Issue 26 | March 2022
North State Together Summit
 Re-energizes Partners
*North State Together backbone team with StriveTogether policy staff at the 2022 Summit Redding, CA.
We were honored to host Rural Schools Collaborative's Executive Director, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, at our summit earlier this month. Check out Taylor's summit writeup below for a fantastic recap of the day. Thank you RSC for your continued partnership, we are proud to be the RSC Northern California hub!
Northern California: North State Together Summit...

Attendees rolled up their sleeves to rally around Regional Collaboration, Data, and Equity...it was incredible to see a 20,000+ square mile region so integrated, friendly, and familiar....

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NST: Transforming Lives from Cradle to Career

Want to learn more about our approach and our regional model?  Check out our newly released guide to North State Together...

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Data Driven Corner
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 for our children. Our region uses shared measurements to evaluate the effectiveness of our initiatives. For Early Grade Reading and Middle Grade Math, we rely on The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments which are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.

Assessing the impact of the pandemic on children has been difficult during the pandemic since statewide testing was suspended for the 2019-2020 school year and Assembly Bill (AB) 130 suspended the reporting of state indicators on the 2021 California School Dashboard (Dashboard). However, the statute requires that available data that would have been included in the Dashboard are reported on the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) website if they are determined to be valid and reliable.
Early Grade Reading in the North State Worsened during the Pandemic
North State Together has compiled the recently released 2020-2021 3rd Grade Reading data at the county and state level and further disaggregated the data by ethnicity. Overall the State of California saw a 8.7% drop in students meeting or exceeding reading standards from prepandemic levels. Each of our five counties also saw various levels of English Language Arts/Literacy decline with some demographics being harder hit by the education disruptions brought on by the pandemic. For example, 34.6% of Shasta County American Indian/Alaskan Native 3rd Graders assessed at grade level before the pandemic which dropped to 18.9% for the 2020-2021 test year. North State Together will continue to support targeted, system interventions implemented by our county network teams to address learning loss.
What We're Reading
The pandemic has had devastating impacts on learning....

As we reach the two-year mark of the initial wave of pandemic-induced school shutdowns, academic normalcy remains out of reach for many students, educators, and parents. In addition to surging COVID-19 cases at the end of 2021, schools have faced ...

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America's crisis of despair: A federal task force for...

Despair in our society is a barrier to reviving our labor markets and productivity, jeopardizes our well-being, health, and longevity, and affects our politics. Despair was increasing among Americans well before COVID-19; the virus was an...

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The North/Far North Economic Update - March 2022

The full economic update includes detailed unemployment data by county and industry and jobs postings profiles for agriculture, water, and environment; construction; government; health care and social assistance; hospitality and tourism...

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Upcoming Events & Grant Opportunities
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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Apply Now for the 2022 National Signature Project Award!

The National Rural Education Association and the Rural Schools Collaborative are accepting applications for the National Signature Project Award, a $2,500 grant to an outstanding and innovative classroom project that exemplifies the very best in...

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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 3/31 @ 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.
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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Postsecondary Pathways: Expanding the Circle

Indigenous students are a demographic group that have consistently been underrepresented at institutions of higher education (IHE) in the United States, despite tremendous growth in enrollment in recent years. This is due in part to the distinct...

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Maximizing Stimulus Funding for Postsecondary Pathways

Monday, April 25 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST. Invest Forward will support leaders in maximizing the potential of stimulus funding to support postsecondary pathways as well as examples of innovative investment strategies across the field...

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Workforce Focus Group

Monday, April 18 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST Join the Ballmer Group for a focus group discussion on your partnership's success and challenges in advancing workforce outcomes and the role philanthropy can play in accelerating progress.

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