RSIN Participants Announced

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) is pleased to announce that 21 school districts have been selected to participate in CFO’s Rural School Partnership Rural Schools Innovation Network. The Rural Schools Innovation Network (RSIN) is a program of the Washington, D.C.-based Rural School and Community Trust.

RSIN is a “dynamic network of rural school districts striving for excellence and improved student learning.”  The effort focuses on policy, research, community engagement and place-based education. The Missouri Ozarks cohort of 21 schools is involved in a two-year pilot project that allows school participation at no cost to the local school district.  Funding for the effort has been provided by an anonymous New York foundation with an interest in rural education and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Philanthropy Initiative.

The following schools applied for acceptance into the program and were selected for participation:  Alton, Aurora, Bolivar, Chadwick, Dora, Eminence, Fair Grove, Forsyth, Gainesville, Hermann, Lockwood, Logan-Rogersville, Mansfield, Monett, Ste. Genevieve Valle, Sherwood, Sparta, Verona, Warsaw, West Plains, and Willard.

Each school will participate in a variety of activities this school year including webinars and a Place-Based Education Conference scheduled for early May at the historic Thomasville High School.  In addition, the participating school districts will have access to the Rural School and Community Trust’s research database, written reports, and access to a number of rural education experts  throughout the nation.

The Rural School and Community Trust is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. Its mission is to help rural schools and communities get better together.  The Trust is a key partner in the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Rural School Partnership.  The Rural School Partnership is dedicated to strengthening rural schools by supporting resource development, collaboration, and place-based education.

For more information go to or you can call the Community Foundation at 417-864-6199.