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Apr 20, 2022

Place-based projects inspire students to engage with their surroundings and assume leadership in their educational explorations. Haley Lancaster, a high school English teacher from Vincennes, Indiana, lives and breathes the history of her place. Hoping to motivate her students to become good stewards of the town, Haley...


Mar 25, 2022

The dedication of a teacher to their students is one of the enduring qualities of the profession. Aquenetta (Netta) Davis, an outstanding rural teacher in Mississippi, has traveled around the country, putting down roots in numerous states through her time in the military and later in education. Yet at each stop along...


Feb 11, 2022

Special thanks to Jason Neises, our Iowa Hub contact at Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, for connecting us with Bellevue Schools, and to Tom Meyer, superintendent of Bellevue School District, for partnering with Rural Schools Collaborative on this story. Read more about Bellevue Schools and CFGD here.

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Dec 14, 2021

In a rural setting, the impact of even one teacher can shape the human ecosystem of an entire community for generations. This is why teaching students academic skills is only one aspect of a teacher’s profession. Along with lessons on language arts and science, teachers shepherd students along their journey of...


Oct 22, 2021

More than just a good story, teacher narratives possess a power to invite us to reflect and act. When we look to teachers from around the world, we’re not only given an opportunity to appreciate our unique differences, but also to recognize what we share in common. That moment of recognition can be transformative in...