Support for Teachers

This Grants in Place-funded Illinois student-driven soil investigation project is a wonderful example of the community-based work being done by our grant recipients and their students.

Support for Teachers

We believe in the power of teacher-leaders.

The Rural Schools Collaborative believes teacher-leaders have the power to transform rural communities. We support this concept through our Grants in Place program, Rural Teacher Corps initiative, place-based education resources, and The Vault, a peer networking community.

  • Grants in Place is a modest grant program that encourages rural school district teachers across the country to engage their students in place-based learning. We believe that place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns. Learn more!
  • The Rural Teacher Corps addresses the question of how to recruit, prepare and place outstanding rural teacher-leaders? Learn more.
  • We stress the important role of place and to student learning and successful rural schools. We share resources support place-based engagement. Learn more.
  • The Vault is an online community for rural educators to connect, share, learn and support one another in real-time. Join for free here!

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We invite you to spend a minute viewing the short film below. This is who we are; this is what we believe!