Connect, Collaborate, & Contribute to Cradle to Career Success

Our Vision:   A thriving North State built on the educational success of every child from cradle to career.

Our Mission:  To increase community vitality by increasing educational access and success in the North State through local solutions within a regional support framework.

Our Values:  We are driven by our core values:

  • Community Driven: We believe in the power of local solutions within a regional support framework.
  • Data Driven:  We use data to make decisions.
  • Equity Driven: We seek to align community resources, strategies, and interventions to ensure equity of opportunity for ALL.
  • Relationship Driven: We build strong relationships between cross-sector partners and community members built on trust.

North State Together is a regional network of cross-sector partners who have come together to strengthen educational outcomes from cradle to career for ALL in far Northern California.   North State Together serves as the backbone organization providing support to five county collective impact networks:  Reach Higher ShastaExpect More TehamaAdvancing Modoc YouthTrinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership, and Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou.   Our backbone support includes guiding the overall regional vision and strategy, establishing shared measurements, building public will, supporting aligned activities, advancing policy and mobilizing funding, all within a regional support framework.

North State Together backbone support staff includes  Kevin O’Rorke, Jamie Spielmann, Susan Schroth, and James Crandall.




The Collective Power of Working Together

“No single organization, no matter how powerful or innovative, can tackle future challenges in isolation.”

Collective impact is used to describe a cross-sector network that comes together around a set of common goals and shared data to solve complex community challenges to achieve social change. North State Together views education as a continuum that begins at birth and extends through K-12, college, career and beyond. Our regional network has brought together cross-sector partners who have signed on to strengthen this educational continuum for ALL in the North State.

Backbone support is a critical component of the collective impact infrastructure that enables collaborative, multi-sector efforts to advance systems change. It is also one of the most unique elements of collective impact, distinguishing the approach from several other forms of collaboration (FSG). North State Together offers the six essential functions for backbone support to our region:

1. Guiding regional vision and strategy
2. Supporting aligned activities
3. Establishing shared measurement practices
4. Cultivating community engagement and ownership
5. Advancing policy
6. Mobilizing resources

As a backbone, North State Together maintains a delicate balance between the strong leadership needed to keep our counties united toward our common vision, and the invisible “behind the scenes” role that lets each county network own their own success.

North State Together would like to thank KIXE PBS for being a proud supporter of our cradle to career advancement efforts. Check out our latest KIXE PBS sponsored ad above or on your local KIXE PBS channel this week.