As the official journal of the National Rural Education Association, The Rural Educator serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among the rural education community. The journal aims to provide a greater understanding of the strengths and needs of rural education and to provide rural educators with resources that support their work.

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Current Issue: Volume 44, Number 4 (2023)

Research Articles


Rural Teachers’ and Non-Rural Teachers’ Motivations to Teach: Differences and Similarities
David J. Leech, Nancy L. Leech, Evan McClintock, and Carolyn A. Haug


Rural Teachers’ Burnout, Well-Being, and COVID-19 Related Stress During the Pandemic
Jennifer D. Deaton, L. DiAnne Borders, Carrie Wachter Morris, Jasmine L. Garland McKinney, Saron Fantahun, and Alexandria N. Smith

Promising Practice Article

Policy Brief

Invited Article


Why Rural Matters 2023: Centering Equity and Opportuniy: A Discussion with the Research Team
Sara L. Hartman, Jerry Johnson, Daniel Showalter, Karen Eppley, and Bob Klein