25 episodes

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.

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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.

    S01E24 – The next 100 days of the Biden Presidency and Potential Directions for Rural Education.

    S01E24 – The next 100 days of the Biden Presidency and Potential Directions for Rural Education.

    In this episode of the National Rural Education Association, the Rural Voice, Dr. Brad Mitchel rejoined us to readdress many of the themes discussed in episode S01E19 and some of the early indicators of the Biden team plans for rural education. We discuss the current issues facing rural school districts in our Post-COVID world. We discuss some of the lessons learned by the cohosts and our guests, and from those experiences, we discuss some possible methods for connecting with rural communities. We discuss rural culture and many disconnects between federal and local practices. We conclude with some ways the Biden Administration might capitalize on existing social, cultural, and technological infrastructure to facilitate more significant educational outcomes for students, teachers, and school districts.
    Article of interest
    https://dailyyonder.com/kentucky-schools-face-challenges-transitioning-to-online-teaching-during-a-pandemic/2021/01/22/

    This episode of the Rural Voice is sponsored by WinLearning.

    • 51 min
    S01E23 – Finding synergy between educational trends in curriculum, training, and state government policy. Methods for connecting with school systems, communication, and policy implementation. An interview with Mike Krause, formerly of the Tennessee Hi

    S01E23 – Finding synergy between educational trends in curriculum, training, and state government policy. Methods for connecting with school systems, communication, and policy implementation. An interview with Mike Krause, formerly of the Tennessee Hi

    Mike Krause is the former Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director and now a senior advisor for government affairs and economic development at the Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm. Krause served as the coordinator for all statewide higher education efforts relative to COVID-19, acting as the chief liaison between campuses and the Tennessee Department of Health and the Governor’s Unified Command Group. He is most known for his work as the founding Director of the Tennessee Promise, coordinating the launch of the nation’s first tuition-free college scholarship program and working closely with the legislature on an array of education and workforce issues. In this episode, we discuss many of the challenges of rural education, including access to a college education. Krause provides methods for making higher education more accessible. These include strategies for communicating how to complete FAFSA applications, enrollment goals, and creating programs that empower potential college applicants to explore various career trajectories. These programs include skill-based training, specialized training, or gaining acceptance to higher education for first-generation and low-income college students. In this episode, Krause discusses branding of education, services, product-based messaging, and clear expectations for students and secondary institutions seeking to send graduates on to college-level learning.
    Mike Krause’s Twitter
    https://twitter.com/mikekrauseTN

    Win Learning sponsors the Rural Education Education Association Podcast. Please visit their website at https://www.winlearning.com/nrea

    • 39 min
    S01E22 – Educational Attainment in Low Socio-Economic Communities. An interview with Dr. Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

    S01E22 – Educational Attainment in Low Socio-Economic Communities. An interview with Dr. Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

    In this Rural Voice episode, we interview Dr. Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior advisor to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a high-performing charter school network based in Harlem, New York. He has written extensively on education best practices. This interview discusses the differences between curriculum development and deployment in elementary and secondary education. Robert examines the intersections and divergence in educational policy and outcome and how structuring educational curriculum is as important as teaching. Dr. Pondiscio suggests we should explore development and deployment responsibility, look to best practices in education, and understand administrative decisions' theoretical underpinnings in measuring and reporting on educational standards mainly related to low socio-economic communities and school districts.

    https://www.robertpondiscio.com/

    Win Learning sponsors the Rural Education Education Association Podcast. Please visit their website at https://www.winlearning.com/nrea

    • 28 min
    S01E21 -- The COVID-19 Experience, Infection, Care, and Stigma in Rural Education an Interview with Jared Bigham

    S01E21 -- The COVID-19 Experience, Infection, Care, and Stigma in Rural Education an Interview with Jared Bigham

    In this episode of the National Rural Education Association Podcast, the Rural Voice, we interview our cohost Dr. Jared Bigham regarding his personal experience with becoming infected with COVID-19. In this episode recorded in October of 2020, we discuss rural education given COVID. We discuss some of the challenges of reporting infection rates in small classrooms and school districts. We also suggest careful dissemination of information to ensure no one student, teacher, or administrator is outed regarding their infection. We discuss the challenges of stigma with the virus and some methods for reporting information useful without identifying individual people. Jared shares his experience of becoming infected with COVID-19 and the challenges the infection created for his wife and family given public perception and misunderstandings regarding what it means to be infected, assumed risk, the health outcomes, and, ultimately, social implications of being infected in a small community.

    Win Learning sponsors the Rural Education Education Association Podcast. Please visit their website at https://www.winlearning.com/nrea

    • 35 min
    S01E20 -- The New Undiscovered Country, Is Rural America the Next Boom for Emergent High school and College Graduates. An Interview with Author Matthew Hoagland.

    S01E20 -- The New Undiscovered Country, Is Rural America the Next Boom for Emergent High school and College Graduates. An Interview with Author Matthew Hoagland.

    In a long-overdue episode of the National Rural Education Association, we interview author and Planning Director of the Caswell County Planning Department in Yanceyville, North Carolina, Matthew Hoagland. In his recent book Think Small: A Millennial's Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America proposes a paradigm shift in many college graduate students' mindset. As many graduates are strapped with record student loan debt coupled with low wage opportunities, Rural America is becoming a new alternative to urban-based careers and lifestyle. A Western Carolina Native, Matthew realized small has immense potential as rural America provides the perfect way to find meaning in American life's hectic nature. Rural America offers an alternative. In this episode, we explore these reflections with Matthew regarding rural America, and the role of elementary and secondary education in finding revolutionary new meaning is a highly competitive and globalized world.
    For more information on Matthew's Book, go to https://www.howtothinksmall.com/

    Win Learning sponsors the Rural Education Education Association Podcast. Please visit their website at https://www.winlearning.com/nrea

    • 37 min
    S01E19 – Policy Makers, Politics, Fiscal Responsibility, and the Future of Rural Education Post 2020 Presidential Election Cycle.

    S01E19 – Policy Makers, Politics, Fiscal Responsibility, and the Future of Rural Education Post 2020 Presidential Election Cycle.

    The Rural Voice is joined by Dr. Brad Mitchell, the Senior Strategist at Battelle for Kids. Brad was The Ohio State University/Battelle Director of STEM Partnerships, CEO of the Educational Council, a professor at The Ohio State University, the Director of Community Partnerships for the Ohio Children and Family First Initiative, and a team member of the National Commission on Excellence in Education. His work has been instrumental in evaluating and suggesting future directions in education reform and implementation. In this episode, we host a round table discussion regarding the potential future directions both presidential candidates have proposed for the future of rural education. We offer various critiques and analysis on themes such as the future of education in Rural America, use and deployment of funding for educational initiatives, availability of technology to all, and constructive partnerships between the public and private sectors in strategic planning education reform.

    For more information on Battelle for Kids, go to https://www.battelleforkids.org/

    The Rural Education Education Association Podcast is Sponsored by Win Learning. Please visit their website at https://www.winlearning.com/nrea

    • 54 min

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