• “Funding Opportunities Through the Rural Schools Collaborative — PRTP5

    In this episode you’ll meet Gary Funk, Director of the Rural School Collaborative. The RSC’s mission is “to build sustainable rural communities through a keen focus on place, teachers, and philanthropy.”

    In this conversation we are focusing on two funding and support opportunities for educators — the National Signature Project Award and the Grants in Place Fellows Program

    To learn more about the RSC, visit their website at https://ruralschoolscollaborative.org/.

  • An Interview with Laurie Heimsoth: 5th Grade Teacher from Mineral Point Elementary — PRTP4

    Today’s podcast episode features Laurie Heimsoth, a 5th grader teacher at Mineral Point Elementary in Southwest Wisconsin. Laurie, like many teachers, has moved her class to remote learning at home. Mineral Point is considered a rural area where not all kids have access, but Laurie has done a great job preparing her crew for this change in environment. Listen to hear how she is making the transition. 🙂

    Laurie’s email: laurie.heimsoth@mp.k12.wi.us

  • Why Learning About Our Rural Heritage Matters: An Interview with Jerry Apps — PRTP3

    In this podcast episode you’ll meet Jerry Apps, Wisconsin author, speaker, and storyteller on Wisconsin history, agriculture, and our rural heritage. Over the years, I’ve read his books, blog posts, and I’ve been able to hear him speak. I’m always left feeling a sense of gratitude for rural Southwest Wisconsin. His words are important to share because it reminds us that where we live…matters, and we should be fostering that narrative. As you listen to this episode, I am hoping that you’ll be able to gather some ideas of how you can facilitate learning about our past, our culture, and our rural heritage so the next generation can also feel that sense of gratitude and pride.

    Information about the work of Jerry Apps:

    Tools for recording oral histories:
    https://www.soundtrap.com/ https://www.wevideo.com/ https://web.seesaw.me/ (for elementary students)

    Resources to get started in 4h, county fairs, and Wisconsin Dairy Breakfast events:
    https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/ (4h in Wisconsin, specifically)

    Resources to start a school garden:

    Resources to teach Agriculture (k-12):

  • Recruitment & Retention Pays Early Dividends — PRTP2

    This fall our School of Education has developed a new position called “Recruitment & Retention Specialist.” For a small School of Education in a rural area, this type of investment is important as we strive to support our students through their undergraduate career and encourage incoming freshman to consider education as a career. Kayla Murphy joined the school of education this fall to lead the charge. Listen to discover how Kayla has developed programming, redesigned a student center, collaborated on cross-departmental outreach, and increased prospective student traffic as our students prepare for entering teaching in rural areas. Kayla’s Email: murphykay@uwplatt.edu

  • Intro — PRTP1

    This first episode provides an overview of the mission of the Proud Rural Teacher podcast.