Welcome to the official podcast of the National Rural Education Association called the Rural Voice. Co-Hosted by Drs. Allen Pratt, Jared Bigham, and Christopher F. Silver, they discuss the common themes and experiences facing teachers, parents, and administrators in elementary and secondary rural education.
S02E21 – Vaccines, Rural Access and Discussions of Science and Advocacy in promoting healthcare in Rural America. An interview with Mr. Alan Morganand and Dr. Jennie McLaurin
In this episode, we interview two experts in the field of rural health. The first is Mr. Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, and the second is Jennie McLaurin, a Pediatrician, Writer, and Public Health Expert. This episode discusses the importance of vaccines and the updated boaster of COVID-19. We discuss how the view of COVID has changed over the past two years, particularly for children. Our guests discuss how COVID has disrupted access to resources for hospitals and how these attitudes may influence rural access to vaccines especially given what was seen in previous surges of infections. For example, how do hospitals or schools adapt should another outbreak occur? Another aspect we have discussed is the role of misinformation regarding the virus. This is a great episode for healthcare professionals and administrators alike in planning for the year.
Mr. Alan Morgan National Rural Health Association
Alan Morgan serves as Chief Executive Officer for the National Rural Health Association. He has more than 30 years of experience in health policy at the state and federal levels and is one of the nation’s leading experts on rural health policy. Mr. Morgan served as a contributing author for the publication “Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care” and for the publication, “Rural Populations and Health.” In addition, his health policy articles have been published in: The American Journal of Clinical Medicine, The Journal of Rural Health, The Journal of Cardiovascular Management, The Journal of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology Review, and Laboratory Medicine.
Dr. Jennie McLaurin Pediatrician, Writer, and Public Health Expert
Jennie is a pediatrician, writer, and public health expert with particular interests in culture, bioethics, and theology. She graduated from Salem College with a degree in chemistry. She then received an MD from Wake Forest University, an MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MA in theology and ethics from Regent College (Vancouver, BC). She has worked with marginalized and underserved communities in the US for over 30 years, caring for migrant, homeless, indigenous, and special needs populations. Nationally, she is a Senior Fellow for Public Health Integration and Innovation at the National Association of Community Health Centers. She has collaborated in programs to advance food security, reduce childhood obesity, improve immunization access, and reduce health disparities.
S02E20 - 2022 NREA National Teacher of the Year Interview with Ty White from Willcox High School in Willcox Arizona.
In this episode, we discuss what it means to be a rural teacher with the 2022 NREA National Teacher of the Year Ty White from Willcox High School in Willcox Arizona. Ty shares his experiences growing up outside of a rural copper mining town, and his experiences teaching in the farming and ranching community of Willcox, Az. Like so many people in small-town schools, Ty plays various roles – serving as the knowledge bowl coach, the mentor for the science club, the sponsor of the solar go-kart team, advisor for student research projects, the Cabinet coordinator for the Chief Science Officer program, organizes an astronomy group, and is working with another teacher to start a VEX robotics team. Join us for this discussion, and come meet Ty at the National Forum to Advance Rural Education in Green Bay! Finally, we announce the location of the 2023 NREA Conference location.
Register for the convention here: https://www.nrea.net/2022-Convention-Registration
Congrats to Ty White, 2022 NREA National Teacher of the Year.
S02E19 - The Pandemic Revisited, a discussion of the current landscape of diseases within the American Educational Context. An interview with Dr. Lisa Costello.
In this episode of the Rural Voice, we are again joined by Dr. Lisa Costello. We discuss the changing landscape of COVID-19 and emerging viruses in the United States. We discuss data tracking approaches to determine changes in the infection rates and new challenges arising in a post-pandemic world, particularly for children, teachers, and administrators. We discuss some methods for addressing infections and protecting children from further diseases. This includes new vaccine boosters for COVID.
Lisa M. Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP is a lifelong West Virginian who hails from Weirton, WV and currently resides in Morgantown, WV where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department Pediatrics at West Virginia University (WVU) and a Pediatric Hospitalist at WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. She is co-director of the Pediatrics Clerkship, leads a healthcare literacy and patient advocacy curriculum thread for the M.D. program, and is the advisor for the medical student group, Student Advocates Impacting Decision on Healthcare.
Dr. Costello currently serves as the President-elect of the West Virginia State Medical Association, immediate past president of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Board of Directors for the WV Children’s Health Insurance Program. She is a graduate of the Leadership WV Class of 2021. Dr. Costello is as an advisor to the WV Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic response, and the medical lead for the Joint Information Center within the West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force For COVID-19. At a national level, she is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on State Government Affairs. Dr. Costello is on the Executive Council for the WVU School of Medicine Alumni Association and a past recipient of the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumnus Award from the WVU Alumni Association. Her academic interests include advocacy, healthcare policy, social media, and improving communication with patients, healthcare professionals, and the public by utilizing technology and media to amplify advocacy and education. Connect with her on Twitter (@LisaCostelloWV), Facebook, and LinkedIn.
S02E18 - Trade Mentorships and the Application of Learning and Skills, and Interview with Kayleen McCabe
In this episode of the Rural Voice, we interview Ms. Kayleen McCabe, a collaborator and subject matter expert from HGTV. She worked on several home improvement television shows. In this episode, we discuss the role of mentoring and experiential learning and how classroom content can contribute to learning for students. She discusses her work with elementary and high schools to show how trade skills and training experience can enrich learning in the classroom. She also discusses the importance of real-world application for learning. She talks about how failure should promote understanding and be seen as a method for gaining knowledge and reflection. She discusses her upcoming plans to use augmented reality to give kids the opportunity to learn by doing in a safe environment.
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This episode is sponsored by https://www.mycredential.com/
S02E17 – Yes, it is ok to Tweet your Success in the classroom – An interview with Eric Sheninger
In this episode of the Rural Voice, the cohosts interview Eric Sheninger, Author, thought leader, and educator, regarding technological innovation in pedagogy and the classroom. Mr. Sheninger is one of our keynote addresses at the upcoming NREA conference.
Mr. Sheninger discusses the importance of capitalizing on technology through the framework of meeting kids where they are. For example, he discusses how virtual learning may work best for some children while face-to-face classroom education may be better for others. While many kids are technology savvy, others may struggle to acclimate to new technologies without the appropriate direction. The discussion further discusses social media's role in informing, educating, and sharing information. They discuss how school administrators might use such approaches to share information while being mindful of public opinion. As Eric shares, use common sense and only share what would be appropriate for your grandmother. Avoid political topics and socially sensitive issues. However, capitalizing on social media can provide a medium to share various methods of learning and teaching to help others. Therefore, using social media is important in sharing one's story. Further, they discuss the appropriateness of branding and the method for building relationships while keeping the message consistent. Sharing successes is so important, and it helps facilitate important conversations.
This episode is sponsored by WinLearning.
S02E16 – Rural Housing and the changing American Landscape, An Interview with NREA Keynote Speaker Mr. Ben Winchester
This episode of the Rural Voice begins our series of interviews with upcoming National Rural Education Conference speakers to be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in October of 2022. We Interviewed Mr. Ben Winchester, a former guest on the podcast, regarding the changing trends in housing from urban to rural areas of the United States. They discuss the changing housing landscape and need in communities, the influx of people moving to rural America, and the potential impact on education. While the data can help track these trends, Mr. Winchester suggests that each community may have unique needs. He further indicates that housing should meet the needs of the population's specific subsegments, yet much housing development does not consider those needs.
This episode is sponsored by Win Learning