Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center

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ICF operates the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC), providing technical assistance (TA) to state education agencies (SEAs) in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. As one of 15 regional Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the ARCC at ICF facilitates collaborative projects with SEAs in the region to build their capacity to implement the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (reauthorized in 2015 as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA), undertake large-scale change, and support district and school efforts to improve outcomes for students, narrow achievement gaps between student subgroups, and improve instructional quality.

The core objective of the ARCC is to provide high-quality, relevant, and useful TA that enhances specific SEA capacities in the Appalachia region to:

  1. Undertake state education reforms successfully
  2. Support district implementation of reforms
  3. Maintain effectiveness once our services are complete
Caitlin Howley
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Regions Served
States Served
West Virginia
Level of Support
Specialty Area
21st Century Skills
Career and Technical Education
Compensation Evaluation
Early Childhood Leadership
Education Leadership
Educator Effectiveness
Educator Preparation
Educator Retention
Evidence Based Practices
Family Engagement
Intensive Supports
Measuring Student Growth
Multi-tiered Systems of Support
Organizational Leadership
P-3 Systems (Prenatal to Grade 3)
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
Response to Intervention
School Climate
School Mental Health
Social and Emotional Learning
System Alignment
Teacher Mentoring and Induction
Other Specialty Areas: STEM education, micro-credentialing, competency-based education, special education; Data interpretation and use; Formative assessment; Rural education
Primary Audience
School Districts
State Education Agencies
Other Audiences: State Boards of Education
Content Expertise
Convening Stakeholders
Other Services Provided: Assistance with pilot testing of new programs or practices; Policy development and analysis; Instructional design for professional development