Advancing Rural Education Cohort

Shaping the future for all learners.

Rural leaders and students

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.

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 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT beginning September 20, 2023.

September 20, 2023

October 18, 2023

November 15, 2023

December 13, 2023

January 17, 2024

February 21, 2024

March 20, 2024

April 17, 2024

May 15, 2024


In-Person Meetings


The comprehensive high school is the dinosaur in the room and is designed to prepare all students for a high school diploma. Yet we know that 99% of all high-wage, high-demand careers require training beyond a high school degree. If we don't hold high expectations for all students to earn more than a high school degree, then only a small percentage of students will be truly prepared for success.

Kim Alexander

Founder, Collegiate Edu-Nation


September 20, 2023 to May 15, 2024


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  • Valerie Truesdale

    Senior Assistant Executive Director, Leadership Network

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association


AASA and Hanover Research on Rural Education


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