Category Archives: Ozarks Teacher Corps

  • Info on 2012 Rural Schools Rendezvous in Thomasville, Mo.

    We’re gearing up for our third annual Rural Schools Rendezvous in Thomasville, Mo., where (among other highlights) we’ll announce the recipients of the 2012 Coover Place-Based Education Grants and introduce the new class of Ozarks Teacher Corps scholarship winners.

    This year’s Rendezvous is set for April 26, with keynote speaker Dr. Francisco J. Guajardo, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of the Rural Schools and Community Trust and Associate Professor at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

    A full schedule of events–as well as directions to Thomasville, in Oregon County–are after the jump. RSVP’s requested by Friday, April 13. If you have a stake in place-based education, we hope to see you there.

  • Ozarks Teacher Corps Heads to Leeton

    Members of the Ozarks Teacher Corps (2011 class pictured) will make the first of four quarterly road trips October 4, this time to Leeton, Missouri. Tomorrow (October 4) the 25 members of the Rural Schools Partnership’s nationally recognized Ozarks Teacher Corps will trek north to Leeton, Missouri to learn more about one of Missouri’s most […]

  • Former CFO Leader Expands Rural Schools Program to Midwest

    The Rural Schools Partnership, a program to develop resources and assets for southern Missouri schools, is the model for the Rural School and Community Trust’s new Center for Midwestern Initiatives to expand the concepts across a broader region of the country.

    Gary Funk

    Former Community Foundation of the Ozarks President Gary Funk will head the Center for Midwestern Initiatives for the RSCT. The CFO created the Rural Schools Partnership in 2009.

    The common goal of both efforts is to promote place-based education, which encourages  connections between rural schools and the communities they anchor by instilling a commitment to their culture and heritage among students and educators.

    Since its founding, the Rural Schools Partnership has created a network of more than 100 rural schools in southern Missouri, developed more than $4 million in charitable assets to support rural   education, and built the Ozarks Teacher Corps, a scholarship program to return teacher-education graduates to rural communities.

    The Rural School and Community Trust is a founding partner of the RSP project. Its Center for Midwestern Initiatives program will work to replicate the program in a region that will initially include Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota, all of which have strong rural-education networks.

  • Coover Place-Based Education Grants Awarded in Thomasville

    The second annual Rural Schools Rendezvous in Thomasville, Mo., last week brought together some 150 educators, students, philanthropists and experts for a day of sharing ideas and inspiration for maintaining rural schools. The CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership held the conference at the Thomasville Community Center in Oregon County, where CFO Executive Committee member Dusty Shaw […]

  • Rural Schools Partnership Featured in National “Education Week”

    The Rural Schools Partnership and Ozarks Teacher Corps are featured in the next issue of Education Week, a national publication focusing on K-12 practices and policies that reaches an audience of some 260,000 involved in the education field across America. The online version of the story “Efforts to Build Rural Leadership Gain Steam” was published […]