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

Rural Matters by John White 

Rural Matters is a bi-weekly, 30-minute podcast about rural education, business, and health. The podcast’s mission is to increase awareness, inform discussion, and expand the dialogue on the most important issues facing rural stakeholders every day. Guests on the podcast include rural education decision-makers, rural business owners and entrepreneurs, and rural health care representatives. The National Rural Education Association and the Center for Rural Affairs are marketing partners.

Building bridges between institutions And poverty in their communities 

Higher ed leaders across the country are realizing the need to see education as more of a continuum, rather than focusing exclusively on the students on their campuses, and many are reaching out to provide additional support to students as young as elementary school to make sure they — and their families — are prepared for life after high school. (Education Dive)

Community systems events 

Illinois Action for Children’s Partner Plan Act Conference is taking place on June 12, 2018, in Bloomington. The conference plans are being finalized but registration is open now! Illinois Action for Children also invites you to participate in a dynamic workshop where you can learn the latest proven strategies and tactics for actively involving families in your Collaboration.