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National Rural Education Association

About the Event

National Forum to Advance Rural Education October 20-21, 2022


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This year’s event theme will build upon last year’s theme, Raising Rural: A Fair Chance for a Good Life, which will explore creative and cooperative action around three strands: community, agency, and creativity.



How can rural living be economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable?



How can rural learning advance self determination and inclusive opportunity?



How can rural partnering respect community identity and generate creative responses to mutual challenges?

What to Expect

two days of in person learning

Two days of in-person learning

24/7 access to on demand learning

24/7 access to on-demand learning

100 learning sessions

100+ learning sessions (live and pre-recorded)


Inspiring keynotes & speakers

in person and virtual

In-person and virtual networking opportunities

contact hours

Opportunities to earn contact hours

Meaningful Connection Opportunities

Whether you're an in-person or virtual attendee, we know you want meaningful opportunities to connect with speakers, exhibitors, and other attendees. That's why we've designed several new event features that help increase engagement and communication for all attendees.

live streamed sessions

Livestreamed General Sessions

All general sessions, including keynote sessions, panel discussions, and the award ceremony will be livestreamed in real time.

in person and virtual

In-Person and Virtual Exhibits

We are excited to host exhibitors in-person at this year's conference. Most of our exhibitors will also have a virtual booth and offer the opportunity to schedule one-on-one or small group sessions virtually.

surprise and delight

Surprise and Delight Features

Everyone likes a gift and we have a few creative and fun ideas up our sleeves for in-person and virtual attendees.

New for 2022

Early Registration and Welcome Party

Wednesday, October 19, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Join us on Wednesday evening to grab your registration materials, have a few snacks and drinks, listen to music, connect with exhibitors, and meet other conference attendees! Experience the fun, energy, and excitement before the official conference begins.