Know any budding geniuses that would benefit from having a computer of their own? Someone that has a talent for graphic design, or coding, or manufacturing, or making movies or music? We might be able to help.
Rolling Hills Casino has arranged with Computers for Classrooms to give away 14 computers to the most deserving future geniuses in Tehama County. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2017. Students must currently attend a Tehama County school and be endorsed by a teacher. Click here to download the application.
Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can. This simple quote by Arthur Ashe is at the heart of what makes positive change and a real difference in people’s lives. Whether you employ and develop interns or take students to see a play; whether you coach Little League or lead a 4-H Group, doing what you can and expecting more makes all the difference.
This report and the 2016 Expect More Tehama Summit are a reminder of the good work caring adults and organizations do every day. The Summit brings together a wide variety of stakeholders who rarely have opportunities to meet up otherwise. These convenings continue to be critical to answering the question: What can we begin to do or put in place to raise expectations for our students beyond a high school diploma?
This year at the Summit, we heard about great work taking place in our high schools to prepare students for job opportunities in manufacturing. Bill Gaines of Transfer Flow and the Grow Manufacturing Initiative made a strong case for the manufacturing sector and what critical positions are needed now and in the future. We heard from interns in healthcare and manufacturing. Internships are becoming key to bridging college students and new graduates to their field of work while benefiting employers as well. We celebrated two huge announcements: the award of an Education Talent Search grant to the Tehama County Department of Education to continue the college support system established through College OPTIONs and the launch of a new regional collaborative, North State Together, supported by The McConnell Foundation and Shasta College and involving Tehama, Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou and Modoc Counties. This is an enormous endorsement of community/education partnerships, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Summit audience learned about 3D printers and the power of a makerspace inside the walls of Juvenile Hall. They also glimpsed into the future with Redding’s Rachel Hatch, a futurist and Northstate leader.
Ultimately, caring adults are the change makers. They help kids, from cradle to career, move in the right direction. Without them, and more of them, we won’t succeed. We thank you for making a difference every day and we invite you to stay connected with Expect More Tehama as great things unfold in 2017!
The Maker Showcase is slated for its launch at the Tehama County Fair on September 22-25, 2016. Kids of all ages are welcome to come down and participant in some of the fun challenges, or watch a demonstration of something fun!
In addition to the fun workshops, come witness the Maker Breaker, a high school competition where students are given boxes of materials and asked to perform a challenge within 30 minutes. It should be quite fun as students scramble to build something with strange components like toothpicks and gumdrops!
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Expect More Tehama – Raising Hope
Education is a natural part of a community’s landscape. We typically count on 180 days of backpacks and homework, field trips, and friendships, year in and year out. But education is more than what happens in school, and each community influences education, and the existing cultural attitude about learning.
In 2009, a small group met for coffee in Red Bluff and wondered why more students weren’t going on to college. They began to ask students, “Why did you go to college?” The answer was almost always, “Because it was expected.” They asked adults, “Why aren’t more students going to college?” The answer was almost always, “Because it just isn’t expected.” An expectation is a hope, and the group saw this as an opportunity to raise hope and see both students and the community benefit. Expect More Tehama was born.
The local movement asks Tehama County to become engaged and excited about education, to value learning and to understand what the future looks like for our students. It aims to ensure that all students leave high school prepared to have options to attend the military, trade and vocational school, community college, apprenticeships, or a university. That preparation includes both solid academics, positive relationships with adults, and becoming familiar and comfortable with the very concept of higher education. It maintains that it is not the sole responsibility of our education system to teach and mentor our students. We all have a role to play.
Rural areas generally have a lower percentage of residents with higher education. One of the most telling indicators of whether or not someone will attend college is simply their zip code. The closer you live to a college or university, the more likely you are to attend. With the loss of a major portion of the forest products industry during the 80’s and 90’s, and with the related disappearance of so many well-paying jobs, the north state has struggled to build a better skilled workforce. Higher education brings benefits to the individual and the community including less poverty, crime and health issues and increased business vitality and innovation. Now, more than ever, we need all students and residents prepared, not just in Tehama County, but the entire region.
Expect More Tehama realized there were many wonderful programs in place, but often without adequate marketing or resources. Many segments of the community were isolated from each other. Here was a great opportunity to convene stakeholders and initiate some meaningful conversation. An annual summit provides that forum. At each gathering, the underlying question continues to be, “What can we do or put in place that will raise expectations and support youth in continuing their education and skills beyond high school?” Each forum includes education, business, government, faith based, service type organizations and more.
“The summits allow us to tap into a powerful collective brain trust,” said Kate Grissom, Director of Marketing at Rolling Hills Casino, an Expect More Leadership member and a parent. “The discussion and ideas fuel the energy and purpose that’s been created.”
Expect More Tehama is made up of passionate volunteers whose main role is to connect, convene and coordinate ideas and resources. When more people know the amazing things going on, it fuels increased involvement, support and excitement.
One goal has always been to make the map to college simple and clear for students and parents. Expect More Tehama was able to combine local resources to bring a single CollegeOPTIONS advisor to Tehama County. CollegeOPTIONS, based in Shasta County, helps students and parents figure out their individual plan for college. Are students taking the right classes? Exploring options? Visiting campuses? Signing up for scholarships and making deadlines? Today they have a director and staff in Tehama County and provide support at middle and high schools.
“We first brought CollegeOPTIONS to Tehama County to show eighth graders how choosing the right classes in high school provides them options after graduation,” said Grissom, “Today, they support the high school counsellors, arrange trips and events and help make sense of getting to college, whether it’s the financial ins and outs or the academics.”
Today, many schools have also adopted a No Excuses University model that builds a college culture at school. Mrs. Pooler’s fourth grade class at Lassen View School proudly hangs their Chico State Flag outside their classroom every day, and on Friday’s the students wear their Chico State shirts. Whether or not they all choose to go to college, the students will at least understand the concept and possibly see themselves as a future college student. Every class at the school has adopted a college, including the front office (UCLA) and the Bus Building (UC Davis).
Over time, efforts have also focused on younger students. Expect More Tehama launched Tehama Reads, a school readiness and literacy initiative to champion reading proficiency as a community and moral responsibility. This initiative was in response to the release of a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that linked third grade reading proficiency with the probability of future drop-out rates, incarceration and poverty. The effort has included community bookshelves that encourage children to take books home; summer book mobiles delivering books to outlying areas; a connection with the libraries and education that provides a summer reading and incentive program and free book giveaways at Enjoy Movies in the Park and Red Bluff Farmer’s Market.
Technology is also a priority, and Expect More offered 11 mini-grants to teachers who attended a series of technology workshops this year. To be considered for the grants, teachers had to explain the technology they were requesting, how they planned to use it, and how they would share that knowledge with other teachers. Jon Jones, a teacher at Red Bluff High School, received an iPad to allow him to use Educreations, a content creation and delivery tool.
”In addition to giving me access to a new technology platform to create content, the grant allowed me to explore the exploding area of “app” based student content,” said Jones. “And I use technology in a greater way to monitor student progress and perform common classroom management tasks.”
Whether it’s career exploration, developing leadership skills, applying new technology, promoting literacy or reminding residents that they have talents to share with youth, Expect More Tehama celebrates and champions hope in Tehama County. Understanding and fostering the value of learning, education and engagement is at the heart of that hope.