Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: February 22, 2010

Last Updated: February 22, 2010

 Rural Schools Partnership
February 22, 2010
Place Based Education Deadline Is April 15th ... Related Webinar to Be Announced in Near Future

The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust
The Coover grantmaking program will provide $150,000 per year in grantmaking support for cooperative ventures that enhance teaching and learning through innovative place-based education programs. Eight to fifteen projects funded annually (range: $10,000 to $20,000 per project).
For more information on the basic tenets of place based education, click here.
CFO encourages proposals that include local matches or other leveraged resources.
Applicants who receive funding will be required to make a presentation on their respective projects at the Rural Schools Partnership conference on May 6, 2010 in Thomasville, MO at the historic Thomasville High School. Please include a travel stipend in your budget proposal.
You will notice the application process focuses on the conceptual nature of your project or program. One of the highlights of the Rural Education Rendezvous in Thomasville will be an implementation workshop for grant recipients with Dr. Doris Williams of the Rural School and Community Trust. Dr. Williams is a nationally recognized leader in the place-based education movement.
Applications require a primary contact, program/project description, collaborating partners, a list of existing resources that ensure success and a program/project budget.
The Application may be downloaded here (PDF) or MS Word format here.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2010.
Glade Program Seeks Rural High School Student Participants
The Rural Schools Partnership is proud to support the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) Project. This project offers tenth and eleventh grade high school students a unique educational opportunity, and we hope our Rural Schools Partners will encourage their students to apply. Please read below for more details.
The GLADE Project is a the week-long, service-learning, peer-mentoring student academy which is held at Missouri State University’s Bull Shoals Field Station. GLADE provides opportunities for hands-on giant cane and glade habitat restoration, species monitoring, and independent conservation projects. The program will target students from under-served communities in an attempt to give them opportunities to increase their ecological knowledge and awareness of nature, interact with environmental professionals and potential career opportunities, develop the skills needed to become environmental stewards, and restore an important local habitat. The goal of GLADE is to inspire teens to love and protect their natural environment and give them the tools and opportunities they need to become conservation leaders in their communities.
If you are a high school student from the rural Ozarks interested in participating in this project, see the following information:
GLADE Project Event Date: June 20-26, 2010
Location: Bull Shoals Lake, MSU Field Station
Application deadline: March 19, 2010
Application: See HERE
Visit the GLADE website to read more about this exciting project.
Visit the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society website to read more about their organization.
Regional Arts Event Offered on February 27th
The Rural Schools Partnership offers an arts' outreach effort in collaboration with the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC).
We would like to invite you to join us at noon for lunch at the SRAC's next regional meeting on Saturday, February 27th in Springfield, Missouri at the Creamery Arts Center (411 E. Sherman Parkway, next to the Springfield Cardinals stadium). This luncheon will include the premier of new Vincent Van G.O.A.T. DVD featuring five new artists from the Ozarks' area, as well as a copy of the DVD for your school art library. Vincent Van G.O.A.T. is a colorful goat sculpture partnered with an interactive computer program that features film clips of Ozarks' artists. Vincent is geared toward elementary-aged students, who are invited to climb on his back and learn about Ozarks' art forms through kid-friendly computer software.
The exhibit is transported to a school or library by the SRAC and can stay on-site for up to one week. Vincent will be available for booking in all regional schools or community centers in Southwest Missouri in Spring 2010. Lunch and the new DVD are provided in thanks to the Kirby Foundation.
We hope you will join us to view the new DVD, meet Vincent, and network and learn with area arts' teachers and leaders. In addition, there are a number of other arts-related opportunities you will want to know about.
Please RSVP to Randy Russell at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks at 417-864-6199 or .
For more information on the Rural Schools Partnership please visit
Mark Your Calendar: The Thomasville Rendezvous Will Be Held on May 6th and May 7th
You will want to attend the inaugural Thomasville Rendezvous on Thursday, May 6th, with a wrap-up breakfast on May 7th for those who want to stay over in beautiful Oregon County. There will be more information on this in the near future, but for those with a sincere interest in rural education issues, this will be a wonderful learning and sharing opportunity. For RSP members who are in the Rural Schools Innovation Network, there is no charge to attend. For all others, the registration fee is only $10, and this includes lunch! Stay tuned!
New Funds
Sullivan Class of 1949 Scholarship Fund — The Sullivan Class of 1949 established this fund to award to a student of Sullivan High School with a GPA of 3.5 or lower. This is a component fund of the Sullivan School Foundation. The first award will be in spring 2011.
Seymour Bank Business Endowment Fund — This organizational endowment fund has been established by the Logan Rogersville Educational Foundation, Inc., to support the Logan Rogersville School District.
The Purpose of This Newsletter
The Rural Schools Partnership Weekly Newsletter represents our Foundation’s commitment to keeping you informed about this important new initiative. If you know of others who should receive the newsletter, please drop a note to Gary Funk, President and C.E.O., Community Foundation of the Ozarks, at
Gary Funk | President and C.E.O.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
425 E. Trafficway
Springfield, MO 65806