Database of Federally Funded Technical Assistance and Research Centers

This database compiles information about technical assistance and research centers–specifically those that are federally funded–to foster awareness and collaboration. The sidebar provides several filtering options and a search box to help users find centers that match their specific criteria. The intent of the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center is to provide this online tool to help states, districts, and technical assistance providers find services and opportunities for cooperation and alignment. For additional information about the projects happening in the Comprehensive and Content Center network, you can also visit Comprehensive Center Network page at: https://compcenternetwork.org/meet-centers

The National Center on Dispute Resolution (CADRE) serves as the National Center on Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education on behalf of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. CADRE works to increase the nation’s capacity to prevent and resolve special education and early intervention disputes by fostering productive home/school/provider partnerships and the use of collaborative processes to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. CADRE assists states with implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) procedural safeguards provisions and the development of high-performing dispute resolution systems through the identification and dissemination of exemplary practices related to program design, implementation, evaluation and improvement.

Director(s):
Melanie Reese, Ph.D.

Specialty Area

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • Families
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Services Provided: Communication, relationship building workshops, and trainings; Systems analysis and improvement
Other Specialty Areas: Dispute Resolution; Conflict Prevention

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) helps students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities by:

  • Collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, disseminating, and providing leadership on evidence-based information on inclusive assessments and comprehensive assessment systems.
  • Promoting the use of assessments for instructional decision-making purposes.
  • Assisting states in their efforts to support districts to improve results.
  • Reviewing the participation and performance of students in national and state assessments, including the use of accessibility features and accommodations and alternate assessments.
  • Examining national and state practices in reporting assessment information.
  • Supporting implementation of U.S. Department of Education accountability systems, including ESEA accountability and IDEA State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs) and State-Identified Measurable Results (SIMRs).
  • Bridging general education, special education, English as a Second Language or bilingual education, and other systems as they work to improve results of education for all students.
Director(s):
Martha Thurlow

Specialty Area

    • English Language Learners
    • Measuring Student Growth

Primary Audience

  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Research

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Services Provided: Technical assistance on assessment related topics
Other Specialty Areas: Assessment; Accountability; Accessibility and Accommodations; Alternative Assessments

The National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) is a partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the United States Department of Education.

Our Mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.

Director(s):
Dr. Hank Fien

Specialty Area

    • Evidence Based Practices

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • Families
  • School Districts
  • Schools
  • State Education Agencies
  • Teachers

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Dyslexia; Evidence-based literacy instruction; Evidence-based literacy intervention; Screening and identification for reading disabilities

The Mission of the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) is to build the capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support implementation of intensive intervention in literacy, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs, often in the context of their multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) or special education services. NCII’s approach to intensive intervention is data-based individualization (DBI), a research-based process that integrates the systematic use of assessment data, validated interventions, and intensification strategies.

Director(s):
Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds, Lou Danielson

Specialty Area

    • Educator Preparation
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Intensive Supports
    • Measuring Student Growth
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support
    • Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
    • Response to Intervention
    • Special Education
    • System Alignment

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • Families
  • School Counselors
  • School Districts
  • Schools
  • State Education Agencies
  • Teachers

Services

  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation

Regions/States

National

Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Primary Audiences: State Technical Assistance Partners (PD Providers, Coaches); Some secondary audiences such as teacher preparation programs, educators, families, related service providers.
Other Services Provided: As part of intensive technical assistance we may support states in developing/refining coaching models/delivery to support implementation. Products/resource development, public webinars, presentations at national, state, and local conferences
Other Specialty Areas: Intensive Intervention; Data-based Individualization

The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) helps states transform their systems to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. NCSI provides states with technical assistance to support development, implementation and evaluation of their 6-year state systemic improvement plan and build capacity among their school districts and local early intervention service programs to improve educational results and functional outcomes for children and youth with disabilities.

Director(s):
Rorie Fitzpatrick, Project Director

Specialty Area

    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Measuring Student Growth
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support
    • Response to Intervention
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • System Alignment

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • Schools
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Systems Change; Students with Disabilities

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) provides evidence-based strategies to deaf individuals, family members, and professionals at the local, state, and national levels with the goal of closing education and employment gaps for deaf individuals.

Director(s):
Stephanie Cawthon, Director, Carrie Lou Garberoglio, Associate Director

Specialty Area

    • Educator Preparation
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Transitions (from grade to grade)

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • State Education Agencies
  • Teachers

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Primary Audiences: Service Providers; Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, Individuals, and Community Organizations
Other Specialty Areas: Deaf; Technology; System change

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) is a Technical Assistance and Dissemination project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Cooperative Agreement Number H326E140004. NTACT is funded from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2019.

NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

Director(s):
David Test, UNC Charlotte, Paula Kohler, University of Central Florida, Deanne Unruh, University of Oregon

Specialty Area

    • 21st Century Skills
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Education Leadership
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Organizational Leadership
    • School Climate
    • School Mental Health
    • Special Education
    • Transitions (from grade to grade)

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • Families
  • School Counselors
  • State Education Agencies
  • Teachers

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Primary Audiences: State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors; Secondary Students with Disabilities
Other Specialty Areas: Transition to post-school environments; Data Analysis and Use

The North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) serves Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming; providing technical assistance and capacity building supports to these state education agencies (SEAs). Serving these North Central states poses both great opportunities, as well as unique challenges. Driving through the states you witness nature’s bounty in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, the badlands of South Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, and the vast farms and ranches of Nebraska. According to the U.S. Census (2010), these four states have among the lowest populations in the country, yet, are geographically among the largest. Most communities are rural and remote, with student populations ranging from 11 students up to 45,613 students. This region also includes sixteen American Indian reservations. Operated by McREL International, the NCCC proudly supports these SEAs with implementing their state level initiatives by providing high quality technical assistance, building collaborative relationships, supporting SEAs to make systemic changes, and disseminating research-based practices to build state and local capacity.

North Central Comprehensive Center staff members are knowledgeable educators and researchers whose experience and expertise combines to meet the unique challenges faced by rural schools and districts in the NCCC region – Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

The North Central Comprehensive Center partners with the state departments of education to:
 • Provide high-quality technical assistance
 • Build collaborative relationships
 • Support state and local educational agencies in making systemic changes
 • Disseminate research-based practices to build local and state capacity

Director(s):
Kathleen Dempsey, Director, Adena Miller, Associate Director

Specialty Area

    • Evidence Based Practices

Primary Audience

  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise

Regions/States

Northeast

Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

No additional information provided

The Northwest Comprehensive Center (NWCC) is part of a national network that provides direct support to state education agencies ( SEAs) to carry out their important work.

The NWCC at Education Northwest works in partnership with the region’s SEAs to understand their priorities in order to provide high-impact support that is customized and responsive to each state’s evolving needs. Examples of assistance include:

Helping states develop their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans and providing opportunities for state leaders to learn from each other as they implement state plans
Creating resources, tools, and professional development to support district implementation of statewide initiatives related to college and career readiness; standards, accountability, and assessment; and teacher and leader effectiveness
Facilitating a community of practice for our region’s SEA Indian Education directors to collaborate on strategies to improve education for Native students, in addition to supporting state-specific Indian Education initiatives
Conducting regular reviews of research and literature from vetted sources to provide Northwest educators with relevant and timely information focused on the unique needs of the region
Understanding the region’s rurality and establishing an ever-growing network of educators from some of the Northwest’s most isolated and remote communities to learn from each other, share strategies to meet their unique challenges, and spread best practices of the region’s rural schools

Director(s):
Mike Siebersma, Director

Specialty Area

    • English Language Learners
    • Evidence Based Practices

Primary Audience

  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Content Expertise

Regions/States

Northeast

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

No additional information provided

The Pacific Regional Comprehensive Center (PRCC) is part of a nationwide network of technical assistance centers established by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Comprehensive Centers were created in 1996 to provide state educational agencies (SEAs) with high-quality, relevant, and useful information, resources, tools, and consultative expertise so that they have increased capacity to lead and sustain state-level initiatives that result in improved outcomes for all students.

The PRCC works collaboratively with the state education agencies in American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)--Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap; Guam; Hawai'i; the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and the Republic of Palau to support their efforts to implement, scale up, and sustain priority initiatives.  PRCC is based at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). 

Our Priorities
1. Standards and Assessment
2. Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders
3. District and School Improvement
4. Early Learning
5. College and Career Readiness
6. Innovations in Teaching and Learning
7. Data Use
8. Organizational Management

Director(s):
Melly Wilson, Director

Specialty Area

    • Evidence Based Practices
    • System Alignment

Primary Audience

  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Content Expertise

Regions/States

Pacific Islands

American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

No additional information provided

Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (REL AP) serves educators in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. To address the priorities and interests of these states, REL AP works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students.

REL AP works to bridge the worlds of education research and education practice. REL AP offers various supports to the collaborative research partnerships and other stakeholder groups in the Appalachia region:

1. Applied research studies and studies in progress that address partnerships' research questions.
2. Training, coaching, and technical support such as survey, interview, or observation protocol development, literature reviews, or tool development.
3. Workshops and coaching that support the use of data and research.
4. Ask A REL annotated bibliographies produced in response to stakeholder research questions.

Director(s):
Deborah Jonas, Ph.D, Director

Specialty Area

    • 21st Century Skills
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Retention
    • English Language Learners
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Measuring Student Growth
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support
    • Response to Intervention
    • School Climate
    • School Mental Health
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Transitions (from grade to grade)

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Southeast

Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Dual Enrollment Courses

One of ten Regional Educational Laboratories, Regional Educational Laboratory Central (REL Central) works in partnership to conduct applied research and training with a mission of supporting a more evidence-based education system

Director(s):
Trudy Cherasaro

Specialty Area

    • Career and Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Educator Retention
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Teacher Mentoring and Induction

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Midwest, Northeast

Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Rural Education; American Indian Education; School Improvement; Innovative Schools

The Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic (REL Mid-Atlantic) is one of 10 research centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to partner with stakeholders in using evidence to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership. REL Mid-Atlantic translates research to practice in partnership with policymakers and practitioners in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Based on regional needs they provide training, coaching, and technical support to help apply high-quality evidence to education improvement initiatives. The lab also conducts, applies, and disseminates research and research-based technical assistance in collaboration with stakeholders in the region to promote continuous improvement of educational practice.

Based on the input from the region the work takes many forms:

  • Partnerships and alliances are formed and evolve
  • Conduct research studies to answer pressing questions for stakeholders in the region
  • Publications are released based on research studies conducted
  • Coaching and technical support workshops are collaborative activities conducted with stakeholders
  • Events are designed and supported to meet the needs of the region
  • Tools are developed through the work with stakeholders
  • Ask A REL responses are provided to inquiries from the region
Director(s):
Brian Gill, Ph.D., J.D.

Specialty Area

    • Alternative Routes to Certification
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Educator Retention
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Measuring Student Growth
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support
    • Organizational Leadership
    • School Climate
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Teacher Mentoring and Induction

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Northeast

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

No additional information provided

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest works to bridge the worlds of education research and practice and build a more evidence-based education system. Our work includes facilitating research-practice partnerships; conducting applied research; and offering training, coaching, and technical support.

Director(s):
Julie Kochanek

Specialty Area

    • 21st Century Skills
    • Alternative Routes to Certification
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Organizational Leadership
    • School Climate
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • System Alignment
    • Teacher Mentoring and Induction

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Educational Technology

The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands translates research to practice in partnership with policymakers and practitioners in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Vermont.  

The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands translates research to practice in partnership with policymakers and practitioners in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Vermont.
The ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) work in partnership to conduct applied research and trainings with a mission of supporting a more evidence-based education system

Director(s):
Jill Weber, Director, Julie Riordan, Deputy Director

Specialty Area

    • 21st Century Skills
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Educator Retention
    • English Language Learners
    • Response to Intervention
    • School Climate
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Teacher Mentoring and Induction

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Northeast

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

No additional information provided

The Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest (REL Northwest) is operated by Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon. REL Northwest focuses on building the capacity of stakeholders in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to use data and evidence to inform decisions related to their specific education-related needs.

REL Northwest's services include the provision of training, coaching, and technical support; conducting applied research studies; and disseminating information in various content areas, but particularly in five high-leverage areas of need in the region: equitable start in learning, appropriate supports for English learners, high school graduation and post-secondary education success, supply and development of effective educators, and accountability system design and implementation.

The majority of our work is currently conducted with stakeholders in 12 research partnerships throughout the region. However, REL Northwest also conducts work with stakeholders that are not affiliated with a particularl research partnership.

Director(s):
Christopher Mazzeo, Director, Fiona Helsel, Deputy Director

Specialty Area

    • Alternative Routes to Certification
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Educator Retention
    • English Language Learners
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Organizational Leadership
    • P-3 Systems (Prenatal to Grade 3)
    • Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
    • School Climate
    • School Mental Health
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • System Alignment

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Northwest

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Services Provided: Dissemination of tools and research
Other Specialty Areas: STEM

The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Pacific translates research to practice in partnership with policymakers and practitioners in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

Director(s):
Phillip Herman, Ph.D.

Specialty Area

    • Career and Technical Education
    • Cross-Disciplinary Competencies
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Educator Retention
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • System Alignment
    • Teacher Mentoring and Induction
    • Transitions (from grade to grade)

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Pacific Islands

American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: College readiness, Developmental education, Culturally responsive education

The Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL Southeast) Southeast partners with states, school districts, and other stakeholders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to inform and improve education practice and policy in the region. REL Southeast brings together the critical elements for success: a thorough knowledge of the region's education systems and contexts; a history of responding to the needs of state and local educators within the region; deep understanding of the critical issues to be addressed; and extensive expertise in research, analytical technical support, and dissemination. Our strengths include a strong presence in each state served and long-standing working relationships with state and local educators throughout the region.

Director(s):
Barbara Foorman

Specialty Area

    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Education Leadership
    • Evidence Based Practices

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Southeast

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Literacy

Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (REL Southwest) provides research, technical support, and dissemination activities to State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in our region to improve the use of data and research evidence to inform practice and policy decisions.

Director(s):
Michael Vaden-Kiernan, Director, Lynn Mellor, Deputy Director

Specialty Area

    • Career and Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Educator Retention
    • English Language Learners
    • Evidence Based Practices

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Southwest

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: College and Career Readiness; Teacher Preparation and Professional Development; Early Childhood Education; Networked Improvement Communities, and School Improvement

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West serves four states: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. To address the priorities and interests in these states, REL West works in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Each partnership focuses on one or more of the following four regional priority topics: educator development, early learning, postsecondary pathways, and support of the whole child.

While schools, districts, state and local support agencies, and other education stakeholders in REL West’s four-state region share many priorities, their specific challenges and needs for research and support can vary. Accordingly, REL West engages in systematic, ongoing assessment of regional education needs to determine how best to target research and provide research-based information, analysis, and analytic support. 

REL West's needs-sensing approaches include:
•    Actively soliciting input from state and local decisionmakers.
•    Analyzing data and policy trends.
•    Examining educator and policymaker requests for assistance.
•    Collaborating with regional Comprehensive Centers.
•    Working with our partners to determine unmet needs.

In response to the diverse needs and priorities of our nine partnerships, REL West engages in a broad range of work. Through in-depth training, coaching, and analytic support, we build the capacity of our partners to address a variety of issues. These include: tackling the complexities of cross-sector data sharing and data use; learning to make evidence-based policy and practice decisions; and addressing challenges that are context- and region-specific, including those unique to rural entities. In addition, REL West conducts applied research that is integrated with the training, coaching, and analytic support we conduct with our partners.

Director(s):
Nikola Filby, Director

Specialty Area

    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • English Language Learners
    • P-3 Systems (Prenatal to Grade 3)
    • School Climate
    • Social and Emotional Learning

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States



Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

No additional information provided

The South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) at the University of Oklahoma is one of a national network of 22 federally funded centers. The SC3 mission is to provide high quality/high impact technical assistance that helps build or expand the capacity of the state education agency (SEA), intermediary agencies, and other educational systems in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma to implement, support, scale-up, and sustain reform efforts to improve teaching and learning.

Director(s):
Belinda P Biscoe, Ph.D., Director, Sarah J. Hall, M.Ed., Associate Director

Specialty Area

    • Evidence Based Practices

Primary Audience

  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Content Expertise

Regions/States

Southwest

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

No additional information provided

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) at AIR is one of 15 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The centers provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies (SEAs) to enable them to assist school districts and schools in the implementation and administration of programs authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the use of research-based information and strategies. SECC works closely with SEAs in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to support their efforts to implement, scale up, and sustain initiatives statewide and to lead and support their school districts and schools in improving student outcomes. Our partner in this project is RMC Research Corporation (RMC).

Director(s):
Dr. Beth Howard-Brown, Director, Dr. Tammie Causey-Konaté, Deputy Director

Specialty Area

    • Alternative Routes to Certification
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Education Leadership
    • Educator Effectiveness
    • Educator Preparation
    • Educator Retention
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Family Engagement
    • Intensive Supports
    • Organizational Leadership
    • School Climate
    • School Mental Health
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • System Alignment
    • Teacher Mentoring and Induction
    • Transitions (from grade to grade)

Primary Audience

  • Families
  • School Counselors
  • School Districts
  • Schools
  • State Education Agencies
  • Teachers

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

Southeast

Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina

Level of Support

  • Targeted

Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Diverse learners; Supporting low-performing schools; Curriculum and instruction; ESSA implementation; Charter schools; Personalized learning; Assessment and accountability

The purpose of the State Implementation and Scaling up of Evidence Based Practices Center (SISEP) is to help to establish implementation and scaling capacity in State, regional, and district educational systems.  SISEP provides content and technical assistance toward establishing large-scale, sustainable, high-fidelity implementation of effective education practices.  Our shared goal is to maximize academic and social outcomes of all students, especially those students with disabilities.

The SISEP Center provides States, Regional, and Local Education Agencies with:

  • Intensive technical assistance to establish an effective and affordable infrastructure to support implementation of evidence based programs
  • Coordinated and shared professional learning via webinars and communities of practice
  • Online and off-line coaching, teaching and education about implementation, scaling, and system reinvention
  • Tools and resources for conducting this work, including formative and summative evaluation tools for action planning, monitoring and outcome assessment.

In addition, the SISEP center provides technical assistance to:

  • Establish implementation capacity in Technical Assistance Centers and projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs
  • Increase implementation capacity of Local Education Agency Superintendents and other leaders
  • Increase knowledge of evidence-based implementation supports for evidence based practices in Charter Management Organizations.
Director(s):
Caryn Ward, Director, Dale Cusumano, Assistant Director

Specialty Area

    • Education Leadership
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support
    • System Alignment

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • Schools
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Facilitation

Regions/States

National

Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Level of Support

  • Intensive

Additional Information

Other Primary Audiences: Technical Assistance Centers
Other Specialty Areas: Implementation Science and Improvement Science

The State Support Network is a technical assistance initiative of the U.S. Department of Education designed to support state and district school improvement efforts. The State Support Network collaborates with states, districts, and technical assistance partners to elevate student outcomes, scale systemic solutions, share learning and leverage effective evidence-based practices, and build sustainable partnerships with states and other technical assistance providers.

The State Support Network brings states and districts together with technical assistance providers and subject matter experts to use research and resources to analyze practical challenges and develop strategies for supporting schools. As states and districts design and implement new school improvement systems, the State Support Network will clarify and confirm needs of states and districts, complement and connect ongoing technical assistance efforts, and accelerate providers’ efforts by offering additional support.

Director(s):
Alicia Garcia, Sara Wraight

Specialty Area

    • Education Leadership
    • English Language Learners
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Measuring Student Growth
    • System Alignment

Primary Audience

  • School Districts
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Technical Assistance Providers
Communities of Practice
Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, Needs Assessments, Strategic Planning

SWIFT Education Center provides executive leadership coaching, professional learning, and differentiated technical assistance (TA) to education entities through contractual agreements. These services are based on a framework for inclusive schoolwide transformation in which Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is the mechanism that drives improved student outcomes and is scaffolded by four domains of evidence-based practices for successfully installing and sustaining MTSS: Administrative Leadership, Integrated Educational Framework, Family and Community Engagement, and Inclusive Policy Structure and Practice.

Director(s):
Wayne Sailor, Ph.D., Amy McCart, Ph.D.

Specialty Area

    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Education Leadership
    • Equity
    • Evidence Based Practices
    • Multi-tiered Systems of Support
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
    • Response to Intervention
    • System Alignment

Primary Audience

  • Administrators
  • School Districts
  • Schools
  • State Education Agencies

Services

  • Assessment Tools
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation
  • Research

Regions/States

National

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Level of Support

  • Tiered

Additional Information

Other Services Provided: Program Evaluation
Other Specialty Areas: Implementation Science