Issue 28 | May 2022

From Stories to Strategies: 

North State Together leaders attend Rural Summit

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North State Together attended the 2022 Rural College Access and Success Summit in Scottsdale, AZ from April 24 to April 27, 2022. The summit is one of the few national convenings to focus on rural America.

Through North State Together's partnership with the Rural Impact Initiative (formerly Partners for Education at Berea College) and StriveTogether, we were able to bring a team of 20 of our North State regional partners to the summit to share ideas and strategies with cross-sector leaders across the nation to ensure that rural youth have the opportunity to successfully transition from high school to college and career. 

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Jimmy Wayne - Keynote Speaker

Jimmy Wayne kicked off the off the summit by sharing his inspring story ont he power of one.  Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording-artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. Jimmy's hits include "Stay Gone," "Paper Angels," "I Love You This Much" and "Do You Believe Me Now," which earned BMI's prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving more than one million radio spins in America.

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In addition to attending the general trainings and collaborative sessions, our team was offered tailored facilitated working break out sessions focused on data and identifying root causes through factor analysis.  

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Visionary Geoffrey Canada | Harlem Children's Zone

Another summit inspiring keynote speaker was Geoffrey Canada who spoke spoke of the ways we can work together to push forward significant changes for schools and communities. Having worked with Harlem Children's Zone for more than 30 years, Geoffrey Canada is renowned as a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform. One of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time.

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Tribal Lands

The summit was held at Talking Stick Resort which is apart of the The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. With two distinct backgrounds and cultures, the Community is comprised of two Native American tribes: the Pima, “Akimel O’Odham” (River People) and the Maricopa, “Xalychidom Piipaash” (People who live toward the water). Today, over 10,000 individuals are enrolled tribal members.

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North State Planning & Development Collective

North State Planning and Development Collective (NSPDC) is proposing to serve as a Convener for the North State’s 10-County CERF region, which consists of Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties. As Convener, the NSPDC is tasked with organizing an inclusive group of regional stakeholders, submitting the CERF Solicitation for Proposal, and implementing the planning grant in the region. NSPDC will work closely North State together to collectively develop a regional planning strategy that complements and supports the important work already being done in the North State. Together, North State Planning & Development Collective and North State Together will work to ensure that our far northern California counties receive the support they need to build a better future for all. 


Kick-Off Information Session--Join us!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Online

Click here to Register

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Spartan Speaks: Project Red Bluff Thriving

The partnership between North State Together and California State University, Chico was one of five organizations across the country selected in Fall of 2021 as a partner to create regional policy recommendations from rural teachers. North State Together/California State University, Chico were selected for Northern California, one of five rural regions which received awards. Each partner organization selected receives $10,000 in funding to convene and support rural teacher-leaders in the development of a Policy Playbook.

This multifaceted program aims to build a compelling national narrative, one that is both evidential and aspirational, and to connect this “story” to state, regional, and national policymakers and influencers.

Check out the video possible by this grant showcasing our rural amazing students in Tehama County!


Powerful Practice: Leveling Up Your Collaboration with Colleges to Boost Postsecondary Enrollment Success

A Pilot Project with North State Together and Reach Higher Shasta’s Counseling Initiative


Leveling Up Your Collaboration with Colleges to Boost Postsecondary Enrollment Success - A Pilot Project with North State Together and Reach Higher Shasta’s Counseling Initiative



Cost: Free

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PDT

Register Today!

Presented by:

·        Tara Schwerdt – School Counseling Coordinator, Shasta County Office of Education

·        Jamie Spielmann – Director of Planning & Development, North State Together

·        Heather Van Slyke – School Counselor, Shasta High School



Many of our seniors sincerely plan to enroll in college but don't actually arrive on campus in the fall. One contributing factor is the sheer number of admission, enrollment, and orientation-related tasks they must complete during the spring and summer of their senior year. Join us to explore how one county's school counselors banded together with their local colleges to share these tasks in an effort to develop an added safety net for seniors. Through a "data-sharing MOU," colleges were able to share the status of each student's completion of these tasks with their high school counselors, who were then able to follow up. The county has seen great enrollment rate success as a result. Join us to learn more and walk away with strategies YOU can implement too!


Webinar objectives:

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to…

·        Leverage one evidence-based approach that results in huge payoffs in college enrollment rates

·        Investigate how one county's data-sharing strategy with local colleges supported seniors in successfully completing key enrollment tasks

·        Customize your own data sharing MOUs and prepare a list of possible organizations you would like to partner with for data sharing MOUs

·        Investigate ideas and current uses for data driven tier 2 supports

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Many Rural Americans Are Still "Left Behind"

Fifty years after The People Left Behind report, work, education, and marriage remain the three main pathways out of poverty for most Americans. Unfortunately, rural residents are falling behind urbanites in these three areas. Since the 1967 report’s release, income inequality has surged as incomes expanded for those at the top quintile and remained relatively flat for the rest of the population. 

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2022 Convention & Research Symposium

The 2022 National Forum to Advance Rural Education will be hybrid again this year, which means we will host an in-person event and provide the option to attend virtually. A hybrid event allows attendees and presenters to select the format that works best for them.  Click on the Read More link for more information.

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The Generational Shift with Dr. Katherine Jeffrey

The Generational Shift with Dr. Katherine Jeffrey - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Cascade Theatre, Redding, CA.

Becoming a learning organization and building a culture where people feel safety, belonging, commitment to the vision, and a spirit of collaboration is essential to long-term success in today’s world. With 5 generations present in the workforce and the huge tensions that exist across these generations, developing culturally intelligent leaders who are adept at bringing out the best in their generationally diverse teams can be a challenge, but once accomplished, it will reduce this tension and allow for a more psychologically safe workplace. Regardless of the workplace sector you find yourself in, the rapid change of today’s world has left all of us needing to understand our intergenerational teams in a more comprehensive and empathetic manner. One thing we can be sure of is that all employees desire to work under managers who create a safe space for them to flourish. Are you able to ensure this for your employees on multi-generational teams? You are not alone if you are wondering how to decrease the tension across the generations and desire to build a culture where every generation can thrive.

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K-12 Partnerships Institute: Dual Enrollment, Early College & Equity 

Register today for the 2022 ATD K-12 Partnerships Institute being held June 28-30, 2022. Learning Objectives: At the end of the Institute, participants will be able to: Identify barriers to equity in their current K-12/college/workforce partnerships and implement strategies that enhance equitable practice Who should attend?

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Communities Exploring the Promise of California's Community Economic Resilience Fund

Regional and community organizations around the state are currently learning about and helping refine California's innovative $600-million regional economic fund created by state legislation last year. The State of California's Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) aims to promote an equitable recovery by supporting the development of inclusive, sustainable economic plans that create high-quality, accessible jobs and more equitable economies through regional collaboratives.

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California's Cradle-to-Career Data System Achieves Early Milestones, Announces Multi-Agency Data Sharing Agreement | California Governor

Transformative data system would be a neutral source of high-quality information on student achievement and how to improve outcomes and professional development SACRAMENTO - The Office of Cradle-to-Career Data has signed landmark legal agreements with 15 education, social service, and workforce entities that allow for the creation of data sets on student progress from pre-K through college and employment, one of several important early milestones that were announced at the May 11 Governing Board meeting.

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