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The Advancing Rural Wisconsin Initiative seeks to improve education, commerce and quality of life for rural residents so that Wisconsin's rural communities stay strong.

The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Rural Partners is dedicated to building collaborative partnerships across the public and private sectors for the benefit of rural Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Education Association Council represents the public policy, labor and professional interests of its 98,000 members.



The Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness.

NREA is a strong and respected organization dedicated to maintaining the vitality of rural school systems across the country.

A national nonprofit organization, the Rural Trust addresses the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities.

AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research.

Links to appropriate sources of information relating to rural education.

The Center for Rural Education takes a leadership role in advancing the cause of rural education.

JRRE is a peer-reviewed e-journal publishing original pieces of scholarly research of demonstrable relevance to educational issues within rural settings.

Provides access to recent data collected by NCES, as well as access to resources available through selected contractors and grantees of the U.S. Department of Education.

Established by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, NRCRES conducted research studies and implemented training for teachers in participating rural schools. 

The NSBA is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts across the United States.

PRA seeks to expand economic and social opportunities for America's rural communities and their residents.

The Rural Education SIG promotes scholarly conversation about the lives of rural people, places and their schools through research.

The official journal of the NREA, The Rural Educator features articles written by leading rural educators from all levels of education.

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