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The I Am a Rural Teacher campaign is committed to sharing voices and perspectives of rural teachers throughout the country. Elevating teacher advocacy is a primary objective of this national initiative, and the Rural Schools Collaborative will be working with the National Rural Education Association to share rural teachers' viewpoints with policymakers at the regional, state, and national levels.

Thank you to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for supporting this effort.

Jan Mathews - Gridley, CA

December 28, 2021

Cultivating the Next Generation of Community Leaders


Emily Driscoll and Erica Zieren - Carmi, IL

December 9, 2021

Collaboration Makes a Teaching Team Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Teacher Profile

Why Teach Rural? NREA Rural Teacher Panel

November 18, 2021

Hear insights from three great rural educators and get access to the live panel!

Nature Nurtures Rural Schools - Andy Felt, Trinity County, CA

November 8, 2021

Teacher and administrator shares positive rural outlook

Place-Based Education, Teacher Profile

Fredrick Mugalula - Uganda

October 22, 2021

An international perspective on rural advantages and unique challenges


Nick Foertsch and Emma Rage - North Dakota

September 10, 2021

Young educators share their passion for building genuine relationships with their students


Amy Quinn, Monmouth, IL

August 31, 2021

Retiring teacher reflects on 33 years of rural education

Teacher Profile

Place-Based Learning Land Use Analysis

February 16, 2021

Good work in Hartford, Vermont, a Place Network School member!

Place-Based Education

Joaly Ray, I Am A Rural Teacher Feature

December 28, 2020

Connecting Across the Cultures

Teacher Profile