A PROJECT OF RURAL SCHOOLS COLLABORATIVE & NREA

Our Stories

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 works 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 and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for the initial support to launch this effort.

Todd Willis - Tate County, MS

July 9, 2024

Highlighting the innovative programs created and led by Mississippi Rural Teacher of the Year winner, Todd Willis, an innovative 3rd grade Teacher at Coldwater Elementary School in Tate County, MS.

Regional Hubs, Place-Based Education, Local Philanthropy, Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Mississippi, Mississippi

2024 Grants in Place Celebration of Learning

June 20, 2024

The Celebration of Learning features 17 rural teachers who were awarded grants to do a Place-Based Education project that connected their classrooms and communities.

Regional Hubs, Place-Based Education, Local Philanthropy, Grants in Place

Reciprocity Project Update: Tregaron, Wales

June 17, 2024

Hannah Omerod and her students from Henry Richard School in Tregaron, Wales introduce themselves.

Place-Based Education, Rural Educators Across Borders, Reciprocity Project Blog

Reciprocity Project Update: Oroville, California

June 10, 2024

Students from Jan Mathews' class at the Hearthstone School in Northern California share their story.

Place-Based Education, Rural Educators Across Borders, Reciprocity Project Blog

Reciprocity Project Update: From Monmouth, IL to Northern Ireland

June 6, 2024

Students from Mariah Garzee, Oonagh McAlister and Anna Martin's classes share about each of their places.

Place-Based Education, Rural Educators Across Borders, Reciprocity Project Blog

Young Educators’ Advisory Council Members Creating Lasting Impacts in their Communities

May 15, 2024

Three of our Young Educators’ Advisory Council Members lead their students in meaningful Place-Based Education projects this spring.

Place-Based Education, Young Educators' Advisory Council

Dr. Brandon Renfroe - Geraldine, AL

May 6, 2024

How rural-focused Higher-Ed programs nurture K-12 education.

Alabama & Black Belt, Teacher Profile, Podcast, Teacher Feature: Alabama

Sophia Elswick, Music Teacher at Stark County High School.

Sophia Elswick - Toulon, IL

March 28, 2024

A music teacher at Stark County High School in rural Illinois, shares her story about finding community and herself while teaching in rural communities.

Power of Partnerships, Rural Teacher Corps, Teacher Profile, Rural Resilience, Teacher Feature: Illinois

Updates from our Reciprocity Project Teachers!

March 8, 2024

Featuring updates on Will Miller’s class sugaring project in Massachusetts and introductions from Anna Martin’s Primary 5 class at St. Brigid’s Primary School in Northern Ireland.

Place-Based Education, Rural Educators Across Borders, Reciprocity Project Blog

Lanie Christianson and Matthew Eastman - University of Maine

February 28, 2024

Finding a passion for teaching when Maine needs them most.

Regional Hubs, New England, Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Maine

Reflections on I Am A Rural Teacher

January 17, 2024

Rural Schools Collaborative looks back on seven years of sharing the stories of rural teachers via the I Am A Rural Teacher project, in their own words.

Place-Based Education, Teacher Profile, Gratitude