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
Innovative Place-based Education Projects lead by ROOTed in Place & National Signature Project Award Recipients
January 23, 2024
Our National Signature Project Awardees and ROOTed in Place grantees shared updates from their place-based education project.
October 31, 2023
The ribbon cutting ceremony marked an expansion of the Great River Teacher Corps program on Future Teacher Day.
October 22, 2023
RSC partners with Illinois ROE#33 and Galesburg Community Foundation to convene stakeholders to align and strengthen local teacher pathways.