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Supporting Montana’s Rural Schools & Communities

The Center for Research on Rural Education (CRRE) at Montana State University-Bozeman was founded in 1995. In Fall 2015, the Department of Education received approval to revitalize the CRRE. Under the leadership of Dr. Jayne Downey, the mission of the CRRE is to collaborate with Montana’s rural PK-12 schools/districts, universities, tribal colleges, and state agencies to conduct and disseminate research to support and strengthen rural education and leadership in the state of Montana and across the nation.  

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It is our firm belief that nothing is more central to Montana’s future than sustaining and strengthening the quality of our P-20 system of education.  The revitalization of the CRRE with a nationally-aligned research agenda plays a critical role in supporting this endeavor.  Through carefully constructed research, designed to build theoretical understanding and test solutions to problems of practice, MSU will continue to contribute to the ongoing vitality and success of Montana’s rural communities. 

The CRRE has several projects that align with three key areas of research: to strengthen preparation for new PK-12 teachers and administrators, to provide resources for Montana’s rural teachers and leaders, and to support Montana’s communities. 


Current Projects







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Preparing Rural Counselors



Current Partners

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