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.
As of 2013, the Ohio Department of Education typology study classified 431 School districts- the majority in the state- as small or rural by population. 665,000 students are served in rural and small town settings. Thousands more open enroll to suburban or urban districts as well. 20 rural and small districts are considered exemplars based on their typology. Many of our leading districts can provide resources to colleagues and students with the right venues provided them at the local, state, and national level. The need for small and rural access to resources, programming, advocacy, and networking has never been greater.
The NREA is the voice of all rural schools and communities across the United States. OSRC and NREA will provide professional development programming, resources, research, and help for specific education needs as we also shed a light on current practices and issues that impact Ohio’s schools.The NREA was founded in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Teachers, Administrators, Board Members, and Service Agencies form regional partnerships to maintain the vitality and quality of rural and small school education across America. OSRC is led by Executive Director Kirk Koennecke of the Graham Local Schools, a leading rural school district in central Ohio. Mr. Koennecke has over 22 years of experience advocating for school districts of all shapes and sizes. Mr. Koennecke will seek to connect members with Battelle’s initiatives for small and rural schools, provide members with the services of both OSRC and NREA, and promote Ohio’s lead educational organizations and institutions to advocate for professional development access and equity.
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