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Join us for Give Ozarks introductory session on Dec. 16

Give-Ozarks-Blue-GreenIf you are a member of the Rural Schools Partnership and were not present at our Give Ozarks education session at the Springfield Art Museum on Nov. 12, then this post is for you.

We are certain that you don’t want to let the opportunity to participate in the first ever Give Ozarks pass you by!  Knowing that this is a very busy time of year, we are hosting another training session on Tuesday, December 16, 9-10 am at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.  (If you attended the meeting in November, feel free to send someone else from your agency or come again.) Please email Julie Leeth to let her know you will be attending —

Give Ozarks Day is our first region-wide online giving day, intended to build funds for our non-profit partners, raise awareness of philanthropy, and reach donors who support and promote causes on line. The CFO has committed $100,000 for endowment matching that day and we hope to have an additional $90,000 for incentives and prizes for those agencies choosing to raise funds for operations or special projects.

Take a look at this link for additional information and also to see the businesses and individuals who believe in your work and have already committed to this day.

This is a new concept for our area, so if you have questions about how this will work please contact us.  We hope you will choose to be a part of this initial Give Ozarks day for our area!

Register Now for Summer Institute for Arts Integration

Springfield Flyer2Springfield’s 2014 Summer Institute for Arts Integration will provide educators with strategies on how to use the arts to connect to curricular areas, increase student engagement, manage classrooms, deepen student comprehension, and identify alternative assessment opportunities. Workshops are designed for participants to explore quality arts integration, and give them the tools and strategies to feel confident using the arts across a variety of content areas, while addressing Common Core and Missouri Learning Standards.

The intsitute will will feature workshops by Sean and Melanie Layne, arts integration experts and coaches with the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program in Washington D.C.

Click here to download the full program preview, including an application to register.


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RSP Introduces Ozarks Teacher Corps Class of 2014

ozark-teacher-corps-sm-2The Rural Schools Partnership and the CFO are proud to introduce the 2014 class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps. This program, a cadre of teaching-education majors from universities across the Ozarks, includes a $4,000, two-year renewable scholarship courtesy of the Chesley and Flora Lee Wallis Foundation, Chesley and Flora Lea Wallis Trust, a $1.7 million Community Foundation of the Ozarks charitable fund. In exchange, graduates of the program agree to teach at least the first three years of their careers in a rural school, ideally their hometown.

The 2014 class of the Ozark Teacher Corps was introduced on April 23 at the Rural Schools Rendezvous in Fair Grove. The nine students include: (pictured, from left): Elizabeth Branstetter (MSU), Reeds Spring; Vincent McKee (MSU-WP), Cabool; Ashlee Jackson (Drury), Strafford; Emily Petty (MSU-WP), Ava; Lara Strong (MSU-WP), West Plains; Hannah Ramsey (MSU), Mountain Grove; Sarah Vaughan (MSU-WP), Cabool; Jami McConnell (Evangel), Marshfield; and Elaina Martin (MSU-WP), West Plains.

The Corps was the subject of this week’s CFO Community column in the News-Leader. You can read the entire column hereClick here to learn more about the Teacher Corps.

The CFO’s column runs weekly in rotation with other organizations on the News-Leader’s Community page, which is published daily. We appreciate this opportunity to share our work with News-Leader readers across the region.