Northern California

Northern California

Our North California hub is a vehicle for organizing and sharing the transformational work being done in the region by a partnership between Chico State and North State Together. Through the hub, the Rural Schools Collaborative works with these partners to create, fund, and share innovative work and activity.

Ann Schulte, RSC Advocate (right), recognizes the importance of these kinds of collaborations. "It's vital that California State University Chico engage with regional partners in order to support the recruitment and retention of rural teachers. The partnership with North State Together is essential to not only "growing our own" teachers, but it also lends support to an increase in educational attainment and college going culture overall."

The Chico State-North State Together partnership includes two signature and exemplary programs that align perfectly with the Rural Schools Collaborative mission.

Chico State's Residency in Secondary Education program (RiSE) is a 12 to 18-month master’s degree program with a full time, yearlong teacher residency leading to California teacher certification in English, Mathematics, Science, or Special Education. The program is an outgrowth of Chico's Rural Teacher Residency program, which was designed and implemented to train teachers for success in rural school districts in Northern California. Graduate coursework is combined with classroom mentors and experiences, culminating in a masters degree and credentialing to address the need for exemplary teachers in rural schools. Financial support is provided through a stipend during the program that is later forgiven after serving 3 years in a high need school.

North State Together is a regional collective partnership funded by a $2.5 million grant awarded by the McConnell Foundation. The grant will help create a “Cradle to Career” partnership in the North State where leaders from education, business, philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and faith communities join together to improve education success for every child through a data-driven, collective impact approach. The goal will be to increase educational options at all levels with ultimate impacts on overall economic and community health.

The shared work in northern California is augmented by RSC's Grants in Place program, which supports rural teachers in California as they implement innovative, place-based efforts within their schools.

Dr. Kevin O'Rorke, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services, Shasta -Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District, and Dr. Ann Schulte. Graduate Coordinator, School of Education, Faculty Fellow for Rural Partnerships, California State University, Chico (pictured above), serve as the primary contacts for our North California Hub.

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The establishment of RSC's regional hubs is a direct outgrowth of RSC's 2016-17 Action Plan.

RSC Action Hubs