Resources

Regional Comprehensive Centers

Regional Comprehensive Centers provide frontline assistance to states to help them implement the ESEA and other related Federal school improvement programs and help increase the capacity of states to assist their districts and schools. Regional Centers are embedded in their regions and responsible for developing strong relationships and partnerships within their regional communities (ED, 2012).

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 (ED, 2012).

Building State Capacity and Productivity

Priority Focus:

Building State Capacity and ProductivityBuilding State
Capacity

  • Increasing the capacity of states to implement their key initiatives statewide and support the school-level implementation of effective practices

TXCC Liaison: John Spence

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College and Career Readiness and Success

Priority Focus:

College and Career Readiness and SuccessCollege and
Career Readiness

  • Implementing college- and career-ready standards and aligned, high-quality assessments for all students

TXCC Liaison: Ann Neeley

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Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

Priority Focus:

Enhancing Early Learning OutcomesEarly
Learning

  • Ensuring the school readiness and success of preschool-age children and their successful transition to kindergarten

TXCC Liaison: Ramona Chauvin

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Great Teachers and Leaders

Priority Focus:

Great Teachers and LeadersGreater Teachers
and Leaders

  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders

TXCC Liaison: Rita Ghazal

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Innovations in Learning

Priority Focus:

Innovations in LearningInnovations
in Learning

  • Identifying and scaling up innovative approaches to teaching and learning that significantly improve student outcomes

TXCC Liaison: Cheryl Harris

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School Turnaround

Priority Focus:

School TurnaroundSchool
Turnaround

  • Turning around the lowest-performing schools

TXCC Liaison: Trent Sharp

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Standards and Assessments Implementation

Priority Focus:

Standards and AssessmentsStandards and
Assessment

  • Building rigorous instructional pathways that support the successful transition of all students from secondary education to college without the need for remediation, and careers

TXCC Liaison: Concepcion Molina

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Previous Work October 2005 to September 2012

The Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) provided technical assistance, professional development, and support services to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under grant number S283B050020 from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for 7 years. TXCC's work with Texas focused on educator quality and effectiveness, statewide systems of support; English language learners and other diverse students; literacy, mathematics, and science initiatives; early-warning data systems; college and career ready standards and aligned assessments; and support to facilitate implementation of, and compliance with, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). For more information, refer to the Project Overviews, which are organized by work years.

Resources

As part of the technical assistance and information dissemination work with Texas, TXCC provided numerous online and multimedia resources as well as regional events to aid TEA staff in increasing their knowledge and capacity in key areas. Resources included newsletters, briefing papers, and reports. Events addressed topics such as designing and implementing teacher evaluation systems, Response to Intervention, school turnaround, and English as a second language. To access archives of these resources, click the link below.

Early Warning System   TEA logo   Resources   TXCC Briefing Papers  

English Language Learners   TXCC Training Materials  

Briefing Papers

Briefing papers were developed, in collaboration with staff from SEDL's Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), to address challenges identified by educators and TEA staff. Each publication was announced through an email campaign and published on the TXCC and SECC websites.

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Rapid Response Service

The Texas CC provided prompt responses and research-based information to address specific policy and NCLB implementation questions posed by TEA staff. This service was designed to assist them in addressing queries from policymakers or school district personnel, as well as to help inform them on aspects of their own work.