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Welcome to the Mississippi Rural Education Association!


Thank you for your interest in the Mississippi Rural Education Association! MSREA is housed at The Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS, Inc.) and is a state chapter of the National Rural Education Association. MSREA brings together rural educators and advocates. As a state chapter of NREA, we aim to:

  • Celebrate the strengths of rural schools in Mississippi

  • Promote excellent teaching and learning in rural schools

  • Advocate for rural schools at the state and national level

  • Serve as a resource for rural schools in Mississippi

  • Collaborate with rural educators across the US


As a member of MSREA you will receive the following benefits including:

  • Collaboration with rural educators and advocates including post-secondary educators and non-profit groups working to support rural schools in MS

  • Opportunity to attend the PREPS Partnership Conference including a dedicated strand of rural-focused sessions

  • Opportunity to nominate a Mississippi Rural Teacher of the Year, NREA Hero Award, Exemplary Practices Award, and for students to participate in the annual NREA Foundation Essay Contest

  • Rural education legislative updates through the MSREA twitter feed

  • Opportunity to direct the advocacy work of MSREA

  • Attendance at the MSREA annual meeting, to be held at the PREPS Partnership Conference each year 

  • and many more benefits to be determined!


As a member of MSREA, you will automatically become a member of the National Rural Education Association. Membership in NREA confers the following benefits:

  • Membership in the National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition to monitor and influence federal legislation relating to rural schools

  • Weekly electronic newsletter, The NREA Update

  • Opportunity to attend the NREA Research Symposium and NREA convention

  • The Rural Educator, the peer-reviewed journal of the NREA and the voice of small and rural schools

  • Opportunities to connect with rural educators across the US


We encourage you to join the Mississippi and national Rural Education communities:

Individual Membership - If you are a community member or an educator not in a PREPS District and would like information about joining MSREA - please email us at

Co-Chairs - Dr. Tyler Hansford, Supt. UPSD and Dr. Patti Permenter, WCU

MSREA Strategic Development Coordinators- Mrs. Amanda Tullos and

Dr.Devon Brenner, MSU Research and Development

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