Central Illinois

Rural School PArtnership

Supporting parnterships for rural schools and communities. in Central Illinois


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:

Bolster rural public education

Build charitable capital

Support thoughtful rural community development

Nurture local heritage, and

Rekindle an agrarian spirit

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


The world ain’t what is used to be...

We can't solve the problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
                                                                             -Albert Einstein

Central Illinois
Rural School Partnership

Joint effort to connect schools, churches, non-profits, economic development, and agencies for collaboration and solving common problems to improve rural communities

Web Links

Coles County Time Out

Mid-Illinois Computer Educators

East Central/EIU Reading Council

Rural School Collaborative

Teacher Corp:
Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Brian Reid

Twitter: @brianSTN


As a result of the June 15 Rural School Forum, the first network organized is the Farm to School Network. The organizational meeting will be held:

August 17, 2017

Common Grounds ( in Mattoon)

3:00 – 4:00 pm