National Rural Education Association
The Voice of Rural Schools and Communities

All About NREA

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. NREA is the voice or rural communities and schools across the United States.

Dr. Allen PrattDr. Allen Pratt has served as a high school science teacher and coach, a high school principal, assistant superintendent/curriculum director, executive director of the Tennessee Rural Education Association, executive director of the East Tennessee Center of Regional Excellence for the Tennessee Department of Education, and rural outreach liaison for Lincoln Memorial University. His primary interests are those issues which impact rural schools and the role of instructional leaders at the district and building levels. He is also involved at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Education and Educational Leadership.

The NREA is a membership organization that operates as a tax-exempt, non-profit entity. It is directed by an elected executive committee consisting of national representatives of:

  • Rural School Administrators
  • Rural School Teachers
  • State Education Agencies
  • Educational Service Agencies
  • Higher Education
  • Rural School District Boards
  • At-Large Constituencies

In addition to the executive committee, the NREA has two governing bodies: the corporate meeting and the delegate assembly, made up of two representatives (and two alternates) from each of the fifty states. Affiliate organizations also have one delegate to represent them at the annual delegate assembly. This group meets annually at the NREA Annual Convention. The delegate assembly hears reports from standing committees and passes on resolutions, policy matters, and other policies of the association.