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National Forum to Advance Rural Education

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. 

In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association (NREA) will host the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education. For more information on sponsorship, forum dates, and networking benefits please feel free to read the National Forum to Advance Rural Education Flyer.

Call For Presenters

We are currently accepting proposals for presenters for our 2018 NREA National Forum to Advance Rural Education Convention and Research Symposium in October. Please submit any proposals by Friday, April 13, 2018. For additional information, please visit see our presenters brochure or visit our Convention and Research page.

Annual Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year Award

The National Rural Education Association is very proud to present the Annual Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year Award to a deserving rural teacher. The generous support provided by Monsanto Fund lets the Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year receive a $2000 honorarium, and the Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year’s school district receives $1000 to purchase instructional materials and school supplies.

Essay Contest

We would like to invite all students to enter the NREA essay contest. Please see the essay contest flyer for information, such as requirements and prizes. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 1. We look forward to your entries!

2018 NREA Annual Convention

Mark your calendars for the 2018 NREA National Forum to Advance Rural Education! The conference will be Thursday, October 11, 2018, through Friday, October 13, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. Please visit our Convention and Research page for updates. 

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.