Central Illinois Rural School PArntership

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

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.

On June 15, we held our first Rural School Forum to share ideas. We are sending out a survey to solicit feedback on priorities and identify schools and communities interested in partnerships. Please go here to complete survey.

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

serving central Illinois

Regional Activities

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