Rural Learning Networks

Serving and connecting leaders across Georgia's rural communities

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Overview

The Georgia Partnership established regional initiatives in the form of Rural Learning Networks (RLNs) to disseminate and amplify best practices in addressing issues concerning educational attainment and economic development, especially in Georgia’s hardest to reach communities. These networks engage local leaders from education, business and the community to help build local capacity and partnerships to address opportunities and challenges, especially in rural Georgia. This work seeks to provide a shared-learning network for community leaders to learn from each other and raise awareness of best-practice work already happening across the state of Georgia.

The RLN networks have regular virtual meetings that allow participation from across the state.  Examples of discussion topics include Pathways To and Through Post-Secondary in a COVID world, Rural Broadband, Racial Equity, Mental Health Challenges and Supports, etc.  Joining the network gives you access to these ongoing conversations as well as to notes, resources, and relevant opportunities or information.  RLN members are often tapped for opportunities that come to the Georgia Partnership, such as access to statewide policy initiatives, information about grants or events, and connections with journalists, podcasts, or organizations focused on the needs and realities of rural Georgia.  In the midst of COVID-19, the RLNs are providing valuable insight into the impact of the pandemic on local systems, which the Georgia Partnership relies on to inform and support statewide policy platforms such as EdQuest and the Top Ten Issues to Watch.

Relevant Resources

COVID-19

GA Chamber Resource Page for Businesses: https://www.gachamber.com/covid19/

DECAL Covid Guidelines and Resources: http://www.decal.ga.gov/BFTS/Covid19.aspx

GADOE Guidelines and Resources: https://www.georgiainsights.com/coronavirus.html

Field Notes Podcast
Racial Equity

Racial Outcome Data

Leadership Materials

Background on Racial Racial Equity in America

Racial Equity Facilitators

Tools for “Starting the Conversation”

Other resources

    • The Georgia Chamber: the GA Chamber is taking a leading role in addressing equality and inclusion in the state.  Their information and resource page is: https://www.gachamber.com/equality-inclusion/
    • Civic Dinners: these are free facilitated online Zoom gatherings around various topics including racial, economic, and educational equity. https://about.civicdinners.com/
    • Promising Practices for Engaging Latino Students (attached).  Data is from 2014 but many research trends continue to apply.
School Funding

Statewide RLN Engagement

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Clarke County (RLN North)

Chamber of Commerce

Education/Nonprofit

Hall County (RLN North)

Economic Development

Gordon County (RLN North)

Education

Chamber of Commerce

Jackson County (RLN North)

Nonprofit

Lumpkin County (RLN North)

Higher Education

Bartow County (RLN North)

Nonprofit

 

Walton County (RLN North)

Education

Whitfield County (RLN North)

Higher Education

Philanthropy

Chamber of Commerce

Glascock County (RLN Central)

Nonprofit

Education

Baldwin County (RLN Central)

Education

Lamar County (RLN Central)

Higher Education

Economic Development

Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofit

Toombs County (RLN East)

Education

Chamber

Candler County (RLN East)

Education

Jeff Davis County (RLN East)

Education

Montgomery County (RLN East)

Chamber

Tattnall County (RLN East)

Education

Coffee County (RLN East)

Nonprofit

Wayne County (RLN East)

Education

McIntosh County (RLN East)

Chamber

Chatham County (RLN East)

Early Learning

Bulloch County (RLN East)

Education

Ware County (RLN East)

Higher Education

Brooks County (RLN South)

Nonprofit

Education

Lowndes County (RLN South)

Higher Education

Early County (RLN South)

Education

Colquitt County (RLN South)

Nonprofit

Cook County (RLN South)

Chamber

Nonprofit

Grady County (RLN South)

Education

Nonprofit

Worth County (RLN South)

Chamber

Lee County (RLN South)

Education

Chamber

Thomas County (RLN South)

Chamber

Terrell County (RLN South)

Chamber

Mitchell County (RLN South)

Education

The Georgia Partnership