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Community partner resources

The following resources might be helpful to school districts and the community partners who work with them.

Chris Minnich: How States Have Led on Education — and Will Continue to Lead  Chris Minnich is the former executive director of CCSSO, and he reflected on his time and experiences there, where he helped implement and sustain promising reforms across the country, while learning about what each state, their communities and their leaders were doing for their education systems.

Shifting Tides in the School Choice Debate  This Ed Note blog post is the first in the series, is an overview of school choice and comes from guest author Ben Erwin of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

FY 2018 Healthy Communities Incentive Grant RFP Released  The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2018 Healthy Communities – Non-school Districts has been released. Proposals are due to ISBE no later than 3 p.m. Feb. 26. For questions, please contact Kristy Jones at

2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium  October 11–13, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.  In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association (NREA) will host the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium.  This annual event is designed to create an environment for collaboration and innovation with a diverse community—national experts, K–12 and higher education practitioners, leading researchers, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders—to learn and share ideas around the topics at the forefront of rural education and to ensure 21st century learning is a reality for all rural students.