Who we are
The Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) is part of a national network of 15 regional comprehensive centers and 7 content centers. The regional centers provide a wide variety of services to individual state education agencies while the content centers focus on specific areas of expertise. TXCC acts as a thought partner with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and other organizations to leverage specialized experience and expertise in educator effectiveness, school turnaround, and systemic reform to help improve outcomes for Texas students and school districts. TXCC also facilitates meetings and processes for TEA to solicit stakeholder input and to produce reports and deliverables, including the 2015 Texas Equity Plan, the Mentoring Advisory Committee Report, and the state’s ESEA waiver.
Founded in 1946, AIR is one of the largest not-for-profit behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations in the world. With 1,800 global employees, AIR has a strong foundation in education research and the application of those findings in the field.
Meet Our Experts
Robert M. Stonehill
Robert M. Stonehill is a managing director at AIR. Dr. Stonehill is responsible for development and oversight of a range of projects to support effective implementation and outcomes of education policies, programs, and initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. He provides guidance in developing, managing, and evaluating national education initiatives to improve teaching and learning in high-need schools and communities, and is a nationally recognized expert in designing, implementing, and evaluating afterschool and expanded learning enrichment programs.
Read more »
View All Experts »
Priority Area Resources
Texas Equity Plan
The TXCC is assisting TEA with its development of the Texas Equity Plan required under the federal Excellent Educators for All initiative in three key areas. First, TXCC staff are working on a scan of previous and existing Texas policies and practices related to equitable access to high-quality teachers. Second, TXCC staff are partnering with the REL SW and with TEA to analyze extant data to identify any equity gaps. Third, TXCC will organize and host three meetings with stakeholders, who will participate in a root cause analysis and strategy identification process to inform development of the plan.
Project website: Texas Equity Plan »
Project ID: 158
News From the U.S.
Department of Education