From 2005 through 2010 the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) worked with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to assist in the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. Part of that work included helping to build capacity among the Texas network of 20 regional education service centers (ESCs). To that end, the TXCC provided numerous professional development sessions around leadership and instructional practices, some of which focused on linguistic accommodations for English language learners (ELs) and support for ELs in mathematics and science. The center also hosted three forums, one summit, and numerous meetings of ESC clusters, all focused on training ESC leaders to guide schools in working systemically to improve students’ academic achievement. At the request of TEA, the methods used in the systemic improvement work were incorporated into a school support team (SST) training manual to be used statewide in training teams to work with schools in need of support.
As part of its mission to build capacity of the state education agency, the TXCC instituted a partnership program to help increase effectiveness and audience engagement in presentations delivered by TEA staff. The center also assisted TEA in planning and hosting several NCLB management institutes and guided TEA staff in developing effective webinars. TXCC facilitated interactions between TEA and various content centers in the CC network through local meetings and by enabling TEA staff to attend conferences held by the centers. Working with several offices in TEA, the TXCC provided targeted technical assistance on RtI to increase TEA’s capacity to develop RtI policy and guidance; access research-based information, models, and resources; and build interdepartmental and cross-agency collaboration around RtI implementation in Texas. Finally, the TXCC supported and strengthened collaboration among the entities working to provide a statewide system of support for schools in need of improvement. Through its work with the Texas Action Group (TAG), the TXCC facilitated regular meetings of those entities to reduce duplication of effort and leverage resources.