National Rural Education Association
The Voice of Rural Schools and Communities

Member Involvement

NREA Annual Convention

We encourage all members to participate in the NREA Annual Convention, held in a different state each year. We invite members to provide workshops, seminars, research reports, and other major presentations. The convention includes the annual Research Symposium, a major in-service and staff development activity for members and non-members. The convention features prominent national congressional representatives, state governors, chief state school officers, U.S. Department of Education officials, and speakers from leading national businesses, corporations, and educational associations.

Regional and State Conferences

NREA members are kept informed of national, regional, and state rural education conferences and are encouraged to participate. These include state meetings held by NREA State Affiliate Associations.

Liaison with Regional Educational Laboratories

NREA coordinates many of its activities with the Regional Education Laboratories rural education program development specialists and coordinators, several of whom are NREA members. Many NREA members serve on regional rural education advisory panels, sub-committees, and task forces.

Participation on Federal Review Panels

NREA members are frequently invited to serve on national and federal education review panels, such as the national secondary and elementary school recognition program, exemplary Chapter I programs, review panels for federally funded programs, and planning committees for Department of Education-sponsored workshops, seminars, and national conferences.

Rural Education Research Centers

NREA has established criteria for the identification and endorsement of National Rural Education Research Centers at universities and colleges and within other agencies, public and private. Some centers have already been established and endorsed for an initial three-year period.

NREA Foundation

The Foundation seeks grants, gifts, and bequests to help fund research, scholarships, and incentives in the field of Rural Education.

Annual NREA Research Symposium

The NREA recognizes outstanding rural education researchers and research projects. At each annual convention, principal investigators present in a workshop-seminar format. We invite you to find out more about what the NREA has to offer at the NREA Research Symposium.

NREA Teams

NREA members are eligible to serve on NREA teams. Team members are chosen from the general membership on a volunteer basis.

Delegate Assembly

NREA members represent their various states as official delegates to the national convention. Each state provides delegates and alternate delegates, who act upon policy matters, pass resolutions, and ratify recommendations on procedures, policies, and bylaws presented by the executive committee.

Peer Contacts

The NREA provides frequent opportunities for rural educators to communicate with each other through its journals, newsletters, regional and national meetings, and conventions. It provides a national and international network for sharing common concerns, issues, and current practices in rural education–a valuable and worthwhile benefit that can link you with numerous state, regional, and national entities working on a day-to-day basis for the interests of rural and small schools.