Missouri Ozarks

Missouri Ozarks

The Rural Schools Collaborative and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership are excited to continue their work together as a hub for rural education advocacy and collaboration. The Hub was announced and celebrated at a reception held on October 25, 2017 at a new cooperative rural education office in Springfield. The office was made possible with support from Glenstone Square's Big Idea Program.

Dr. Julie Leeth, Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) rural education liaison, will coordinate activities from this location. Leeth is also on the Rural Schools Collaborative board of directors and serves as the organization's treasurer. Leeth is also the former executive vice president for CFO. The Foundation's Rural Schools Partnership was established in 2009, and it serves more than 50 counties in Missouri's southern tier.

The Rural Schools Partnership includes the following exemplary efforts, which are key elements of the Rural Schools Collaborative conversation on how to strengthen the bonds between rural schools and their respective communities:

  1. Ozarks Teacher Corps
    An endowed effort that supports the development of teacher-leaders for rural Ozarks school districts. Working with Missouri State University, Drury University and Evangel University, the Ozarks Teacher Corps has a placement/retention rate of 93%.
  2. Coover Regional Place-based Grants Program
    Since its inception this effort has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to exemplary place-based education efforts throughout the region. This is the flagship program of the Rural Schools Collaborative's Grants in Place program.
  3. School Foundation Building
    The Rural Schools Partnership works with more than 70 rural school foundations and has created more than $27 million in permanent rural education assets.

"There would be no Rural Schools Collaborative without Julie Leeth, the Rural Schools Partnership and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks," said Rural Schools Collaborative director, Gary Funk. "Their willingness to freely share their ideas and successes have meant so much to other organizations and efforts across the nation."

For more information on the Rural Schools Partnership or the work of the collaborative hub, please contact Julie Leeth at jleeth@cfozarks.org.

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Pictured below: The newest members of the Ozarks Teacher Corps gather for a photo at Table Rock Lake. Photo by Aaron Scott.

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