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Issue 31 | January 2023

Happy New Year from North State Together!

Rural Community of Practice

Is Off to a Great Start!

North State Together hosted our national partners Katie Basham with Partners for Rural Impact, Shannon Powell with StriveTogether, and Taylor McCabe-Juhnke with Rural Schools Collaborative on December 5-7, 2022.


The site visit kicked off North State Together’s Rural Community of Practice with Partners for Rural Impact (PRI). Graciously hosted at The McConnell Foundation Guest House, our national partners were able to connect with county network members from Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties and share the great work being done in the North State.

Left to right: Judy Flores, Shasta County Superintendent of Schools; Shannon Powell, StriveTogether, Director of Policy and Partnerships; Katie Basham, Partners for Rural Impact, Director of Capacity and Civic Infrastructure; Kelly Salter, The McConnell Foundation, Senior Program Officer; and Brad Williams, College and Career Options, Director of Financial Aid Services.

Marie Caldwell from Cradle 2 Careers 4 Siskiyou shares the vast region of her county.

The Rural Community of Practice is a cohort leadership program for rural StriveTogether network members. Intensive, targeted support will be provided over the next 12 months to participating communities to accelerate educational outcomes. Using a results framework, and drawing from evidence-based best practices, staff from Partners for Rural Impact will facilitate a series of learning sessions for participants, provide community-specific coaching, and connect participants with resources and tools to support their work to improve outcomes. The learning sessions will utilize a hybrid model, with some being in-person and others being virtual.

A full day of learning and sharing best practices.

Rosemary Mitchell from Trinity Together shares the challenges and strengths of their county.

One of the first learning sessions was held at Expect More Tehama's Annual Summit--Navigating the Next, during an afternoon deep dive session. All six counties - Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Modoc, and Glenn - were in attendance. The dates and locations of future sessions will be determined with input from participating communities.

2022 Expect More Tehama

Annual Summit >> Navigating the Next

Kathy Garcia and Kate Grissom of Expect More Tehama

North State Together's county network Expect More Tehama held their first in-person summit since the pandemic.


We were joined with partners from StriveTogether, Partners for Rural Impact, Rural Schools Collaborative, Tehama County community members and leaders, and other changemakers throughout the North State. We discussed the importance of collaboration, education, CTE pathways, and career readiness. We participated in deep dive sessions with keynote speakers Dr. Kevin Fleming and Jimmy Wayne. This event allowed us to connect on a deeper level, get inspired, and engage with over 200 community members!

Innovative keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Fleming, Chief Innovation & Engagement Officer for the Los Angeles Regional Consortium and founder & CEO of CATAPULT, as well asa notable author, explored how high-quality CTE offers pathways to the workforce and higher education.

Author, presenter, and Nashville recording artist, Jimmy Wayne, highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. His moving stories and presentation seamlessly aligned with EMT's msision to support and lift local-area children equitably.

EMT Summit Attendees

Expect More Tehama Summit Attendees

Learn more about Expect More Tehama

North State Together's County Networks are Expanding!

Lassen County has formed

Lassen Healthcare Education Collaborative.



Mission

The Lassen Healthcare Education Collaborative (LHEC) has partnered together to support education and healthcare for all pursuing higher education goals. Their mission is to build intellectual growth, human perspective and economic potential in the healthcare community.

LHEC Partners

More Information on LHEC Coming Soon

23rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference

The Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico—a division of the North State Planning and Development Collective—hosted its 23rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference on January 12, 2023. This event brought together 300 attendees in person and online from across the University's 12-County Service region at the Bell Memorial Union on the California State University, Chico campus.

Courtney Farrell, Project Manager for the North State Planning and Development Collective (left) facilitated the keynote discussion with Stewart Knox, Secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency.

They focused on issues such as agriculture, climate and workforce during a day filled with exciting keynotes and speakers from across the region. They featured the annual economic forecast by Dr. Robert Eyler, Economic Forensics and Analytics, sponsored by Butte College; keynote by Natalie Palugyai, Secretary, California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, plus speakers addressing workforce, climate resilient Ag practices, North State ag/drought and more.

Kevin O'Rorke, CEO of North State Together, Associate Superintendent of Shasta College, and NSPDC Advisory Board Member introduced some of their conference speakers.

The North State Planning and Development Collective (NSPDC) is led by Executive Director Jason Schwenkler. Each year, they bring together decision-makers from industry, government and education to tackle the issues at the forefront of economic development in the North State. These conferences serve as launching points for year-round discussion, collaboration and action, and a deeper dive into the issues at their Regional Summits, held each Spring and Fall. For more information about the Collective, email Jason at jschwenkler@csuchico.edu or visit their website.

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North State Together's Regional Data

Limited literacy skills can have effects into adulthood, as reading proficiency is associated with better employment and income prospects.


North State Together supports the various interventions that the county networks have already implemented as well as future plans to increase English Language Arts/Literacy and math scores for our region.


By collectively increasing our region’s performance on Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics, we will better prepare all students for success in college, career and life by the time they graduate high school.

Click here for Regional Data in

 Early Grade Reading

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Middle Grade Math

High School Graduation and College Readiness

Research consistently shows that employment prospects and lifelong earning potential are better for high school graduates.


Graduates are healthier, less likely to live in poverty or need public assistance, and are seven times more likely to own their home.


High school graduation is an important indicator of educational success and an essential milestone on the road to college or a career with a living wage.

Click Here to See the Latest in North State Together's Regional Data

Chronic Absenteeism



North State Together provides Chronic Absenteeism data for our region using data from the California Department of Education. A “chronic absentee” has been defined in EC Section 60901(c)(1) as “a pupil who is absent on 10 percent or more of the school days in the school year when the total number of days a pupil is absent is divided by the total number of days the pupil is enrolled and school was actually taught in the regular day schools of the district, exclusive of Saturdays and Sundays.”

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Trinity Together

has released their

2021-2022 Annual Report!

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Learn More About Trinity Together

CalKIDS Program

The State of California is proud to announce the launch of the California Kids Investment and Development Savings Program (CalKIDS). CalKIDS is a state program that gives children in California a jump start on saving for college. Newborns and eligible low-income public school students are automatically enrolled and given a CalKIDS college savings account with an initial deposit.

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View Report Here

Click the button to read Complete College America's newest publication, Building on Completion Gains: Amplifying Progress and Closing Persistent Gaps. One key insight is that college completion rates jumped between 2016 and 2021, yet disparities that disproportionately affect students of color and part-time students remain. In this report, you can view state-by-state analysis on completion gains and read about how CCA student success strategies can be employed to address institutional performance gaps. It is imperative that we stay the course and continue the laser focus on scaling proven structural reforms that work.

RSC's

2021-2022 Annual Report is now available!


Learn more about their

good works!

View Annual Report

Announcing the 2023 Celia B. Godsil Grant in Place Fellows!

Rural Schools Collaborative is excited to announce the 2022-23 Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellow Awardees. This grant is extended to rural classroom teachers who teach in school districts that are located in one of the Rural Schools Collaborative's 14 Regional Hub areas.



The 2023 Fellows will each work with their students on place-based education projects within their school’s community. Each Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellow is awarded a grant which will support the place-based project, shares a professional development presentation, and receives an honorarium for the educator. The Grants in Place program is funded through the generous support from Celia and Mark Godsil in honor of Celia's career as a public school teacher and their belief in the importance of classroom teachers to rural communities. Learn more about the program by clicking the button below.

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RACE TO SUBMIT


The early FAFSA initiative was implemented by the United States Department of Education (US DOE) to simplify and improve the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Fall 2016 marked the first time the FAFSA and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) were available starting October 1.

CLICK to VIEW Race to Submit Dashboard!

AvenueM - Applications are open!

AvenueM is a partnership between UC Davis and many Northstate colleges, including Shasta College, to boost the number of primary care physicians in underserved parts of Northern California. The new pathway, known as AvenueM (the M is for Medicine) will identify community college students interested in studying health sciences. Staff will provide academic support, ensure students’ seamless transfer to any of three participating four-year colleges, then steer them toward the UC Davis School of Medicine. 


Students are encouraged to submit an application when they are approximately 1.5 years away from transferring from a partner community college to one of AvenueM's 4-year institutions (UC Davis, Sacramento State, or Cal Poly Humboldt).


Applications for the Spring 2023 application cycle are due March 31, 2023.

You can also reach us via email at avenuem@ucdavis.edu if you have any questions. 


If you are early in your community college career or are in high school, you are encouraged to complete the Interest Form.


Please click the link below to get more info on how to submit your application.

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Declaring Your Backbone's Value -- Cohort 1


Are your partners and funders buying what you’re selling? This course will help you use a lens of equity to effectively codify, communicate, and sustain your efforts for the ‘change’ your Backbone wants to be and illustrate to others why investing time and money in your organization adds unique value to changing systems and achieving outcomes. This first cohort will be meeting in March. A second cohort will meet in April.


This course has three sessions:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 11:30 pm–1:00 pm
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Declaring Your Backbone's Value -- Cohort 2


Are your partners and funders buying what you’re selling? This course will help you use a lens of equity to effectively codify, communicate, and sustain your efforts for the ‘change’ your Backbone wants to be and illustrate to others why investing time and money in your organization adds unique value to changing systems and achieving outcomes. This first cohort will be meeting in March. A second cohort will meet in April.


This course has three sessions:

  • Session 1: Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 9:00 am–10:30 am
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Leading Change in Systems -- Cohort 2


How can I strengthen my leadership skills to impact systems? This course builds foundational skills for leaders to enable collaborative systems change. Leaders will ground in key racial equity & systems-thinking concepts and build awareness around their role and how they can influence change.


Who should participate: Executive Directors


Theory of Action Pillar Addressed: Collaborative Action


This course has three sessions:

  • Session 1: Friday, March 17, 2023 | 9:00 am–11:00 am
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Leading Change in Systems -- Cohort 3


How can I strengthen my leadership skills to impact systems? This course builds foundational skills for leaders to enable collaborative systems change. Leaders will ground in key racial equity & systems-thinking concepts and build awareness around their role and how they can influence change.


Who should participate: Executive Directors


Theory of Action Pillar Addressed: Collaborative Action


This course has three sessions:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | 9:00 am–11:00 am
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RBF 101 Intensive: Facilitating to Create Space for Belonging & Results -- Cohort 2


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RBF 101 Intensive: Facilitating to Create Space for Belonging and Results (Cohort 2):

  • Orientation: Wednesday, March 8 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Live Session 1: Friday, March 31 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Facilitating for Collaborative Work -- Cohort 2


How do I facilitate meetings to advance my partnership’s work? Results-Based Facilitation (RBF) is an approach to designing, participating in and facilitating collaborative meetings that supports systems-focused, community-wide work by helping groups move from talk to action.


Join these sessions to learn foundational RBF skills and techniques.

(Note: This is an introduction to RBF basics and is not a complete RBF 101 training.)


When: This mini course consists of 3, virtual 2-hour practice sessions. Each session requires 30-40 min of course work to prepare for each practice sessions.


  • SESSION 1: Tuesday, April 4 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SESSION 2: Tuesday, April 18 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SESSION 3: Tuesday, April 25 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Facilitating for Collaborative Work -- Cohort 3


How do I facilitate meetings to advance my partnership’s work? Results-Based Facilitation (RBF) is an approach to designing, participating in and facilitating collaborative meetings that supports systems-focused, community-wide work by helping groups move from talk to action.


Join these sessions to learn foundational RBF skills and techniques.

(Note: This is an introduction to RBF basics and is not a complete RBF 101 training.)


When: This mini course consists of 3, virtual 2-hour practice sessions. Each session requires 30-40 min of course work to prepare for each practice sessions.


  • SESSION 1: Monday, May 1 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
  • SESSION 2: Monday, May 8 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
  • SESSION 3: Monday, May 15 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
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Planning for Actionable Systems Change -- Cohort 2

April - May 2023


How do I create an equitable collaborative plan to change systems? This mini course provides an overview of Collaborative Improvement– a methodology for equitably improving conditions in your community using the Results Count methodology, continuous improvement principles, human-centered design process with an explicit focus on equity. Join this 3-session mini course to build your awareness and understanding of core collaborative improvement techniques.


When: This mini course consists of 3, virtual 90-min practice sessions. Each session requires 30-40 min of course work to prepare for each practice sessions.


  • Session 1: Wednesday, April 12 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Session 2: Wednesday, April 26 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Session 3: Wednesday, May 10 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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REGISTER NOW for the 2023 Rural Summit: Cradle to Career!

Partners for Rural Impact, The University of North Carolina Charlotte and Save the Children invite you to attend the 2023 Rural Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina April 2-5, 2023. The Summit provides an opportunity for college access and success practitioners to share best practices for supporting rural students on their journey to college.

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