The Ingredients of a Thriving Rural Community

In rural areas and small communities, we often find health and school systems are the largest employers. These industries are more alike than different in several ways. Today, Quint Studer and Janet Pilcher discuss the intersection between healthcare and education, and how these two industries have the power to transform their communities into successful, thriving places filled with talented workers.

This episode addresses questions, such as:

  • What is the symbiotic connection between healthcare, education, and communities?
  • What can healthcare and education leaders do to strengthen rural communities?
  • Why is it critical to support small businesses – and what is their place in this equation?

Featured Episode Resources

key to vibrant rural communitiesVIBRANT COMMUNITY BLUEPRINT

Every community wants to become a great place to live and work. The why is no mystery: We want to create a place our children and grandchildren will want to be. Vibrant communities don’t just happen, they’re built.

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develop people


Aspiring leaders are people that want to be developed; they are continuous learners. They thrive from an environment with opportunities to learn, grow, and improve their leadership skills. As a current leader in the organization, think about what the future needs of the organization may be. How can you prepare new leaders for future leadership positions?

children development


A strategy for whole communities to support vibrant learning and brain development among infants and toddlers. The Basics movement aims to help every family help every child reach their full potential.

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rural collective willpower9P | COLLECTIVE WILLPOWER TO SUCCEED

A leadership team has the unique responsibility of championing the goals of the organization. They are owners, motivators, and typically highly engaged with their work. However, we know there are highs and lows in every organization’s life cycle, and how leaders bounce back from the lows is what is most significant.

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Mother and Son Using Laptop


Parents are brain changers.” In this episode, Dr. Anne Gutshall joins to break down the learning process. She describes how connections form in the brain when we learn something new. She also gives simple steps parents can take to support this important brain work.

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Whether your child is in a school building or in your living room, most of their day involves structured schoolwork. This structured approach to learning is important, but so is play. Coach the learning by making sure your child has time for play throughout the week. Play provides an opportunity to use information in different ways. It also builds social, physical, and verbal skills.

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Connect with Coaches and Guests

The challenges over the last year may have kept us at a physical distance, but we are here with you and we have other ways for you to connect with your leadership community. Our listeners can engage with our coaches and expert guests every week at virtual roundtable discussions and at our upcoming conferences.

Explore our upcoming events:

april 2023

11apr2:00 pm2:45 pmReflecting for Growth: Students and TeachersStuder Learning Communities: School and Instructional Leaders

may 2023

09may2:00 pm2:45 pmReflecting for Growth: Our Senior TeamStuder Learning Communities: Executive and Cabinet Leaders

june 2023

13jun2:00 pm2:45 pmReflecting for Growth: Climate and CultureStuder Learning Communities: HR and Professional Development Leaders


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