Building Capacity to

Make a Difference

The North Central Comprehensive Center is one of 15 regional centers across the nation that are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to and build capacity in state education agencies (SEAs) in the implementation of federal initiatives and programs.
 
Operated by McREL International, the North Central Comprehensive Center serves
Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The North Central Comprehensive Center's region is a geographic area of 318,833 square miles (8.6% of the nation’s geographic area) serving approximately 946,246 children under the age of 18 (1.3% of the national population of children). Although there are urban and suburban areas, the North Central Region is predominantly rural.
The North Central Comprehensive Center provides technical assistance to help state education agencies build their capacity to implement state-level initiatives and support district- and school-level initiatives that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction. Building capacity includes helping SEAs with the the following:

Organizational Capacity:

The SEA's systems, policies, procedures and processes that enable the SEA to share information internally; link together different divisions or departments; or collaborate with internal stakeholders.

Human Capacity:

The ability of SEA staff to develop skills and experience, apply what has been observed or learned, or develop content-related proficiency.

Fiscal & Material Capacity:

The SEA's systems, policies, procedures & processes in order to enable the SEA to better leverage or streamline fiscal, material, and other technology resources.

Structural Capacity:

The SEA's systems, policies, procedures and processes, and practices in order to enable the SEA to be high-functioning and engage in continuous improvement.

Political Capacity:

The ability of SEA leaders to translate organizational goals into effective action; navigate the dynamic, ever-changing educational and political landscape; and engage external stakeholders in an institutionalized and ongoing manner.

The U.S. Department of Education has established a network of centers to provide resources and other support to state and local decision makers. The network includes the comprehensive center system made up of the regional educational laboratories, fifteen regional comprehensive centers and seven national content centers, and other specialized centers. The centers work together to help policymakers and practitioners make evidence-based decisions at all levels of the system with the goal of improving student outcomes.

CONTENT CENTERS

Together, the seven Content Centers cover a spectrum of school improvement and technical assistance areas. Each of them is responsible for providing in-depth knowledge, expertise, and analyses in its focal area to Regional Centers and the States they serve. Content Centers disseminate information about scientifically based research on effective practice and research-based products in their area of specialty and provide expertise that Regional Centers can use in delivering technical assistance to States.

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Reciprocal Teaching
In Action

Research in education offers compelling evidence that suggests language is at the root of learning in mathematics. Reciprocal Teaching in mathematics provides a structure for students to engage in discourse through the four roles: summarizer, planner, clarifier and questioner.

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Wyoming Digital
Learning Plan Update

After spending several months gathering stakeholder input, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) Digital Learning Advisory Panel, has posted a draft of its digital learning plan. Check out this short video to see how WDE and NCCC worked together to create a plan to ensure high quality teaching and learning for all Wyoming students

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Closing the American Indian Opportunity Gap

A historic meeting took place in Phoenix, AZ to discuss the promise that the Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA – holds for improving Indian education across the United States. Check out this short video to hear perspectives on the historic nature of the meeting and the opportunities for improving outcomes for American Indian students.

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LATEST NEWS

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NCCC Advisory Board Gathers in Denver

As the school year began in many places across the region, the North Central Comprehensive Center Advisory Board gathered in Denver to network, provide input on Center services, and discuss the intricacies of implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  For more information, please contact Heather Hume at hhume@mcrel.org  or call 303-632-5512.

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Wyoming Department of Education’s Digital Learning Plan Ready for Public Comment

After spending several months gathering stakeholder input, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) Digital Learning Advisory Panel, has posted a draft of its digital learning plan. Check out this short video to see how WDE and NCCC worked together to create a plan to ensure high quality teaching and learning for all Wyoming students. For more information on this project, contact Adena Miller at amiller@mcrel.org  or call 303-632-5530.

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Historic Meeting Brings Together Key Stakeholders Committed to Improving Outcomes for American Indian Students

Under the desert sun in Phoenix, Arizona, a historic meeting took place to discuss the promise that the Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA – holds for improving Indian education across the United States. Check out this short video to hear perspectives on the historic nature of the meeting and the opportunities for improving outcomes for American Indian students. For more information on this project, contact Heather Hume at hhume@mcrel.org  or call 303-632-5512.

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NATIONAL RESOURCES

Fifteen regional centers provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies in implementing and administering programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Regional Educational Laboratories work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. The U.S. Department of Education supports all of the comprehensive centers and labs.

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