A PROJECT OF RURAL SCHOOLS COLLABORATIVE & NREA

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.

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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.

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Teacher Narratives

I Am a Rural Teacher narratives showcase the perspectives of rural educators through user submissions, staff write-ups, and our podcast. Listen to these viewpoints, perceptions, and recommendations.

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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.

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Teach Rural Job Board

Using our Job Board, rural schools can post job opportunities, telling applicants why their area is a great place to live and work. Teachers can also browse jobs in the area they'd like to live in.

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Rural Educators Across Borders

Part of place-based education is exploring the local-to-global context. Thanks to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and RSC partners, this new program facilitates international teacher collaboration in a place-based framework.