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National Rural Education Association

About the Convention & Research Symposium

National Forum to Advance Rural Education - November 11-12, 2021 at JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

We invite you to join us for our National Forum to Advance Rural Education. This year’s event theme is Raising Rural: A Fair Chance for a Good Life, which will explore the following three questions:


How can rural living be more economically and environmentally sustainable?

  • Leading transformation in rural schools and communities
  • Leveraging local assets to strengthen community development
  • Using technology to connect rural students, educators, and others

How can rural learning be more relevant and valuable personally, locally, and globally?

  • Promoting career pathways/dual enrollment
  • Improving career and technical education through strategic partnerships
  • Leading successful school-to-work transitions

How can rural places be more inclusive and less divisive when they address racial, ethnic, class, and gender equity issues?

  • Exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion redefine student success
  • Building the capacity of teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Increasing access to learning opportunities for all students

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 welcome back exhibitors in-person to 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.

real time presenter

Real-Time Presenter Engagement Sessions

Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one or small group sessions virtually with presenters who offer time slots.

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.