Education and Opportunity for Rural Students and Communities

Current and past Conferences

What's going on

The 18th Rural Alliance Conference

Sunday & Monday February 24th & 25th

To Register click here


Conference Survey

Sunday, February 24th

Janee Myers Twitchell

STEM by the Numbers

Benjamin Baird

Schools Out Washington

SEL Framework in Washington

SEL Indicators

Draft SEL Implementation Guide

Monday, February 25th

Dr. Joyce Gilbert

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Microsoft TechSpark Team


The Rural Counselors’ Network Convening

Monday, February 25th

To Register click here



RCN Conference Survey

The Rural Alliance Superintendents’ Leadership Cohort

Sunday, February 3rd & Monday, February 4th

Northern Quest Resort & Casino Airway Heights, WA

Fall RCN Meeting

Fall 2018 Rural Counselors' Network Meeting

October 8th, 2018 8:00-3:00pm Northern Quest Resort & Casino Airway Heights, WA

The Rural Counselors' Network (RCN) Fall Meeting is sponsored by the Rural Alliance. It is an opportunity for counselors of small rural school districts to come together to learn from, and collaborate with one another.  Counselors and those that support the counseling role in small rural districts are invited to attend.

The vision of the Rural Alliance is success for every rural student, family, and community. The primary focus of the RCN is to increase readiness for college, career (CCR), and life for all students, including growth in academic, career and social-emotional development. Goals for counselors: 1. Share resources, information, and tools to support college, career, and life readiness and 2. Engage in peer collaboration and mentoring to strengthen practice. 

Agenda will include: HS & Beyond Plan and the Counselor Framework as it relates to small rural schools, thinking systemically for the whole-child "life plan", development of regional pods, Admissions, College Bound, and Social-Emotional Supports. This is a meeting, not a 'sit and get' day! Please come ready to network and share ideas! 

$30 fee will be used to offset lunch expenses. Payment options during registration include: pay online, pay by invoice, or pay at the door with a check.

To register for the event click here

To see the agenda for the event click here

The Big Eight

The Big Eight project began with the premise that there is a small number of critical ‘life skills’ or personal attributes that students need to practice and that educators need to include as an essential part of learner development. ‘Life Skills’ improve access to learning, success in career, and formulate an individual’s engagement as a fictional member of a community.

To see full documentation on the Big Eight click here

Event: Conference

The Rural Alliance Conference will be taking place on:

september 30th & october 1st at Northern Quest Resort and casino

Event: Conference

The Rural Counselor Network will be taking place on:

October 8th at Northern Quest Resort and casino

High School & Beyond Plan Template

The High School & Beyond Plan Template is now available on the OSPI Career guidance WA website in 10 languages:


You can find these templates and other developmental tools for High School & Beyond planning at: