The U.S. Department of Education has contracted with AIR to operate a number of federally funded technical assistance centers, many of which have developed resources related to English language learners (ELLs). Learn more about the ELL strands within AIR Centers through the links below:
AIR manages the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center and the Midwest Comprehensive Center, two of the 15 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. The goal of the regional comprehensive centers is to increase the capacity of State Education Agencies (SEAs) by building their internal organizational strength and capacity allowing them to lead and support Local Education Agencies and schools in improving student outcomes. The regional comprehensive centers increase SEA capacity by providing training on research and evidence-based programs, supporting enhanced coordination and collaboration internally and with key stakeholders, and other technical assistance activities to better implement and administer key state reforms and federal priorities. "These centers will help low-performing schools and districts close the achievement gap," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "They provide valuable support of the Administration's P-12 initiatives to ensure that every child is able to receive a high-quality education."
The centers have worked closely with their SEAs to develop five-year strategic plans for carrying out activities that address state and regional needs which includes providing technical assistance to address English Language Learners (ELLs). This technical assistance will be designed around the seven key initiatives set by the U.S. Department of Education. These initiatives include the following:
- Implementing college-and-career ready standards and aligned, high-quality assessments for all students.
- Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders.
- Turning around the lowest-performing schools.
- Ensuring the school readiness and success of preschool-age children and their successful transition to kindergarten.
- Building rigorous instruction pathways that support the successful transition of all students from secondary education to college without the need for remediation, and careers.
- Identifying and scaling up innovative approaches to teaching and learning that significantly improve student outcomes.
- Using data-based decision-making to improve instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes.
The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) is a technical assistance content center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. The GTL Center is dedicated to supporting state education leaders in their efforts to grow, respect, and retain great teachers and leaders for all students including English Language Learners and students with disabilities.
The GTL Center provides technical assistance and online resources designed to build systems that
- support the implementation of college and career standards;
- ensure the equitable distribution of effective teachers and leaders;
- recruit, retain, reward, and support effective educators;
- develop coherent human capital management systems;
- create safe academic environments that increase student learning through positive behavior management and appropriate discipline; and
- use data to guide professional development and improve instructional improvement.
The Center on Multi-tiered Systems of Support (The Center on MTSS) began as the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs to support the implementation of RTI on a national level. AIR has adapted and added new content to the website and expanded its service offerings to reflect the full range of supports that comprise a comprehensive, integrated MTSS. The Center on MTSS strives to support educators in implementing tiered support systems that address students’ academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs.
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) is one of seven content centers within the Comprehensive Center Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by AIR. The CCRS Center’s mission is to help states and other CCRS stakeholders better inform, align, and support efforts to ensure that all students, including English Language Learners and students with disabilities, are ready for success in college and careers.
As a dynamic technical assistance hub for CCRS stakeholders including regional comprehensive centers, state education policymakers, school and district leaders, and other technical assistance providers, the CCRS Center focuses on
- assessing the CCRS needs across the country to map out the policy and practice landscape;
- consolidating and providing access to high quality tools, resources, and expertise to support comprehensive CCRS reforms; and
- facilitating and supporting collaborations across stakeholders to discuss challenges, share successes and pilot CCRS innovations.