Our Stories

The Rural Schools Collaborative is committed to changing the rural narrative.

Young Educators’ Advisory Council Members Create Lasting Impact in their Communities

May 15, 2024

Three of our Young Educators’ Advisory Council Members lead their students in meaningful Place-Based Education projects this spring.

Place-Based Education, Young Educators' Advisory Council

GRAD Partnership Rural School Spotlight: Tulelake, CA

May 8, 2024

RSC and our partner GRAD Partnership Intermediaries at North State Together (NST) had the opportunity to visit Tulelake Basin High School in Tulelake, CA. Learn more about their efforts to build school connectedness and students success:

Regional Hubs, Power of Partnerships, Northern California, GRAD Partnership

GRAD Partnership CA Rural Spotlight: TRIO at Anderson and West Valley High Schools

May 8, 2024

RSC along with GRAD Partnership Intermediaries from North State Together (NST), had the opportunity to meet members of the TRIO leadership team working to build student success at Anderson Union School District.

Regional Hubs, Power of Partnerships, Northern California, GRAD Partnership

Dr. Brandon Renfroe - Geraldine, AL

May 6, 2024

How rural-focused Higher-Ed programs nurture K-12 education.

Alabama & the Black Belt, Teacher Profile, Podcast

Integrating Rural Teacher Corps and Grow-Your-Own Models: The 2024 Rural Teacher Corps Forum

May 6, 2024

This year’s Rural Teacher Corps Forum Webinar explored the intersection of dedicated rural teacher preparation programs, or Rural Teacher Corps, with regional efforts to build diverse Grow-Your-Own teacher pathway programs.

Power of Partnerships, Place-Based Education, Rural Teacher Corps

Kathy Schultz (left) and Brittany Culjan (right) pictured with their student, Killian (middle), dressed as Professor Popcorn, the mascot for the student-led popcorn business.

ROOTed In Place Project Spotlight: Planting Popcorn and Purpose in North Utica, Illinois

April 22, 2024

Exploring the k-8 interdisciplinary education popcorn project in rural North Utica, Illinois.

Place-Based Education, Local Philanthropy

Group of Ozarks Teacher Corps participants.

Ozarks Teacher Corps: Rural Place-based Learning in Missouri

April 15, 2024

We joined Teton Science Schools, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and several RSC Grants in Place veteran teachers at a collaborative, rural teacher corps training in the Missouri Ozarks Hub. The future is bright for these aspiring rural educators!

Regional Hubs, Power of Partnerships, Missouri Ozarks, Place-Based Education, Rural Teacher Corps

Group of students from Monmouth College in winter gear standing in a semi-circle with snow covered trees behind them.

TARTANS Take to Training in the Tetons

April 8, 2024

A unique trip brought together two RSC hub partners for intentional learning, memorable experiences, and crucial relationship building in the beautiful snow-covered Teton Mountains.

Regional Hubs, Power of Partnerships, Illinois, Northern Rockies, Place-Based Education, Rural Teacher Corps, Gratitude

Sophia Elswick, Music Teacher at Stark County High School.

Sophia Elswick - Toulon, IL

March 28, 2024

A music teacher at Stark County High School in rural Illinois, shares her story about finding community and herself while teaching in rural communities.

Power of Partnerships, Rural Teacher Corps, Teacher Profile, Rural Resilience

GRAD Partnership Rural School Spotlight: Thomaston, AL

March 7, 2024

Through their dedicated efforts, the School Resource Team at AL Johnson exemplifies effective student support, creating positive impacts on students and the school community, in rural Alabama.

Regional Hubs, Power of Partnerships, Alabama & the Black Belt, GRAD Partnership