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Browse AIR Centers that provide resources and services related to ESSA.
The Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center’s works collaboratively and intensively alongside partners within 20 states to revise, as necessary, teacher and leader preparation programs to ensure their graduates are prepared to support students with disabilities. States also work to develop an aligned policy context that supports these preparation reform efforts by focusing on several key policy levers, including licensure standards and processes for certification, and program approval requirements. The CEEDAR Center provides technical assistance, evidence-based rubrics, professional learning modules and policy briefs that can inform efforts within state ESSA plans to reform, restructure, and improve educator capacity to support all students.
The Center on Technology and Disability (2013-2019) was a partnership between AIR, FHI360, and PACER, offering technical assistance on assistive and instructional technology solutions to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The effective integration of evidence-based instructional strategies and technologies within ESSA plans supported increased access for students with disabilities to the general educational curriculum; improve their outcomes and educational results; and help them meet college- and career-ready standards.
From 2012-2019, the GTL Center was a national content center under the federally funded Comprehensive Center Network, providing support to state education agencies and districts in all 50 states. Today, AIR continues to operate the GTL Center and offer services across a range of core evidence-based talent management strategies.
While the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research works primarily in the disability and rehabilitation field, the center has tools and resources available to help with state and local ESSA planning. These resources include guidance on data-based planning and logic modeling as well as a registry of systematic reviews to help identify evidence-based practices.
Since 2007, the MTSS Center (formerly the Center on Response to Intervention) has been a national leader in supporting states, districts, and schools across the country in implementing an MTSS framework that integrates data and instruction within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and support students’ social, emotional, and behavior needs from a strengths-based perspective.
From 2012-2019, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center provided technical assistance and resources to states and policymakers as they developed plans and to build state capacity to implement college and career readiness efforts. The center helped states prioritizing college and career readiness (CCR) for all students to leverage the opportunities and flexibilities within ESSA, to develop a coherent CCR approach. Resources are still available on the archived site.
The National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) specializes in using state and district longitudinal data to examine the effects of policies and practices on the learning gains of all students in a district or state. ESSA-related topics CALDER has studied include educator preparation and performance, postsecondary and labor market outcomes, and school choice and accountability.
The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) helps states transform their systems to improve academic and post school outcomes for youth with disabilities. Specifically, NCSI works to strengthen state education agency capacity for systems transformation in supporting the development and implementation of the State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIP) and in documenting outcomes through the Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) process. The SSIPs can be leveraged in state ESSA planning – in particular the state’s comprehensive system of support - as an infrastructure to support districts and schools in strengthening educator use of evidence-based practices for students with disabilities and students that struggle.
The National Center on Intensive Interventions provides technical assistance and resources to support implementation of data-based individualization in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs. The center's resources can support both state and local ESSA planning and provides both implementation and instructional support.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments provides training and support focused on improving conditions for learning so that all students have the opportunity to realize academic success in safe and supportive environments. With ESSA's focus on safe and healthy students and a well-rounded education for all students, the center's resources, training, and technical assistance offerings can help educators identify and implement effective programs.
As a partner on the National Charter School Resource Center, AIR understands the unique context and needs of charter schools. The center provides technical assistance and resources on ESSA topics including school discipline, English Language Learners, special education and school leadership - all through the lens of charter school governance and operations.
National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC)
NDTAC provides direct assistance to states, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglect, delinquent, or at-risk. Check out the center's revised Transition Toolkit (December 2016) during ESSA planning for updated information on existing policies, practices, strategies, that support the design of high-quality transition services for youth moving into, through, and out of education programs within the juvenile justice system.
National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (TA Center for Violence Prevention)
The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention offers resources and expert support to states, tribes, territories, and local communities to prevent youth violence and promote the overall well-being of children from birth to 18 years and their families. The National Resource Center seeks to connect leading experts in mental health promotion, youth violence prevention, and early childhood well-being with local leaders and practitioners who are likely to use innovative and proven approaches and resources in their community. The National Resource Center provides training and technical support for communities and schools to develop mental and behavioral health programming to assist districts as they address EESA’s Title IV Part A, “safe and healthy schools.”
The State Support Network brings states, districts, technical assistance providers, and experts together to support state and local ESSA planning and implementation. Leveraging Communities of Practice and Peer to Peer Exchanges, the Network will examine priority topics within ESSA including evidence-based practices, support for school improvement, and comprehensive needs assessments.
Regional and State-based Centers
The Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (2014-2019) provided technical assistance and resources for state ESSA planning and implementation in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio on topics ranging from overall strategic planning and stakeholder engagement to specific tools and resources to help states design new systems for teaching and learning.
The Illinois Quality Afterschool Program provides technical assistance and professional development to Illinois 21st CCLC grantees. Its resources and tools can support the design and delivery of high-quality afterschool programs that address ESSA's emphasis on providing all students a well-rounded education.
The Midwest Comprehensive Center (2014-2019) provided technical assistance and resources for state ESSA planning and implementation in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin on topics ranging from overall strategic planning and stakeholder engagement to specific tools and resources to help states design new systems for teaching and learning.
REL Midwest provides education research and technical support services to educators and policymakers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. REL Midwest has a wide range of resources available related to ESSA priority areas. Reports, infographics, events, and videos can be found on its website along with EdMaps, a Web-mapping application that displays complex education data geographically as "story maps." EdMaps helps users analyze publicly available school- and district-level data, observe trends over time, and frame conversations on practice and policy.
REL Southwest provides education research and technical support services to educators and policymakers in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. REL Southwest has a wide range of resources available related to ESSA priority areas. Reports, infographics, events, and videos can be found on its website, including a three-part video series discussing the use of early warning systems to identify and support English learners at risk of falling behind academically or of dropping out.
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (2014-2019) provided technical assistance and resources for state ESSA planning and implementation in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina on topics ranging from overall strategic planning and stakeholder engagement to specific tools and resources to help states design new systems for teaching and learning.
The Texas Comprehensive Center (2014-2019) provided technical assistance and resources for Texas ESSA planning and implementation on topics ranging from overall strategic planning and stakeholder engagement to specific tools and resources to help states design new systems for teaching and learning.