Rural Schools Partnership Featured in National “Education Week”

The Rural Schools Partnership and Ozarks Teacher Corps are featured in the next issue of Education Week, a national publication focusing on K-12 practices and policies that reaches an audience of some 260,000 involved in the education field across America.

The online version of the story “Efforts to Build Rural Leadership Gain Steam” was published today on

The story features Albert Bryant, a Drury University senior from Everton, and Jessica Joiner, of Lebanon  who is also a senior at Drury, two of the 18 students in the inaugural class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps.

The story looks at several programs across the country that are trying to sustain rural schools facing challenges in recruiting staff and developing resources to provide quality education.

It also notes that John White, the U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, visited the Ozarks this year to see the new Ozarks Teacher Corps program unfold as a potential model for other areas. White attended the Rural Schools Partnership’s first Rural Education Rendezvous in May at the Thomasville Community Center.