Rural Center

The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks builds the capacity of education agencies to undertake evidence-based continuous improvement in rural schools and districts. Through our work, we will increase the body of rigorous research and proven solutions in rural education.


The Rural Center’s network, launched in 2019 with funding from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), includes 49 rural districts from across New York and Ohio as well as their state education agencies, educational service agencies, and regional data centers. In the second phase of our work, we will expand the network to include three additional states in which we will implement successful interventions found to be effective during phase one.


Partnering with NCRERN

The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks is looking for Ohio rural school districts to join a network of other rural districts across Ohio and New York committed to working together to improve student attendance and postsecondary readiness. Network districts capitalize on their district’s unique strengths to develop interventions tailored to the needs of their district.

Rural districts who join the NCRERN network receive strategic advice, hands-on assistance, and data and analytic support from dedicated data analysts, program design experts, and other Harvard researchers. Membership in the network also provides peer networking opportunities with other rural districts to share best practices and other findings.

The application will close on July 22, 2020. Prior to completing the application, please ensure your district is eligible to participate by referencing our list of eligible districts. We request that interested districts hold space on their calendar should they be invited for a 30-minute interview during the week of July 27th. 

Apply to Become a Partner in Ohio

In Phase Two of our work, the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks will be seeking partner districts committed to using evidence to tackle challenges of student attendance and postsecondary readiness.

While our application is currently only open for OH rural school districts you can subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when it opens more broadly.


Contact Us

Caitlin Laughlin, Project Coordinator,

NCRERN research reported on this website was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305C1900004. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.