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Rural School Teacher Talent Pilot Program

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The legislature created the Rural School Teacher Talent Pilot Program in the 2017-2019 state budget to try and increase the exposure that teacher candidates and student teachers have working in a rural school with the hope that more new teachers will consider working in a rural school (see Wis. Stat. 115.423).

The grants allow regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) to coordinate practicum, student teacher, and internship placements in rural districts.  These pre-service candidates may receive a stipend for working in a rural school, and student teachers are eligible to receive either a housing stipend to live in the rural district during student teaching or travel reimbursement if commuting from their campus.

For more information, please contact your educator preparation program, your CESA (see, or the grant coordinator, Aly Tress at CESA 8 (920.855.2114 ext. 222 or