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.

The Rural Educator has been published by the National Rural Education Association, with some gaps, since the early 1900s. Past issues of The Rural Educator dating back to 2004 can be found at the journal's website. Previous issues of The Rural Educatoras well as other publications of the National Rural Education Association dating back to the early 1900s (including The Country Teacher) are archived and can be found at The Hathi Trust in the NREA Collection.

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Current Issue: Volume 43, Number 1 (2022) Race and Rurality in Education

From the Editors

Research Articles


Educators’ Perspectives on Factors Impacting STEM Achievement in Rural Indigenous Student- Serving Schools
AnnMaria De Mars, Juliana Taken Alive, Maria Burns Ortiz, Zixuan Ma, and Minruo Wang


Grounded in Relationships of Support: Indigenous Teacher Mentorship in the Rural West
Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, Iva Moss, Angela Como Jacobson, Rebekka Boysen-Taylor, and Shawna Campbell-Daniels

Promising Practice Article

Policy Brief

Students writing a reflection about their Making Civic Arguments projects while sitting on a boardwalk beside a geothermal feature at Yellowstone National Park. Photo Credit: Robin Hehn