Category: Small & Rural Schools


Episode 118

The state of rural education

July 2, 2018 | Small & Rural Schools
Guest: John White

In this episode, host Joel Gagne speaks with John White, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. They talk about the state of rural education and the possibilities for the future.

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Episode 114

Access and equity for small and rural schools

May 24, 2018 | Small & Rural Schools
Guest: John Carder

Carole speaks with John Carder, an Assistant Principal at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio and the Associate Director of the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative. John talks about small town values, the advantages of smaller districts, the power of small schools banding together and how organizations like OSRC can help gain equity for small and rural schools.

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Episode 110

Starting a community garden in your district

April 27, 2018 | Small & Rural Schools
Guest: Zac Shutler

In this episode, sponsored by The Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Bridgeport School District Superintendent Zac Shutler about the community garden they have in development. Carole and Zac discuss the unique situation that led to the garden’s creation, the partnership with a local correctional facility and what Zac hopes will happen as a result of starting a community garden.

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Episode 99

The future of career centers

February 28, 2018 | Small & Rural Schools
Guest: Rick Smith

In this episode, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Rick Smith about the future of career centers. The two discuss ways in which career and technical programs are being re-examined and re-imagined for the modern workforce. Rick is the Superintendent of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and the Career and Technical Center Representative for the Ohio Small and Rural Collaborative.

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Episode 86

How to market a school in a small district

Guest: Dan Parent

We Love Schools host Joel Gagne speaks with Dan Parent, superintendent of Danbury Local Schools, about how to market a school in a small district. Danbury Local Schools is in northwest Ohio with roughly 500 students, and the two discuss the district’s rebranding efforts to share the message that Danbury Local Schools is the “best kept secret in northwest Ohio.

Joel also chats with Amanda Morris about the Allerton Hill strategy that went into the Danbury Local Schools rebranding efforts.

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Episode 76

Live streaming and social media

Guest: Tate Skinner

Host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Tate Skinner, secretary of the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative (OSRC), about live streaming and social media. Tate is also the assistant principal at Minford High School, which uses live streaming and social media to provide access for students and families.

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Episode 68

Professional development in small and rural schools

October 26, 2017 | Small & Rural Schools, Strategies
Guest: Bill Wade

In this week’s podcast episode of We Love Schools, Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Bill Wade, Superintendent of Kirtland Local Schools. The two discuss professional development in small and rural schools and the challenges that small school systems face when it comes to professional development.

Wade has come up with unique ways to lead professional development in small and rural schools by narrowing the focus on their professional development programs.

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Episode 65

Small & Rural Schools Unite! Announcing a partnership with the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative

September 28, 2017 | Small & Rural Schools
Guest: Kirk Koennecke

In this episode of We Love Schools, Carole Dorn-Bell welcomes back Kirk Koennecke. Koennecke is the executive director of the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative (OSRC) as well as the superintendent of Graham Local Schools in Ohio.

We Love Schools is excited to work with OSRC on a new podcast partnership.

“We’re excited to work with Allerton Hill and We Love Schools on the podcast,” Koennecke says. “Podcasts make sense for our members as educators across the state want to learn while they’re own on the go.”

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