teacher recruitment strategies with an emphasis on social justice and inclusive community development.