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005 Jennifer Martin, Confident Students & Boosting Graduation Rates

Daisy chats up Jennifer, a high school principal in rural Georgia, about how to strengthen confidence in students; securing financial aid; an innovative charter school program that provides options for students; teaching students to truly persevere; a Monday morning blog; inviting inspirational community speakers to your school; and why it’s not who you know but who know you. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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004 Skydiving, Nebraska & Epiphanies

Daisy chats us Sean Tillery, the owner of the Nebraska Skydiving School, about how he started an incredibly successful skydiving business in a rural Nebraska town, the epiphany Sean experienced that changed his life, the support he receives from the rural community he calls home, and, oh yeah, how he dealt with the challenges and opportunities of faced and took advantage of to be partners with the local airport and gain the trust and support of the residents of this Totally Rural community. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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003 American Farm Bureau Federation, Hydroponics & Shark Tank

Daisy chats up AFB’s Lisa Benson and AFBFA’s Angela Mayfield about exciting Farm Bureau projects, including a $145,000 Entrepreneurial Challenge (thin Shark Tank for Totally Rural Nation); vegetable hydroponic systems; ag literacy and ag in the classroom; and the Purple Plow Challenge, which enables your middle schooler to—wait for it—make a prototype for a food production project. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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002 The Center for Rural Affairs, the Farm Bill, and Advocacy

Daisy discusses the uber-important 2018 Farm Bill (it’s really a Rural Bill), crop insurance (ignore at your own peril), the political climate for conservation, farm to school issues, high-value dairies, and much more, with representatives from the Center for Rural Affairs. Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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001 The NREA and Emerging Rural Education Issues

Daisy discusses how to advocate for and advance game-changing education issues with national and state officials of the National Rural Education Association Subscribe Free: iTunes | Google Play | Android

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5 Soft Skills to Teach This Year

With our continued shift to a technology driven society, few days go by that I don’t have a conversation with someone concerned about “today’s kids’ ” lack of “Soft Skills.” As the mother of 2 of these aptly named “GEN Z” babies…I can understand the worry. As an adult who has simply adapted to the culture, not grown up in it, I often find myself buried in my mobile phone rather than having an actual conversation. I’ve even recently learned a “wear your ear buds to avoid conversation” trick when I’m exhausted…from my twelve year old. Yet soft skills remain…

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What a Difference 9 Miles Makes…

I understand poverty is everywhere. I experienced poverty growing up as a child. I experienced poverty in my classrooms while teaching. I experienced poverty in my schools as a Principal. I understand the statistics; low income students now make up the majority of American Schools http://bit.ly/15dLprh .(SEF, 2013) As an advocate for Rural Education (Rural Poverty Rate is the Highest of all Demographic Categories http://1.usa.gov/1ZemMkQ USDA 2015) I have spent the last several years promoting excellence for All students in All Zip Codes. I know this is a constant battle, and it is one I plan on passionately fighting. WE…

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If This is About Digital Equity…

Yesterday, the FCC voted to “Modernize Lifeline.” This was the culmination of a long process to provide families which qualify for the lifeline subsidy for their home telephone to now be able to use this subsidy for access to broadband.   While addressing the CUE conference on educational technology just a few weeks ago, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said, “There was a time when access to broadband was a luxury. No more. And nowhere is that as clear as it is in education.” Rosenworcel has been a huge proponent of the “Modernization” of Lifeline. She has actively campaigned for the FCC…

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Smarter Schools Panel Video, Washington, DC

This is a Panel Video of myself (Daisy Dyer Duerr), Kerry Gallagher, Milton Bryant, & James Richardson, moderated by Greg Toppo of USA Today- discussing the importance of Technology in our Schools. (And other things…)

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Digital Learning Day 2015 Video

St. Paul Schools Digital Learning Day 2015 Video Produced by The Alliance for Excellence in Education. 

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