Database of Federally Funded Technical Assistance and Research Centers

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This database compiles information about technical assistance and research centers, specifically those that are federally funded. The goal of the database is to foster awareness and collaboration, and to provide this online tool to help states, districts, and technical assistance providers find services and opportunities for cooperation and alignment. The database was developed in collaborations with the Great Lakes Comprehensive center and their work with the Michigan Department of Education. The sidebar provides several filtering options and a search box to help users find centers that match their specific criteria.

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 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