Rural School and Community Trust /Rural Trust

  • The Rural School and Community Trust is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. Our mission is to help rural schools and communities get better together.
  • Working in some of the poorest, most challenging places, the Rural Trust involves young people in learning linked to their communities, improves the quality of teaching and school leadership, and advocates in a variety of ways for appropriate state educational policies, including the key issue of equitable and adequate funding for rural schools … (about 1/2 /who we are).

Mission; Vision; History; Board; Funders; Staff; What’s new; News and links;
Membership; About capacity building; Why rural matters;
Address: The Rural School and Community Trust, 1530 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 240, Arlington, VA 22209, USA;

About 2/2 /how we work: … The Rural Trust provides a variety of services – training, networking, technical assistance, coaching, mentoring, research – and materials to increase the capacity of rural schools, teachers, young people, and communities to develop and implement high quality place-based education.

We encourage rural people through education, research, organizing and advocacy to become knowledgeable, persistent, and effective citizens who are actively engaged in policy issues that directly affect the quality of education in their communities. We also serve as a resource for educators and policymakers at the state and national levels – identifying and analyzing policies and practices that strengthen rural education, and changing policies that are detrimental to rural schools.

Our Publications:

The Rural Trust publishes the monthly newsletter Rural Policy Matters, which provides news of interest to citizens and community groups working on state-level policy issues affecting rural schools. In addition, the Rural Trust maintains a Web site. We have an active publications program that includes Why Rural Matters, a biennial snapshot of the condition of rural education in each of the 50 states, and numerous special reports and white papers.

Rural Trust Financial Statement:

The Rural School and Community Trust’s most recent 990 and audited financial statements are available upon request. Please send your request to José Arévalo, CFO, 1530 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 240, Arlington, VA 22209, by fax to 703-243-6035 or by email. There may be a small fee to cover postage for requests of hard copies, no charge for electronic copies.

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