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.

James Widdifield, Minden, NE

August 21, 2020

School-led programs continue to support their community during COVID

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Darin Hahne, Tilden, NE

August 20, 2020

Special education and mental health resources continue with ESU support

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Adam Cheeseman, West Union, WV

August 19, 2020

Investing in Hope: How One West Virginia School District Is Building A New Future for Its Community

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Julie Otero, Nelson, NE

August 18, 2020

ESU lends extra support during digital transition

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Jon Cerny, Bancroft, NE

August 17, 2020

ISP support for rural communities and tribal lands

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Jennifer Marsh, Axtell, NE

August 13, 2020

Using e-learning and a former student's recipe to teach measurements

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Josh McDowell, Crete, NE

August 12, 2020

Using technology to ensure that students get emotional support

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Casey Slama, Gordon, NE

August 11, 2020

Adapting a schoolwide activity for distance learners

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Jennifer Geir and Candace Smith, Bayard, NE

August 10, 2020

Teachers work directly with families to provide internet access

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Rob Geise, Murray, NE

August 7, 2020

Resources for e-learning and resulting student projects

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Nomination - Mugalula Fredrick, Mannya, Uganda

August 5, 2020

Innovative young teacher creates positive change in rural Uganda

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Brian Rottinghaus, Pawnee City, NE

August 5, 2020

Continued meal delivery for over 200 students through summer

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