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Building connections at the local, state, and national level to better serve rural schools.

The Center will help build connections between rural schools and the communities they serve, the broad resources of Cornell University, and a broad range of organizations that can provide assistance, information, and value to rural communities and state policymakers.

The Center will be a real asset in our efforts to support the educational opportunities for children attending the more than 400 rural schools of New York and we look forward to working with them as a partner.
– Larry Kiley, Executive Director of Rural Schools Association of New York State

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  • Rural Schools Association of NYS: The Rural Schools Association is a statewide, member driven organization dedicated to representing the interests of small and rural school districts in New York State. Approximately 300 school districts and BOCES units are currently enrolled as members of RSA.
  • Program on Applied Demography (PAD): PAD brings skills in demographics, economics, statistics, data gathering and data analysis together to provide a variety of organizations with data, information and advice. Check out the data tools of this site under our Capacity and Data section.
  • Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI): CaRDI has strengthened Cornell's role as a leader in responding to current and emerging needs in community and rural development. Working with Cornell faculty and staff and other state and regional institutions, CaRDI is a center of dialogue and collaboration addressing needs at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Office of Land Grant Affairs: This office supports the Land-Grant Mission of the College and University by facilitating applied research, extension and other forms of outreach that address the needs of society and produce diverse public benefits.
  • Rural Schools Initiative of the Institute for European Studies: The goal of the RSI is to extend beyond the traditional scope of school districts within Tompkins County and reach out to underserved rural school districts that have less immediate access to Cornell’s Europe-related educational resources.
  • Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research: The BCTR is an initiative that will merge two longstanding and successful college centers: the Family Life Development Center and the Brofenbrenner Life Course Center. BCTR will operate as a "living laboratory" for the extension of research-based knowledge into practice and policy settings and for the incorporation of problems from those domains into researchers' agendas.
  • CALS Outreach and Extension Programs
  • Institute for Social Sciences: The goals of the Institute are to encourage collaborations among social scientists across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, to engage the Cornell community in discussions of cutting-edge topics in the social sciences, and to assist departments and programs in retaining top social science faculty and attracting new talent.
  • 4H Youth Development: Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development programs connect youth to the resources of Cornell University and the land-grant system, strengthening the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers.
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  • New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources: The purpose of the Commission is to develop policies and programs to address the unique needs of rural communities, including individuals, businesses, institutions, local governments, service providers and others. In addition, the Commission represents the interests of rural New York in the halls of the Capitol and throughout State government.
  • NY State Education Department: Through a consolidated application with the federal Rural Education Achievement Program, the NYSED administers the Rural, Low-Income Schools Program (RLIS), which provides additional resources to assist rural districts in meeting state definitions of adequate yearly progress (AYP).
  • Office of Children and Family Services: In partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extensions, OCFS offers parenting resources and social supports to families with young children that are able to reach families in more rural and isolated areas.
  • WSKG STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Initiative: WSKG serves to inspire with the highest quality educational programming, including lessons about STEM, an initiative for securing America's leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and identifying promising strategies for strengthening the educational pipeline that leads to STEM careers.
  • TST BOCES: Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services provides high quality services for children and adults, which complement the educational programs provided by the local school districts and other agencies in the region.
  • New York Council on Children and Families: During its 30-year history, the Council has served as a broker, innovator and change agent among the state's health, education and human services agencies.
  • New York State Family Resources: This site is designed to help families locate high-quality resources available online, in local libraries, or by purchase at various stores.
  • Upstate Institute at Colgate University: The mission of the Institute is to create linkages between Colgate University and the regional community to engage students, faculty, staff and residents in research and a reciprocal transfer of knowledge that will enhance the economic, social and cultural capacity of the area and sustain the environment.
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