Welcome to NREA

Welcome to the National Rural Education Association (NREA) website. The NREA is the voice of all rural schools and rural communities across the United States. In an increasingly confusing system, we are at your service to help rural educators find and use the resources you need to educate today’s students. Whether you need to know about the current legislation that affects rural communities, have completed important research that needs to be published, or are looking for help with the specific education needs you face within your community, our national organization can help. We are your advocates – your voice – in education.

The NREA (National Rural Education Association) was originally founded as the Department of Rural Education in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Through the years it has evolved as a strong and respected organization of rural school administrators, teachers, board members, regional service agency personnel, researchers, business and industry representatives, and others interested in maintaining the vitality of rural school systems across the country.

Please visit our website often, and let us be your voice in education.


Latest News
Wisconsin Teacher Named 2013-14 Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year

John Hill, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association, announced the selection of Jessica Meacham as the Monsanto Fund National Rural Teacher of the Year.

Meacham teaches at Southern Door Elementary School in Brussels, Wisconsin, where she has taught first grade for the past eight years. She has a total of seventeen years of experience.

Meacham shares, “Teaching is my calling”. She began by teaching brothers and sisters as a young child. She began her career in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. Meacham prefers “living and working in a rural community.”

We encourage you to read the press release in its entirety.


The Rural Educator

Be sure to take a look at the information in The Rural Educator. This is the official journal of the NREA. We have all of the past issues for you to view.


NREA Convention