Welcome to NREA

Welcome to the National Rural Education Association (NREA) website. The NREA is the voice of all rural schools and rural communities across the United States. In an increasingly confusing system, we are at your service to help rural educators find and use the resources you need to educate today’s students. Whether you need to know about the current legislation that affects rural communities, have completed important research that needs to be published, or are looking for help with the specific education needs you face within your community, our national organization can help. We are your advocates – your voice – in education.

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.

Please visit our website often, and let us be your voice in education.


Latest News
Going Digital

As part of NREA’s efforts to help you stay current with rural education issues, NREA has partnered with Discovery Education to offer a series of webinars focusing on “going digital.” I encourage your participation. If you are unable to watch the live webinar, please register and you will receive a link to observe the recording.

The first webinar in the series is titled Going Digital: A Personal Perspective and is on Tuesday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. (CT). Renee Cartier, the professional development director of Discovery Education, Lisa Davis, the technology integration specialist for Oriskany School District, and Mike Davis, elementary school principal for Oriskany School District, will discuss their district’s digital journey. They’ll share the highs and lows and what they’ve learned along the way, as well as how resources such as Discovery Education Streaming Plus have played an integral role in their transformation. You’ll leave this session energized and full of practical examples. 

We invite you to register for this event and take your next step towards going digital.

The second webinar is titled Going Digital: The Role of Professional Development and is on Monday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. (CT). This session explores the crucial role of professional development. Providing practical advice and insights, this session will illustrate what the best research in professional development looks like when it’s transferred to practice. Renee Cartier, professional development director of Discover Education, will utilize lessons learned from districts, schools, and school leaders to showcase the importance of connecting the best pedagogical practices with digital media, technologies, and resources to support improved teacher performance and student achievement.

Please register to enjoy this session.


106th NREA Convention and Research Symposium

The 106th NREA Convention and Research Symposium concluded last week. What a great experience! Jim Moulton and Katie and Kevin Morrow wetted our appetites, as they demonstrated the use of iPads, iPods, and computers to engage students in learning. For many of us, this is the beginning. Jessica Meacham showed us how to teach life’s lessons and academics using the terrarium. Jerry Ross shared his experiences as a NASA astronaut. Daisy Dyer Duerr took us through her school turn around experience, and the role technology played in the process. Organizing parents to become involved in the political process and electing legislators who support public education was the takeaway of Blake Powell’s presentation. This year’s program featured over 80 research and workshop sessions. Approximately 50% of the attendees were first–timers. A special thank you goes out to the participants in the NREA Foundation Auction. The auction brought in $2502 for foundation activities. Convention attendees raised $510 for the breast cancer awareness campaign by purchasing the “pink” t-shirts. 

A successful conference is the result of many volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, and attendees. Thanks to all of you for your efforts.

Preparation has begun for the 107th NREA Convention and Research Symposium, October 16-18, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis. 


The Rural Educator

Be sure to take a look at the information in The Rural Educator. This is the official journal of the NREA. We have all of the past issues for you to view.