Rural Schools Collaborative was launched in 2015 by a small group of rural school and community advocates. Our mission is straightforward—to strengthen the bonds between rural schools and communities through place-based engagement, rural philanthropy, and the development of teacher-leaders. RSC is led by a volunteer board of directors and includes 14 Regional Hubs, which are located throughout the United States. A small staff and a group of dedicated Advocates support our work.
RSC’s mission-driven work now includes four signature programs. The overarching goal of these efforts is to support the development of thriving and sustainable rural communities:
- School-Centered Philanthropy — promoting strategies that address rural capital flight and enhance resources for student learning;
- Place Network Schools— supporting Teton Science Schools’ Place Network, a place-centered learning community of small and rural schools;
- Grants in Place — making grants to rural teachers in support of innovative place-based learning projects;
- Rural Teacher Corps Initiative — strengthening the recruitment, preparation, placement, and retention of rural teacher-leaders.
RSC continues to expand through strong relationship development and collaboration with our partners in service of our shared mission to create sustainable rural communities by strengthening the bonds between schools and communities. We want to thank you for your continued support, and we invite you to read this year's annual report: Rural Resilience.
2021-2022 Annual Report: Rural Resilience
Check out this year's annual report to learn more about Rural Schools Collaborative's good works!
February 9, 2024
RSC Arkansas Delta partners Rural Community Alliance support community-led education projects to advance career readiness and develop local assets.
February 6, 2024
An agriculture teacher cooking up community involvement, place-based education and student pride all through investing in their rural school’s kitchen.
January 26, 2024
RSC recently joined our partners at Arkansas Teacher Corps for an All Corps Saturday, where teaching fellows from across the state come together for professional development and community building.