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NorCal ELC Newsletter

Join the NorCal ELC Network and we’ll send you an email when each newsletter is available. Our newsletter is an information source for project activities, events, resources, school success stories, and hot topics for schools in the Shasta Region of 21CSLA.



NorCal Educator's Digest

February 24, 2021


What is NorCal ELC?

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the newsletter of the Northern California Educational Leadership Consortium. NorCal ELC serves K-12 educators in the northernmost eleven counties of California, the Shasta Region. The consortium is part of the statewide 21st Century California School Leadership Academy and is funded by the California Department of Education. NorCal ELC News is a part of our work to bring valuable, practice-based content to educators in the Shasta Region that is curated for the unique challenges of educating in rural northern California. We hope you will find the information in our monthly or semi-monthly newsletter useful in your own work.

NorCal ELC’s mission is to provide professional learning and support for school and teacher leaders. We work to develop leadership knowledge and skills, promote continuous improvement systems, and connect educators with each other and with tools and resources for addressing equity-centered problems of practice to ultimately lead to better outcomes for children and youth.

We are enacting our mission through three primary strands. Educators apply to participate in the first two strands.

  • Professional learning and support for small teams of educators working to address local educational concerns or problems,
  • Individualized leadership coaching to enhance the knowledge and skills of school and teacher leaders, and
  • An open to all educators strand of learning events, an informational website, resources, and networking focused on addressing some of the most pressing educational needs of our region and state.

We will also connect regional educators to professional learning events and resources of the 21CSLA State Center.

NorCal ELC is a partnership among California State University, Chico, Humboldt State University, the Chico Unified School District, and Abeo School Change, LLC. We envision selecting three cohorts of participants over the term of the project. Learning activities for teams of local educators and those in the leadership coaching component have begun. We have successfully recruited participants from seven of our eleven counties, and hope to expand our reach to include the additional four counties (Del Norte, Modoc, Plumas, Trinity). Currently, educators from the following counties, districts, and schools are particiting this Spring 2021:

Butte County

  • Butte County Office of Education
  • Chico Unified School District
  • Durham Unified School District
  • Oroville High School District
  • Palermo Union School District
  • Thermalito Union Elementary School District

Glenn County

  • Glenn County Office of Education
  • Capay Joint Elementary School District
  • Hamilton City Unified School District
  • Orland Unified School District
  • Princeton Joint Unified School District
  • Walden Academy Charter School
  • Willows Unified School District

Humboldt County

  • Ferndale Unified School District
  • McKinleyville Union School District
  • Northern Humboldt Union High School District

Lassen County

  • Lassen County
  • Susanville Unified School District

Shasta County

  • Shasta County Office of Education
  • Black Butte Elementary School District
  • Cascade Union Elementary School District
  • Chrysalis Charter School

Siskiyou County

  • Siskiyou County Office of Education
  • Dunsmuir High School District

Tehama County

  • Red Bluff Joint Unified High School District



Funding Available! Small Rural School Achievement Program

Under the Small, Rural School Achievement program, Assistance Listing Number 84.358A, the U.S. Department of Education awards grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the unique needs of rural school districts. For FY 2021 there is over $93 million in the program budget; estimated awards 4200. Applications are due on April 16, 2021. Click here for the details(opens in new window).




National Constitution Center Spring Mixer for Rural Schools

Join the Center’s team at a virtual networking reception to engage in meaningful conversation around the 2020-2021 school year and our shared mission to build “A More Perfect Union” one student at a time. The Center aims at improving civic education. 

March 4 at 3:30pm PT/6:30 ETYou can register to attend here(opens in new window), and get more information.