Welcome to AIRSS.

Welcome to the AIRSS (Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools) web page. The Association was chartered in 1987 with the purpose of presenting a unified effort to promote educational excellence in rural and small schools in Illinois. In 1994, LOCON (Local Control) merged with and became an affiliate of AIRSS to solidify us as the ONLY statewide organization that helps to promote and enhance education in rural and small schools in every community and location of Illinois.

 

Our emphasis is to give identity, voice and recognition to rural and small schools and their local communities.

 

We are here for you!

Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share
Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share

At a recent Rural Schools Collaborative visioning and planning meeting held at Monmouth College students from the TARTANS rural teacher corps program shared experiences from the program and answered questions from a national audience of rural educators.

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AIRSS and Miss Illinois
AIRSS and Miss Illinois

AIRSS is excited to announce this partnership. Click to read more. Photo Credit: Samantha McCann Photography.

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On his recent visit to “The Hill” AIRSS Executive Director David Ardrey and first term Congressman Mike Bost share a lighter moment as they discuss issues that impact our rural communities and schools.

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Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share
Monmouth TARTANS, Students Share

At a recent Rural Schools Collaborative visioning and planning meeting held at Monmouth College students from the TARTANS rural teacher corps program shared experiences from the program and answered questions from a national audience of rural educators.

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Register for the National Forum to Advance Rural Education in Indianapolis

Join us and our partners at the National Rural Education Association and Rural Schools Collaborative for a 3-day conference in Indianapolis focusing on rural equity and inclusion.

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Recent News - Rural Illinois School Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools is proud to join the United States Department of Education in recognizing New Simpson Hill School District 32 as a National Blue Ribbon School – located in rural Tunnel Hill, IL.

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