Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative

Announcing the creation of OSRC!

As of 2013, the Ohio Department of Education typology study classified 431 School districts- the majority in the state- as small or rural by population. 665,000 students are served in rural and small town settings. Thousands more open enroll to suburban or urban districts as well. 20 rural and small districts are considered exemplars based on their typology. Many of our leading districts can provide resources to colleagues and students with the right venues provided them at the local, state, and national level. The need for small and rural access to resources, programming, advocacy, and networking has never been greater.

Enter the OSRC!

The NREA is the voice of all rural schools and communities across the United States. OSRC and NREA will provide professional development programming, resources, research, and help for specific education needs as we also shed a light on current practices and issues that impact Ohio’s schools.The NREA was founded in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Teachers, Administrators, Board Members, and Service Agencies form regional partnerships to maintain the vitality and quality of rural and small school education across America. OSRC is led by Executive Director Kirk Koennecke of the Graham Local Schools, a leading rural school district in central Ohio. Mr. Koennecke has over 22 years of experience advocating for school districts of all shapes and sizes. Mr. Koennecke will seek to connect members with Battelle’s initiatives for small and rural schools, provide members with the services of both OSRC and NREA, and promote Ohio’s lead educational organizations and institutions to advocate for professional development access and equity.

Member Benefits of OSRC

Members Benefits of OSRC:

  • Network with the largest body of professional educators and leaders in America
  • A unique PLN platform for ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in the NREA Forum
  • Attend regional and state level conferences annually
  • Receive monthly updates and an NREA newsletter
  • Annual educator awards from OSRC and partners
  • Receive Rural Educator peer review journal
  • Members Only website content
  • NREA Mini-grant program 
  • Access to regional education laboratories and research 
  • Learn from national teams working on rural programming for schools
  • Access legislative insight at the state and federal levels
  • Follow OSRC Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts

Contact Us

OSRC

7790 W US HWY 36, SAINT PARIS, OH 43072, us

(937) 663-4123

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm