The Redefining Rural Podcast
Leading Through Challenging Times

Leading Through Challenging Times

July 21, 2020

On the July episode of Redefining Rural, Darrin Peppard, Superintendent of the West Grand School District, and Elsie Goines, Superintendent of the Las Animas School District talk leading through challenging times as we relaunch the 2020-2021 school year. You can find this episode on YouTube or download on your favorite podcast platform! Follow us on Facebook and twitter too. This is one you won’t want to miss!

State of rural education across the US

State of rural education across the US

June 24, 2020

In the June 2020 episode of Redefining Rural, Kirk Banghart of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative, and Denille Leplatt of Rural Services at the Colorado Department of Education  connect with Dr. Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association and Dr. Brad Mitchell, Senior Strategist at Battelle for Kids, to discuss the state of rural education across the US. Tune in to learn more about what is happening in rural education in Colorado and beyond!

Current state of rural education amid COVID-19

Current state of rural education amid COVID-19

May 20, 2020

In the May 2020 episode of Redefining Rural, Kirk, Michelle, and Denille discuss the current state of rural education amid the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating the resiliency of rural school districts along the way. Did you know Redefining Rural is celebrating one year since its launch? The support from listeners is overwhelming and Redefining Rural is grateful to be able to provide this platform to elevate, celebrate, and change the way we think about rural education in our state. You can find all of our past twelve episodes on your favorite podcast platform.

 

Rural school districts share how they tackle the challenge of continuous learning

Rural school districts share how they tackle the challenge of continuous learning

April 20, 2020

On the April episode of Redefining Rural sponsored by CSU-Global, listen to how the Bayfield, Elizabeth, and Greeley-Evans school districts are tackling the challenge of continuous learning. Superintendents Aten, Bissonnette, and Pilch talk through the tremendous work of their staffs, broadband access challenges for families, and the grit among the education community that so rapidly pulled together a whole new system of learning for students, staffs, and families through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t forget to like and follow Redefining Rural on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe on your favorite podcast platform!

Dalton Risner, from the Denver Broncos, talks about growing up in rural Colorado.

Dalton Risner, from the Denver Broncos, talks about growing up in rural Colorado.

March 24, 2020

Dalton Risner, starting Left Guard for the Denver Broncos and Brian Christensen, Superintendent of the Akron School District join Redefining Rural co-hosts Denille LePlatt and Michelle Murphy to discuss how growing up in tiny Wiggins, Colorado gave Dalton a competitive edge and impacted his life, career, foundation, and message.  Hear how his message translates into the work and vision of the Akron School District and positively impacts students.

State Board of Education Candidate and Executive Director of CASE

State Board of Education Candidate and Executive Director of CASE

February 28, 2020

Redefining Rural is a Colorado State University - Global Campus sponsored series. This series is focused on bringing awareness to the rural communities of Colorado in the education sector.

In today’s episode, Kirk Banghart of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative, and Michelle Murphy of Colorado Rural Alliance,  speak with Lisa Escårcega, Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) and  a candidate for State Board of Education. As Executive Director of CASE, she represents more than 2,400 Colorado education leaders in Colorado, in both rural and metro areas. Join us for a conversation about Lisa's experiences with rural education and what she feels she can bring to the State Board of Education. 

 

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Michelle Murphy 
Kirk Banghart 
Denille LePlatt

Governor Jared Polis

Governor Jared Polis

January 21, 2020

Michelle Murphy of Colorado Rural Schools Alliance and Denille Leplatt of Rural Services at the Colorado Department of Education sit down today with Colorado Governor Jared Polis. They discuss his general philosophy of "Colorado for All" and specifically the administration's Rural Economic Blueprint.

In addition to efforts improving the lives of all Coloradans and supporting rural communities, Governor Polis is focused on efforts supporting early childhood education. Listen in to learn more about Governor Polis' priorities for rural Colorado and rural education.

Redefining Rural: At Colorado Association of School Boards Annual Conference

Redefining Rural: At Colorado Association of School Boards Annual Conference

December 18, 2019

Redefining Rural is a Colorado State University - Global Campus sponsored series. This series is focused on bringing awareness to the rural communities of Colorado in the education sector.

In today’s episode, Kirk Banghart of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative, Michelle Murphy of Colorado Rural Alliance, and Denille Leplatt of Rural Services at the Colorado Department of Education come to us live from the Colorado Association of School BoardsAnnual Conference to talk more about opportunities for kids in rural Colorado.

Special guests include the Craig Middle School Engineering Group, including several of the students along with their sponsor, Ms. Cristina Vanzo, and John Whitler of the Vilas School District and Ogallala Commons to discuss youth engagement and workforce development.

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Michelle Murphy
Kirk Banghart
Denille LePlatt

Live from The National Forum to Advance Rural Education

Live from The National Forum to Advance Rural Education

November 21, 2019

Today’s episode comes from the recent conference, the National Forum to Advance Rural Education. Join- Kirk Banghart with the Colorado rural Education Collaborative, Michelle Murphy with the Colorado Rural Alliance and Denille Laplatt with the Colorado Department of Education as they talk to three experts of note from the conference:

Shelley Badgett - Director of Instruction in Federal Programs in Marion County, KY - on their district's work on stakeholder engagement, including their concept of a "Dream Bus."

Paolo DeMaria - Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction - talking about rural innovations.

Allen Pratt - Executive Director at the National Rural Education Association - on what's exciting currently in rural education.

School Funding and Proposition CC

School Funding and Proposition CC

October 8, 2019

School Funding and Proposition CC.

Redefining Rural is a Colorado State University - Global Campus sponsored series. This series is focused on bringing awareness to the rural communities of Colorado in the education sector. Today’s episode is centered around school funding. Special guests include Lisa Weil, Executive Director of Great Education Colorado and Glenn McClain, Superintendent of Platte Valley School District. Join Michelle Murphy of Colorado Rural Alliance and Denille LePlatt of Rural Services at the Colorado Department of Education as we talk about how Colorado schools are funded, as well as why you should vote yes on Proposition CC.

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