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What is RISE?

RISE is a curriculum support program designed to improve international studies and multicultural education in Northeastern California schools.  Under the auspices of the CSU, Chico colleges of Communication and Education, and Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Graduate, International and Interdisciplinary Studies, RISE provides support to students, teacher candidates and classroom teachers in the forms of standards-aligned curriculum materials, including books, thematic units, audio-visual materials, costumes and artifacts. Director of the RISE Library, Maureen Fredrickson, also conducts tours and workshops on artifact-based lessons by appointment.

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


Maureen Fredrickson

RISE workshops, institutes and curriculum services are available to all classroom teachers in northeastern California.