Field Trip: Cutting Edge & Rural

Graham Local Schools is a small, rural district in Ohio. Yet it’s found a way to offer progressive professional learning that’s making a difference in teachers’ and students’ lives.

In this interview, Superintendent Kirk Koennecke discusses how Graham Local Schools is building community relationships, offering innovative opportunities for students, and providing the kind of personalized professional learning that teachers are asking for.

  • Offering a menu of professional learning opportunities aligned to the district’s strategic goals in 4 different areas: Grow, Teach, Plan and Lead.
  • Using technology in professional learning as well as unique programs like Lean Six Sigma for teachers and students.
  • Pooling resources with other districts in the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative to increase opportunities and equity.
  • How they determine what initiatives to focus on, and which ones to stop.

Further Reading:

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