Rural teachers may apply for a federal grant to participate in The Rural School Leadership Academy, a fully sponsored, yearlong professional development program for aspiring school leaders working in rural schools.

During this program, participants develop the knowledge and skills necessary for school leadership roles, while building a powerful network of aspiring school leaders in rural communities. Now in its seventh year and with a highly selective Education Innovation Research Grant from the United States Department of Education, the program has expanded to include both Teach For America alumni and non-alumni interested in pursuing rural school leadership.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 25.

Program Components Include:

  • One week and three long weekend in-person gatherings in rural locations across the country (four meetings total). These gatherings focus on professional development sessions delivered by content experts, site visits to rural schools, and cohort-based learning with leaders from across the country.
  • Ongoing virtual engagement that supplements the live gatherings
  • Participant-driven capstone project designed to impact participant’s school and/or community
  • All participant travel, food and professional development expenses are fully covered

Learn more about RSLA, which local leaders may be right for the program, and share with your networks at Know a rural school leader that would be a great fit for RSLA – nominate them here.

All nominees will receive personal outreach about the RSLA program from a member of our team. Please send any questions to