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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.