Our Partners

The following organizations and institutions are active partners of the Rural Schools Collaborative. We appreciate their support and commitment to small schools and rural communities.

Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools has been supporting public education in rural communities for nearly three decades. They are committed to working effectively on behalf of their members.

California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is a national leader in the preparation of teachers for underserved rural communities.

Cambridge Farm to School (Wisconsin)

Cambridge Farm to School is a volunteer organization for the Cambridge, Wisconsin school district. Our efforts are dedicated to connecting the community to the food our bodies need and to share excitement for the natural world. The Rural Schools Collaborative's southern Wisconsin hub assists this group with asset development and social marketing.

Central Illinois Rural School Partnership

The Central Illinois Rural School Partnership is dedicated to regional collaboration, leveraging resources, and retaining the region's talented youth. Eastern Illinois University's Dept. of Early Childhood, Elem., and Middle Level Education serves as fiscal agent.

Clark State Community College

With campus locations in the Ohio communities of Springfield, Beavercreek and Bellefontaine, as well as extensive online classes, Clark State is committed to providing its students and corporate customers with quality and personal 1:1 attention. Clark State is a partner in our Ohio Hub.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks supports endowment building, grant making, and collaboration throughout the southern tier of Missouri. With more than 50 rural affiliates and nearly 450 nonprofit partners, CFO is a national leader in rural philanthropy.

Dakota Resources

"At Dakota Resources, our purpose is to stimulate financial and human investment in communities that are invested in themselves." Dakota Resources is also a sponsor and partner in the Growing Together Better program, a component of Grants in Place.

Eastern Illinois University

EIU has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics, personal relationships, and both on-campus and online opportunities.

Galesburg Community Foundation

The Galesburg Community Foundation is based out of Galesburg, Illinois and serves mostly rural Knox and Warren counties. With approximately $25 million in charitable assets, GCF has sponsored an exemplary professional development program for nonprofits and offers challenge grants.

Graham Local Schools

"Success Today, Prepared for Tomorrow!" Based out of Saint Paris, Ohio, Graham Local Schools is a pioneering rural school district with a rich history of educational innovation. Graham Local Schools is a formal partner of RSC's Ohio Hub, serving as an exemplar and active collaborator. The district's "Community Matters" program works with over 30 identified community partners.

Monmouth College

Established in 1853 by Scotch-Irish Presbyterian pioneers, Monmouth is a nationally ranked residential college. Monmouth serves as the host for our Western Illinois Hub office.

National Rural Education Association

The NREA was originally founded as the Department of Rural Education in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Through the years it has evolved as a strong and respected organization committed to maintaining the vitality of rural school systems across the country. We are proud to partner with NREA on the Grants in Place National Signature Grant project.

North Dakota Small Organized Schools

North Dakota Small Organized Schools speaks for all North Dakota rural schools. The membership combines to form an effective voice for public education while emphasizing local control. NDSOS also serves as the host partner for our North Dakota Hub.

North State Together

“North State Together” is a regional collective partnership funded by a $2.5 million grant awarded by the McConnell Foundation. The grant will help create a “Cradle to Career” partnership in the North State where leaders from education, business, philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and faith communities join together.

Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative

Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative provides professional development programming, resources, research, and help for specific education needs in small, rural Ohio schools. They also shed a light on current practices and issues that impact public education in the Buckeye State. OSRC is the host organization for our Ohio Hub.


An arts initiative of Missouri's Rural Schools Partnership, Placeworks offers interdisciplinary art experiences to students and teachers in southwest Missouri's rural communities.

Plymouth State University

Since being founded in 1871, Plymouth State has offered a rich, student-focused learning environment. Located in Plymouth, New Hampshire, the university offers undergraduate, master's and doctoral level programs in teacher education. Plymouth houses the Rural Education Leaders Network and is a partner in our New England Hub.

Potters for Peace

Potters for Peace is a US-based non-profit that works in two clay-related fields: working with subsistence potters in Central America and working throughout the world to assist with the establishment of factories that produce ceramic water filters. Much of this work is done in rural places, and we are pleased to assist Potters for Peace with their endowment building.

Rural Community Alliance

The Rural Community Alliance is a statewide advocate for rural public education and facilitates grassroots-led community revitalization projects in low-wealth communities. RCA has nearly 2,000 members in 64 communities.


#RuralEdChat is a weekly informal gathering of rural educators and stakeholders on Twitter. Each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CST #RuralEdChat invites you to join in on the conversation. Rural Schools Collaborative works to co-moderate #RuralEdChat topics on a quarterly basis.

Rural Educational Leaders Network

The Rural Educational Leaders Network (RELN) provides a professional network for New Hampshire’s Rural School and District Leaders. With principals, superintendents, and assistant superintendents, RELN focuses on school leadership and community partnerships. RELN serves as the Rural Schools Collaborative's New England hub partner. For more information on the New England Hub, as well as contact information for our New England hub, click here.

Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y.

Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Reinvigorating American Life and Learning through Literature of Yesteryear.

Rural Schools Partnership

Missouri's Rural Schools Partnership, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, promotes public education as a linchpin issue in rural economic development. RSP supports place-based education, school foundation building, and the Ozarks Teacher Corps.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation provides twelve counties with philanthropic outreach and services. This includes administrative and technical assistance to its regional affiliates.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Education and Human Services

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Education and Human Services and its School Partnerships and Outreach have developed meaningful school partnerships.

Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools hosts our Northern Rockies Hub. TSS is an organization in northwest Wyoming and Idaho comprised of seven program areas sharing a common vision of education. They have been teaching about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1967. TSS is deeply rooted in the outdoors as place anchors and enriches our understanding of the world.

Urbana University

Since 1850, Urbana University has impacted its students, alumni and the surrounding community by providing relevant academic programs and enriching services and programs. Urbana University is a partner in our Ohio Hub.

University of West Alabama College of Education

The University of West Alabama College of Education has departments of curriculum and instruction, instructional leadership, physical education and athletic training, a campus school, graduate programs, and a Center for Excellence in Teaching.

West Central Initiative

Serving to improve west central Minnesota through funding, programs and technical assistance. WCI is a generous partner for our Grants in Place program, making place-based grants possible for rural classroom teachers in their region.

Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University is a public university located in Macomb, Illinois, United States. It was founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School. WIU is a partner in our Western Illinois Hub.