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!

Recent News - Illinois Feature from I Am A Rural Teacher

Imagine being a first-year teacher, in a school where kids speak 19 languages, in the age of COVID-19. This month IAART is featuring Kylee Payne of Monmouth, IL. Thank you to partners at Monmouth College, Galesburg Community Foundation, and the Teton Science Schools Place Network.

Premier Partners

I Am A Rural Teacher: Rural Schools Collaborative and National Rural Education Association Share Nationwide Perspectives

We are asking for teachers and teacher-leaders (principals, superintendents, etc.) submit a short essay and photo describing their experience OR nomination of teachers that are truly a boon to the community during the COVID-19 closures.

You may also submit a story for the general campaign (i.e., not related to COVID-19).


Thank you so much for all that you do for your rural schools. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Click the button below to see Illinois perspectives or submit your story today.

Contact Information

Contact us by form here.


Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools

Office: Horrabin Hall #115G
Macomb, Illinois 61455

Phone: 618.924.8218

Email: execdir@airssedu.org 

© 2019 by The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools

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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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