Do the Math - Calculating the Future of Rural Education with John White

Season #3

In this third episode of our series "Do the Math-Calculating the Future of Rural Education," Michelle talks with national communications consultant and rural education policy expert John White. John served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education (2009-2013), represented U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the White House Rural Council, and was the Secretary's designee to the Interagency Coordinating Council for the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative.

During this conversation, John highlighted the importance of resources and support for learning in rural areas, filling in the gaps needed to retain and attract rural educators, and developing the talents of rural youth to sustain rural communities and grow local economies. John also shares innovative programming for rural schools and communities, the strengths of diverse rural communities, opportunities for schools that come through partnerships, and strategies for communicating needs to policy and lawmakers to improve support for rural students, teachers, and schools.