As executive director of Ohio Small Rural Collaborative I firmly believe Learning Blade as a web-based resource is incredibly helpful for all rural schools to do a better job of exposing students to STEM careers. Additionally, for my own district of Graham Local, we find it to be an incredible resource as it allows for blended learning in an interdisciplinary environment while encouraging all students to consider STEM careers. My administrators rave about how easy it is to implement and how engaged students are while logged on. We find its versatility to be a major advantage as we have used in core classes, electives as well as for special occasions like our recent Manufacturing Day celebration. I highly recommend this program to any school, not just rural schools.
Kirk Koennecke ,
Ohio Small Rural Collaborative
Superintendent Indian Hill Exempted Village School District
OSRC proudly endorses the Ohio Department of Education’s official promotion of the Future Ready Framework. We live in the information age. Digital technology is revolutionizing daily life and modernizing the definition of success on a global scale. Ohio students and adults require the right tools and technologies to engage them in relevant, quality instruction and learning. Learning is more than the transfer of information. By embracing technology for learning, educating Ohio’s students and educators can help move us all from a traditional style of learning to a more personalized approach. Bringing digital innovation platforms to Ohio will foster world-class knowledge and skills that enable success in the global economy. The Ohio Department of Education partnered with The Alliance for Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work and citizenship. The Alliance created a separate project under its umbrella called Future Ready Schools to help school districts develop comprehensive plans to achieve successful student learning outcomes by (1) transforming instructional pedagogy and practice while (2) simultaneously leveraging technology to personalize learning in the classroom. We at OSCR believe personalized learning can and ought to be modeled by adults for learners. We believe personalized learning for adults will hasten the transformation. We fully support the efforts of the Alliance, Future Ready, and Ohio Department of Education in their efforts to promote this framework and resources for schools in Ohio.
Rural Schools Collaborative is proud to officially announce our seventh regional hub in our network of action-oriented hub sites across the country, in partnership with the Ohio Small and Rural Schools Collaborative.
The NREA (National Rural Education Association) was originally founded as the Department of Rural Education in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Through the years it has evolved as a strong and respected organization of rural school administrators, teachers, board members, regional service agency personnel, researchers, business and industry representatives, and others interested in maintaining the vitality of rural school systems across the country.
As of 2013, the Ohio Department of Education typology study classified 431 School districts- the majority in the state- as small or rural by population. 665,000 students are served in rural and small town settings. Thousands more open enroll to suburban or urban districts as well. 20 rural and small districts are considered exemplars based on their typology. Many of our leading districts can provide resources to colleagues and students with the right venues provided them at the local, state, and national level. The need for small and rural access to resources, programming, advocacy, and networking has never been greater.
The NREA is the voice of all rural schools and communities across the United States. OSRC and NREA will provide professional development programming, resources, research, and help for specific education needs as we also shed a light on current practices and issues that impact Ohio’s schools. The NREA was founded in 1907. It is the oldest established national organization of its kind in the United States. Teachers, Administrators, Board Members, and Service Agencies form regional partnerships to maintain the vitality and quality of rural and small school education across America. OSRC is led by Executive Director Kirk Koennecke of the Graham Local Schools, a leading rural school district in central Ohio. Mr. Koennecke has over 24 years of experience advocating for school districts of all shapes and sizes. OSRC will seek to connect members with initiatives for small and rural schools, provide members with the services of both OSRC and NREA, and promote Ohio’s lead educational organizations and institutions to advocate for professional development access and equity.
Members Benefits of OSRC: