Resources for International Studies in Education

The Resources for International Studies in Education (RISE) Library provides valuable teaching and learning tools to support students, teacher credential candidates and area classroom teachers in the forms of standards-based curriculum materials, including books, thematic units, audio-visual materials, costumes and artifacts. RISE is a curriculum support program designed to improve international studies and multicultural education in Northeastern California schools.

Featured in the library are 3,000 children's literature books, including versions of the Cinderella story in Korean, African, Cambodian, Egyptian, and Native American settings. Also on display are fascinating artifacts, maps, games, and instruments—from Hmong story cloths to Indonesian masks and Ethiopian drums. All are available for checkout by teachers and teacher candidates for use in their classrooms and lesson-planning exercises.

Why International Studies?

  • Because the U.S. increasingly affects and is affected by events in other parts of the world
  • Because issues which were once bi-national or regional are increasingly international
  • Because migration, immigration, and international trade have made California acutely aware of its place in the Pacific Rim
  • Because cross-cultural understanding in an ethnically diverse California is essential to our future.
  • Because history, culture, and language are basic skills for an informed citizenship
  • Because informed citizens are the strength of a democratic society


Tours and Workshops

RISE Co-Directors Maureen Fredrickson and Vicki Bertaina, also conduct tours and workshops on artifact-based lessons by appointment. The RISE Library includes a 35-person classroom.

Library Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
or by special appointment
please call 530-898-6407
or 530-343-0326.