We're All In. Now We Need You

CEN is a network of high-performing rural school districts and supportive communities united around a shared goal: To reshape the future of rural America. We partner with private and public stakeholders, including businesses, education agencies, and philanthropic organizations to improve student outcomes during and after their education.

CEN serves 19,000 students in 17 Independent School Districts, and growing nationwide.

Texas Member Districts

National Member Districts

Boone County School (West Virginia)
Bunker Hill CUSD 8 (Illinois)

Everyone has a role to play in this work.

We're looking for innovative, dedicated people who want to reinvent rural communities.

Superintendents, principals, and educators

who want to improve long-term student outcomes

Students & families

who want to expand their college and career opportunities

Rural communities

that want economic opportunity, smart growth, and improved quality of life for their place and people

IHEs and ISDs

who want to collaborate on integrated degree programming

Local nonprofits

who want to engage in connected community transformation


who want to mentor and train the next generation of local talent

Education agencies

who want to scale systemic change

Philanthropic organizations

who want to invest in economic development through education

What Role Will You Play?

Submissions should be directed to kalexander@edu-nation.org