Issue 29 | June 2022

Meet Billy Miller, North State Together's Newest Director of Planning & Development

Billy joined the North State Together backbone team in April 2022, and serves as a Director of Planning and Development. Through the Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program, Billy will lead North State Together’s network expansion from five to 10 counties, working to support the development of collective impact teams in Butte, Sierra, Plumas, Glenn, and Lassen counties. Before joining North State Together, Billy spent several years as a student services manager at Shasta College, providing face-to-face support for underserved student populations and developing, scaling, and improving the effectiveness of student services programs across the community college district.  

Billy’s educational journey includes several years at West Valley Community College, where he graduated with an associate’s degree in 2010. Afterwards, he transferred to California State University, Stanislaus, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2013 and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2015. Most recently, Billy graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Public Administration Degree in 2021. 

Billy firmly believes in the power of education to transform the trajectory of people’s lives. He is passionate about removing the barriers that hinder disadvantaged populations, and believes ALL have the right to a sustainable future. Billy currently lives in Redding, CA with his wife Vanessa. Together, they enjoy spending time walking their dogs, connecting with friends and family, traveling, and serving at their church. Billy’s hobbies include playing music and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  

Meet the Team

$18.13 Million Regional K-16 Education Collaborative Grant Awarded

This $18.13 Million award will enable North State Together to expand the scope of its collective impact work across our entire North State region, adding Lassen, Butte, Sierra, Plumas, and Glenn counties to its original 5-county network.  North State Together will be holding an informational meeting for our county network leaders on July 20th.

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Attention County Network Teams - Professional Development Opportunity, Action Required!

North State Together will be sending key cross-county network leadership and partners to the National StriveTogether Convening, September 21-23, 2022. If you sit on Reach Higher Shasta, Trinity Together, Advancing Modoc Youth, Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou, or Expect More Tehama or one of our forming networks in Glenn, Butte, Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties and would like to attend this convening, please contact your North State Together Planning and Development Director or email nst@shastacollege.edu. Funds are limited with priority given to ensuring cross representation throughout our region.

Anticipated Outcomes:

Learn about other models of C2C collective impact.

Build our regional capacity to advance equitable outcomes and to measure our progress along the Theory of Action framework.

Build relationships, and sharing of practices, across county level lines.

Create/empower county level backbone mini teams to set their own goals and priorities based upon local needs.

Build county network capacity by leveraging StriveTogether tools and resources. 

Anticipated population-level outcome improvements:

Build regional civic infrastructure potentially impacting all our regional and county level cradle to career indicators with specific focus on creating equitable high school to college and career pathways around our regional industry healthcare and education needs.

StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening 

Together, we're cultivating a stronger future. Across the Cradle to Career Network, roots stretch deep and broad - connecting individuals, organizations and communities that are measurably and irreversibly seeding change. These roots are made of the experiences, stories and strength of our communities.

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The 2022 Keynote speakers will inspire, educate and motivate. Each day, these diverse and visionary speakers will deliver powerful new ideas to you. Watch the video to see this year's exciting lineup

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


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


Presented by:

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

·        Heather Van Slyke – School Counselor, Shasta High School

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


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

In case you missed it, check out the recorded webinar below.

Advancing Modoc Youth

To learn more or get involved, please email the AMY Coordinator. United we grow! Tanja Ramming at: amy@teachinc.org

Read the May/June Newsletter 

Assemblywoman Megan Dahle promotes Advancing Modoc Youth's CSA Program

Assemblywoman Megan Dahle has 3 kids of her own and is very familiar with the stress of saving for college and applying for financial aid. "We taught our kids to save early and often... Maximizing financial aid is really important to support our rural kids in accessing college!"

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4th Annual Broadband Summit

North State Planning and Development Collective presents the 4th Annual Broadband Summit - Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - Click Below to find event and registration information.

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North State Together Announces Support for NSPDC as Convener for CERF for our 10-County Region

North State Together is proud to support the North State Planning and Development Collective’s (NSPDC) proposal with the NSPDC serving as Convener and California State University, Chico serving as Lead Agency, to grow and scale the regional planning and collaboration taking place across the North State. We are confident that NSPDC’s collaboration with regional stakeholders to develop streamlined, equitable pathways toward success in the workforce will have tangible benefits for the communities in our service region. 

We have worked closely with the NSPDC, and we are committed to this partnership. NSPDC’s intention to support the development of inclusive, regional planning processes that build economic resilience and bolster equity outcomes align with our organization’s focus on improving access to education as well as our commitment to being a part of supporting the economic future of the North State.  

We look forward to improving the economic vitality of Far Northern California as a result of this collective.  

North State Planning & Development Collective

Welcome to the North State Planning and Development Collective at California State University, Chico. "The Collective" is a lead agency for planning, research and development needs across the University's 12-County service region and beyond.

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In case you missed it, check out the video recording below of the May 19th CERF Information Session for the North State Region hosted by the North State Planning and Development Collective at California State University, Chico.

CERF Information Session Recording - May 19, 2022

New Research Reveals Rise in Rural Job Postings

During the pandemic people started to move from urban areas into less-dense regions; and new data shows jobs are following them. Emsi Burning Glass's new report, Rural's Rise: Shifting Trends in Rural and Urban Job Postings, identifies job posting growth in rural counties.

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COMMENTARY: With pressures on teachers at a boiling point, California needs new pathways into the profession

Bay Area teacher Michele Lamons-Raiford - who has been in the profession for 20 years - said that this was the first year she had thought about what life might be like outside the classroom. Simmering for years, the stresses on K-12 educators are now threatening to push unprecedented numbers out the classroom door.

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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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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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What information would help you plan your education path? California wants to know.

Credit: Allison Shelley for American Education Credit: Allison Shelley for American Education The team behind California's plan to connect the state's fragmented education data, an effort known as Cradle-to-Career, will begin hosting public discussions on June 8 to hear what users may want from the system's new data dashboards and tools.

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