Rural Education Speaker Series

Towards a geography of justice: Rural equity and the promise of public education (PDF)November 19, 2020. Mara Casey Tieken, Associate Professor of Education, Bates College.
Video of presentation

Value of Place & Partnerships: Lessons from Rural Schools to Strengthen Educator Preparation – January 30, 2020. Jayne Downey, Associate Professor, Montana State University.

Statewide Efforts to Support Student Mental Health in Rural Communities – April 30, 2019. Rebecca Collins, DPI.

Wisconsin’s Demographic Changes: Impact on Rural Schools and Communities – November 13, 2018. Sarah Kemp, Researcher with the Applied Population Lab.


Connecting with Rural Communities – April 23, 2019

Jennifer Seelig, Rural Education Research & Implementation Center (RERIC), along with Gavin Luter and Dr. Joseph Holt.
Sponsored by Morgridge Center for Public Service, Association of Graduated Engaged Scholars (AGES), Rural Health Interest Group.

Education Partnership Series

Teacher Speakout! brings Wisconsin K–12 teachers to the UW–Madison campus to engage with the university’s education researchers. WCER hosts Teacher Speakout! to better inform and connect its research to the realities of Wisconsin classrooms.

  • Teacher Speakout! – October 5, 2018
  • Teacher Speakout! – May 15, 2017
    WCER held the first Teacher Speakout! on May 15, 2017, when nine public school teachers from seven rural districts participated in a panel discussion and shared their experiences of teaching in Wisconsin’s small towns and rural areas.

Sponsored Presentations

Mutual Survival: Education Reform & Economic Change in Rural Wisconsin – February, 6, 2019
Jennifer Seelig, Rural Education Research & Implementation Center (RERIC)
Sponsored by WIES and WCER

Brokering Social Capital and Rural STEM Pathways – December, 6, 2018
Scott Byrd, PHD – Researcher with Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance
Sponsored with: The Network & Field Day


Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Conference – October 29 & 30, 2018