Cultivating Community

Nominate your school or school district for policy decisions that have strengthened the bonds between school and community.

January 18, 2021 |

The I Am A Rural Teacher national advocacy campaign has shared the perspectives of teachers from across rural America in the belief that the work of teachers is integral to creating vibrant rural schools and sustainable small towns and country places. Many of these teacher perspectives have revealed how actions taken in their area tightened the bonds between local schools and the community in ways that benefit students--and we want to highlight these actions further.

Cultivating Community is a monthly project focusing on how policy change at the local level has strengthened school communities to enhance the experiences of students. Through this project, teachers will be able to nominate their school

communities by sharing how new, innovative, or creative policy change drew their local school and community closer together to uplift and empower their students.

Check out our past Cultivating Community features from Cusseta, Georgia; Red Bluff, California; and Cambridge, Wisconsin!

If you know of a specific local policy or program that has brought your school community together to support your students, we encourage you to submit a one-minute video, or written response, describing that policy and its impact on students for a chance to win a $250 classroom grant and a feature story about your school community.

Follow this link to begin your nomination today:

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