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2017 Conference Registration is Open!

For most rural school districts in this country, collaboration is not a choice, it is a necessity. Collaboration helps to elevate the voice of rural districts, uplift and empower isolated educators, administrators, and students, and leverage limited resources to tackle big issues. We believe in the power of collaboration to help advance equity, economic growth, and educational change for rural students and communities across the country. 

In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association will host the 2017 National Forum to Advance Rural Education. This year’s event theme is Growing Success, which will focus on connecting education and work, strengthening the profession, and supporting the whole child.

This event brings hundreds of rural education leaders and practitioners together to learn, network, and collaborate on the topics at the forefront of rural education. Register by June 30, 2017 to receive the early bird discount!

National Rural Education Association Research Network

During the research committee meeting at the recent NREA conference, we discussed the possibility of creating a directory of rural researchers and potential partners related to the areas identified in the NREA research agenda. 

We believe that such a directory would be beneficial both for internal and external purposes. Once created, the directory will reside (as a pdf) on our website where members, other researchers, graduate students, advocates, leaders of national organizations could readily access it. We hope to facilitate connections among researchers and other partners with similar interests. 

To include your information in the directory, complete the online Google form. The form will be available through April 30, 2017.

Please see the NREA Research Agenda. For our practitioner and advocacy partners, please indicate your interests below. We would love to connect with you to further rural education. 

If you have any questions about the form or the membership directory, please feel free to contact by e-mail Dr. Nicole Miller.

Amazon Smile Account

NREA now has a smile account. Amazon will donate funds to NREA with every purchase through the link below.

2017 Call for Exhibitors Now Open

This event is a unique opportunity to advance conversations around rural education and prosperity through collaborative action. Connect with more than 500 rural education leaders who can make decisions on the products and services they purchase.

Exhibit dates: October 12–13, 2017, at the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University. 

Second floor booths include:

  • One 6' table and two chairs
  • Standard black drapery and piping
  • Electricity and Wi-Fi
  • Two full days of exhibit time (October 12 and 13)
  • A dedicated on-site exhibitor representative
  • Two conference registrations (includes breakfasts, lunches, and snacks)
  • Logo featured in the printed program
  • Inclusion in Guidebook, our virtual program and event app
  • Logo displayed in the conference slideshow (plays during all general sessions)

Cost: Single booth is $600 and a double booth is $1,000

  • If selecting a double booth, enter the code: DOUBLE2

Third floor booths include:

  • One 6' table and two chairs
  • Electricity and Wi-Fi
  • Two full days of exhibit time (October 12 and 13)
  • A dedicated on-site exhibitor representative
  • Two conference registrations (includes breakfasts, lunches, and snacks)
  • Logo featured in the printed program
  • Inclusion in Guidebook, our virtual program and event app
  • Logo displayed in the conference slideshow (plays during all general sessions)

Cost: Single booth is $500 and a double booth is $850

  • If selecting a double booth, enter the code: DOUBLE3

Please contact Allen Pratt by e-mail for more information.

2017 National Forum To Advance Rural Education

This year the National Rural Education Association (NREA) and Battelle for Kids will partner together to host the 2017 Rural Education National Forum and 109th NREA Convention and Research Symposium on October 12-14, 2017, at The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. By joining together, we are able to expand each organization’s annual event by bringing more education organizations and leaders together to advance conversations and greater impact around rural education.

Last year, more than 500 attendees from 40 states attended the event. Attendees got to hear from leading experts and practitioners around topics at the forefront of rural education, and were paid a visit from John B. King, Jr., the United States secretary of education, along with other dynamic keynote presenters.

Learn more and register now.

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.