THE 2018-19 ANNUAL REVIEW: AN ATLAS OF GOOD WORK
NOVEMBER 19, 2019
We invite you to read our 2018-19 Annual Review: An Atlas of Good Work.
The Rural Schools Collaborative was launched in 2015 by a small group of rural school and community advocates. Our mission is straightforward—to strengthen the bonds between rural schools and communities through place-based engagement, rural philanthropy, and the development of teacher-leaders. RSC is led by a volunteer board of directors and includes nine Regional Hubs, which are located throughout the United States. A small staff and a group of dedicated Advocates support our work.
RSC’s mission-driven work now includes four signature programs. The overarching goal of these efforts is to support the development of thriving and sustainable rural communities:
- School-Centered Philanthropy — promoting strategies that address rural capital flight and enhance resources for student learning;
- Place Network Schools— supporting Teton Science Schools’ Place Network, a place-centered learning community of small and rural schools;
- Grants in Place — making grants to rural teachers in support of innovative place-based learning projects;
- Rural Teacher Corps Initiative — strengthening the recruitment, preparation, placement, and retention of rural teacher-leaders.
These ongoing efforts have been bolstered by two exciting new ventures. First, RSC’s “I am a Rural Teacher” initiative has received a major grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will result in the launch of a collaborative, national advocacy campaign! Secondly, Monmouth College and the Galesburg Community Foundationhave partnered to create a national support office for RSC and its programs.
I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this grassroots effort.
Thanks to you, we have made great strides.
JOSHUA D. GIBB, CHAIR
December 10, 2020
Thanks to you we are giving voice to rural teachers!