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.

Kathrina O'Connell, Lake Park Audubon Elementary, Minnesota

February 14, 2020

How Place-Based Learning Can Impact Students and Their Community

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Minnesota

Jenny Handley, Williston, Florida

February 11, 2020

Lead ELL Teachers Will Benefit Students, Staff

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Florida

Jill Underly, Blanchardville, Wisconsin

January 28, 2020

Give Rural Schools the Tools They Need to Thrive

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Wisconsin

Kymberli Wregglesworth, Onaway, Michigan

January 13, 2020

The Need for Mental Health Professionals

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Michigan

Revitalizing New Hampshire's Rural School Communities

January 10, 2020

The University of New Hampshire's innovative rural teacher development program is exemplary.

New England, Rural Teacher Corps

Wade Owlett, Elkland, Pennsylvania

January 8, 2020

"I teach students to think historically."

Teacher Profile, Teacher Feature: Pennsylvania

Wade Owlett

December 4, 2019

Teacher Profile

The Rural Advantage: A Welsh Report Makes the Case

July 21, 2019

Study looks at the potential benefits and challenges faced by rural schools in Wales.

Power of Partnerships, Rural Educators Across Borders