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 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.

Wisconsin Elementary Students Engage in Conservation Efforts

June 2, 2015

Learning experiences with a lifetime of impact.

Place-Based Education

Building Bridges in the Rural Ozarks

May 28, 2015

One teacher can make the difference in strengthening the fabric of a community.

Power of Partnerships

Illinois Foundations Partner to Support Rural Schools

May 19, 2015

Illinois' Galesburg Community Foundation is a catalyst for rural philanthropy.

Local Philanthropy

Starting from Scratch

May 6, 2015

We are just beginning to scratch the surface!

Local Philanthropy

Elvis Has Left The Building

April 28, 2015

Alabama writer, Larry Lee, reminds us that effective school leadership and joy can go hand in hand.

Place-Based Education

Teaching Science, Life and Giving

April 10, 2015

A single person's action can change a culture--all the better when it is a classroom teacher.

Local Philanthropy

Passion and Persistence

April 9, 2015

One teacher started a movement that impacted an entire state.

Power of Partnerships

Teaching in Place: Taking Flight

March 20, 2015

Highland, Wisconsin middle school students record observations at Governor Dodge State Park.

Place-Based Education