Issue 25 | February 2022
Improving Postsecondary Enrollment Rates Through Data Sharing Agreements
North State Together has scaled the power of data exploration throughout our five counites by expanding cradle to career data sharing agreements across our regional partners and providing critical information necessary to increase student success.

Earlier this month, Tara Schwerdt, School Counseling Coordinator at Shasta County of Education, Heather Van Slyke, School Counselor at Shasta High School, and Jamie Spielmann the Director of Planning & Development at North State Together (pictured) had the opportunity to present at the National School Counseling Leadership Conference through Hatching Results which addresses critical gaps in professional learning for administrators who oversee school counseling programs at the school, district, county and state levels across the nation.
*Chart above shows top institutions Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, and Siskiyou high school graduates attend the first fall after high school graduation. Data for the last 8 H.S. class years. This data is provided through North State Together through our comprehensive regional data sharing agreements and our partnership with National Student Clearinghouse.
The co-presentation involved highlighting a pilot project between North State Together and Reach Higher Shasta's Counseling initiative to increase postsecondary enrollment through our data sharing agreements. Data sharing agreements can be a successful way to share data with community colleges, districts, and schools, and they can also be a valuable resource to extract meaningful data from those institutions. Our rural students are profoundly underrepresented in postsecondary enrollment, and data reports can help remove barriers for students. Our pilot postsecondary enrollment initiative shares data from Reach Higher Shasta high schools, feeds the data securely into our server, where North State Together's Director of Technology and Data Strategies, James Crandall, matches the data files with Shasta College applicant and enrollment data. He then sends the matched files back to the ones that need it most to best serve our students...our school counselors. Over 7,000 students are enrolled in Reach Higher Shasta high schools, of these students 2,190 have been identified as having a Shasta College application presently on file. Due to the expanding number of dual enrollment courses offered, students as young as 9th grade may have an application on file with Shasta College. These reports aid school counselors in their matriculation efforts as they identify errors and provide more time for proactive correction. As shown in the Top 25 Clearinghouse chart above for our North State Together region, the top school attended after high school is predominantly Shasta College.

Antidotal evidence and feedback from the counselors in the field supports the success of the North State Together provided student reports:
โ€œI have used the list to find out who has started but not completed the new student orientation. I also have three students who need to provide their social security number, so I printed out the form and gave it to them. It has been very helpful to get students to finish the orientation and having access to their username and Shasta College student ID has saved me from many phone calls.โ€ Heather Van Slyke, SHS School Counselor.

North State Together continues to scale the power of data sharing throughout our five counties to increase educational outcomes for ALL in our region.
AB 2517 - It Takes a Village Act
Funding CA Cradle to Career Networks
North State Together is proud to serve on the CA Cradle to Career Coalition. The Coalition is thrilled to announce their co-sponsorship of AB 2517 which would establish the California Coordinated Neighborhood and Community Services Grant Program to be administered by the State Department of Social Services. The bill would grant awards to eligible entities such as regional cradle-to-career networks to either implement a comprehensive, integrated continuum of cradle-to-career solutions at the neighborhood level or support the civic infrastructure and backbone of cradle-to-career networks that support their network partners to accomplish systems change. The bill would require grant recipients to contribute matching funds.

"This bill as an important step forward in sustaining collective impact partnerships such as North State Together who seek to align community resources, strategies, and interventions to ensure equity of opportunity for ALL in their communities."
- Jamie Spielmann, Director of Planning and Development for North State Together and CA Cradle to Career Coalition leadership table member
Did someone say NST 3.0?
Pathways to Opportunity in Rural Northern California
Introductory Meeting Recording 2/14/2022
What We're Reading
North State Together Highlighted in Latest Research

NST Lumina Talent hub is highlighted In the three-part series "Transforming Mindsets, Powering Change" where an emerging picture of how postsecondary institutions and their partners are unearthing complex and entrenched barriers is shared...

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ACE Screening in Rural Northern California

In addition to high rates of ACEs, rural communities in Northern California face unique challenges with increased rates of poverty and a shortage of primary care and mental health services. The region has experienced devastating wildfires in the...

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Collective Impact, 10 Years Later (SSIR)

The year 2021 marks 10 years since the publication of the article โ€œCollective Impactโ€ in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Over the last decade, organizations working around the globe have applied the practice of collective impact to solving a...

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Centering Equity in Collective Impact (SSIR)

In 2011, two of us, John Kania and Mark Kramer, published an article in Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled " Collective Impact." It quickly became the most downloaded article in the magazine's history. To date, it has garnered more than...

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The Multiple Identities of College Students from Rural Areas

The understanding of identities is an important component to understanding students and their experiences in educational contexts, especially in postsecondary education. There is limited information about the identities of college students from...

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Measuring Student Progress in Competency-Based Education ...

Thoughtful adoption of competency-based education can equitably broaden pathways to credential attainment and economic mobility. As the movement to CBE grows, this brief provides guidance for institutions implementing CBE on metrics and practices ...

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Investing in Rural Prosperity - Free Research Book

Investing in Rural Prosperity seeks to help rural individuals and communities achieve shared economic prosperity. By outlining a framework for how to approach rural development successfully and showcasing stories of progress in different...

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Reflecting on Collective Impact for Place-Based Social...

In September 2021, Melody Barnes, chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, led a conversation with four social change leaders who for more than a decade have used collective impact to create collaborative, place-based change.

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Upcoming Events
Pathways to Opportunity in Rural Northern California
Our 2022 North State Together Summit provides direct training, coaching, and capacity building to the five county collective impact teams under our umbrella...Learn More
Data Strategy Drop-In Sessions

Do spreadsheets, graphs, and data have you feeling overwhelmed? Don't be afraid! North State Together's Director of Technology and Data Strategies offers data coaching and consulting services to help our county network collective impact teams drive systematic change across their county and the North State region. The weekly drop-in sessions are meant to be an informal place to come and ask your data questions without fear! Come ask impromptu or random questions or let us know ahead of time, and we can prepare coaching topics based on our most frequent requests from partners or customize the drop-in call to meet your county collective networks needs and goals. These free drop-ins are open to anyone on steering or subcommittees for Reach Higher ShastaExpect More TehamaAdvancing Modoc YouthTrinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership, or Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou

To obtain the Zoom link contact your county network coordinator or email nst@shastacollege.edu

Upcoming Drop-Ins - 1 Hour Each
  • Thurs 3/3 @ 9am
  • Tues 3/8 @ 10am
  • Thurs 3/17 @ 9am
  • Tues 3/22 @ 10am
  • Thurs 3/31 @ 9am
  • Tues 4/5 @ 10am
  • Tues 4/19 @ 10am

Brought to you by North State Together's Director of Technology and Data Strategies, James Crandall.
Rural College Access and Success Summit

North State Together will be bringing our core team from across the region to the upcoming Rural College Access and Success Summit. This event will be held from April 24th to April 26th, 2022.

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2022 National Community Schools and Family Engagement...

June 1-3, 2022. At this conference, you'll be able to attend and learn from several pre-conference, site-visits, plenary, workshop, and deep-dive sessions.

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