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 3 (2023)

Research Articles


Conceptualizing Rurality in Education Policy: Comparative Evidence from Missouri
Abby Burrola, Dorothy Rohde-Collins, and J. Cameron Anglum

Promising Practice Article


The Benefits of University Faculty as P-12 Substitute Teachers
Odin Jurkowski, Deanna Jurkowski, and Rene Burress

Policy Brief

Invited Article


The 2023 Whippoorwill Award: The 2023 Whippoorwill Award: Complex Representations of Rural Identities and Places
Chea L. Parton, Erika L. Bass, Devon Brenner, Kate E. Kedley, Alan Hoffmann, Jennifer Sanders, Jacqueline Yahn Mrs., and Michael Young

Children in a rural southeastern Ohio school plant “Seeds in a Bag” during a STEM event led by teacher candidates. Photo credit: Sara Hartman.