- Last Updated on October 24, 2011
- Written by CMI Staff
The Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiative’s collaborative model enables partners to work together in flexible and mutually beneficial ways. It is an organization where people can opt in—an open network, a group of people passionately committed to strengthening rural schools in the heartland in ways appropriate to their respective organizations and communities.
The Rural Trust’s director of policy, Marty Strange, has long advocated for regional approaches to rural school development. CMI embodies this belief. The open, on-the-ground model provides a network for distributing research and policy information important to educators and to rural advocates. In addition, this website and related efforts allows students, teachers, and communities to tell their stories and share their perspectives on the work.
The Rural Trust is a national catalyst for creating regional infrastructure to support local rural education efforts. The people, organizations, and programs highlighted on this site are dedicated to this end.