Central Illinois
Rural School Partnership


We Believe...

Our nation’s challenges present real opportunities for rural places, and a sustainable American future must include a thriving rural landscape. It is possible and necessary to develop strategies that encourage people to remain in or return to rural regions. However, these efforts cannot be prescriptive, rigid or mandated. Instead, successful pathways will be purposeful, collaborative and grounded in place.

Ultimately, rural renewal will depend on committed efforts to:

  1. Bolster rural public education

  2. Build charitable capital

  3. Support thoughtful rural community development

  4. Nurture local heritage, and

  5. Rekindle an agrarian spirit

A group of east central Illinois stakeholders has been awarded a small amount of funding to explore the framework provided National Rural School Collaborative. For more information on the larger network, see the Rural School Collaborative.

June 15, 2017

We will be holding a Rural School Forum on June 15 in Buzzard Hall at EIU. We will add more detail as it becomes available (register)

For more information, contact: Brian (bdreid@schooltransformation.net)