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Students and community at the Falcon 5K, a fundraiser for Graham Local Schools, Ohio.

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Introducing RSC's Ohio hub: strength through partnerships

December 12, 2017

Rural Schools Collaborative is proud to officially announce our seventh regional hub in our network of action-oriented hub sites across the country, in partnership with the Ohio Small and Rural Schools Collaborative.

Ohio's dedicated Ohio Small and Rural Schools Collaborative provides professional development programming, resources, research, and help for specific education needs in small, rural Ohio schools. They also shed a light on current practices and issues that impact public education in the Buckeye State. OSRC is the host organization for our Ohio Hub.

Kirk Koennecke will serve as the Ohio hub contact. Kirk brings over 23 years of experience in education, along with passionate dedication to rural education initiatives to the RSC hub network.

Key initiatives within the Ohio hub include rural teacher leader development and recruitment through early college high school pathways, secondary and post-secondary institution career pathways collaborations, connecting community through strategic planning, and the development of philanthropic support for rural, first-generation students.

In addition, partners at Clark State Community College, Urbana University, the Clark Foundation,Graham Local Schools, and Teaching Ready are working together on these initiatives. Please stay tuned for more information about the good work being done throughout Ohio's rural school network!


RSC hubs comprise and define a new flexible and cost-effective infrastructure to support place-based engagement, rural philanthropy, and teacher-leader development in rural communities. Learn more.

The Rural Schools Collaborative would like to thank Kirk Koennecke and his colleagues for their willingness to work with us on strengthening the relationships between rural schools and communities.

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