Advancing Rural Education Cohort


Rural districts face unique challenges in staffing, workforce development, partnerships, early learning and other areas that significantly impact their learners and communities. In the Advancing Rural Education Cohort, you will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and engage in conversations about challenges and strategies in rural communities, particularly around the topics of workforce trends and partnerships with higher education.

Dates: October 19, 2022 - June 21, 2023

Registration Fee:

Nonmember Price: $2,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000

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What Will I Learn?

  • Build a network with other rural leaders to share strategies that will build knowledge to address challenges and discover opportunities
  • Understand preschool through post-secondary education models
  • Delve into early learning practices
  • Develop an understanding of the value of industry credentials and early college experiences in high schools 
  • Gain knowledge of projections for workforce development 
  • Understand the benefits of higher education partnerships

Who Should Attend?

Superintendents and other educational leaders serving rural communities.

Program Dates and Details

Virtual Meetings

Third Wednesdays of the month at 11 am PT/1 pm MT/2 pm ET.

  • October 19, 2022
  • November 16, 2022
  • December 21, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • May 17, 2023
  • June 21, 2023

In-Person Meetings

Site Visit - February 15, 2023 to Lytle ISD, Texas. Registered cohort members receive complimentary registration for site visits. Guests are also welcome to attend this site visit by registering in advance.

Program Lead(s)

Brian Creasman, Superintendent, Fleming Co. Schools (KY)

Rachael McClain, Chief of Staff, Collegiate Edu-Nation (TX)


Please contact Leadership Network Assistant Executive Director, Valerie Truesdale at or Leadership Network Senior Associate Executive Director, Mort Sherman at