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

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, Grants in Place

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, Black Belt, GRAD Partnership

Jayla Gellington - Moundville, AL

March 5, 2024

Bringing real-world learning into the classroom.

Regional Hubs, Power of Partnerships, Black Belt, Teacher Profile, Rural Resilience

Lanie Christianson and Matthew Eastman - University of Maine

February 28, 2024

Finding a passion for teaching when Maine needs them most.

Regional Hubs, New England, Teacher Profile

GRAD Partnership Intermediary Spotlight: North State Together

February 16, 2024

North State Together, one of Rural Schools Collaborative’s far Northern California hub leads, was recently named a national intermediary spotlight for the GRAD Partnership for Student Success.

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

Investing in Engagement: Exploring Community Development in Rural Arkansas

February 9, 2024

RSC Arkansas Delta partners Rural Community Alliance support community-led education projects to advance career readiness and develop local assets.

Regional Hubs, Power of Partnerships, Arkansas Delta, Place-Based Education, Rural Resilience

Cultivating Connections: Innovative Place-Based Learning Transforms Perry Central

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.

Place-Based Education, Rural Resilience