Impact Stories

 

How do we know we’re making an impact? The CCNetwork’s Impact Stories illustrate the results of our work by celebrating ingenuity and collaboration and highlighting moments that sparked change in education. Written by National Comprehensive Center and Regional Comprehensive Center staff, these stories detail key strategies, important lessons, and promising solutions emerging from the CCNetwork's work with SEAs and LEAs across the country. We also share success stories of CCSSO members here as well to elevate additional examples of ways states and jurisdictions are making an impact in education. Filter by topic, Center, or state/jurisdiction to gain new ideas and to cheer for the great work happening in your area.

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Impact Stories
The National Comprehensive Center brought together state education agency teams to function as Communities of Practice to focus on critical educational issues related to equity, out-of-school time programming, and use of American Rescue Plan funds.
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  • Topic(s): Policies and Legislation, Students with Disabilities, Early Education, Literacy
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Policy & Legislation, Student & Staff Well-Being, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Teaching & Learning, Early Education, Literacy
  • State: Georgia
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 6 Comprehensive Center
2023
New Framework Unites States, Districts, and Tribes to Improve Education for Native Students  
Circles of Reflection, developed by National Comprehensive Center, represents a new approach aimed at supporting collaboration between state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and Tribal educational departments (TEDs) to lift Native voices and address Native students’ needs.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Specific Population Groups, American Indian/Alaska Native
  • State(s): Idaho, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin
  • Center or Affiliate: National Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): Leadership Development, Recruitment, Retention
  • Topic(s): Education Workforce, Leadership Development, Recruitment, Retention
  • State: Kansas, Missouri
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 12 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): Leadership Development
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Education Workforce, Leadership Development
  • State: Puerto Rico
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 3 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): Financial Management, Preparation and Licensure, Culturally Responsive Practice, Instructional Practice
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Financial Management, Education Workforce, Professional Development, Equity in Education, Culturally-Responsive Practice, Teaching & Learning, Instructional Practice
  • State: U. S. Virgin Islands
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 3 Comprehensive Center
2023
Minnesota Reaps Statewide School Improvement with Unifying Framework
Recognizing the need for one unifying school improvement framework, the Minnesota Department of Education partnered with the Region 10 Comprehensive Center and developed a clear and coordinated approach for the state and district levels to use. The result was better coordination across the Minnesota Department of Education to support school improvement, the development of a multi-tiered support system framework tailored specifically for the state, and implementation support at both the state and district levels.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, School Improvement, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Student & Staff Well-Being, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • State(s): Minnesota
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 10 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): American Indian and Alaska Native, Early Education
  • Topic(s): Specific Population Groups, American Indian/Alaska Native, Teaching & Learning, Early Education
  • State: Wisconsin
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 10 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): SEA Operations and Performance Management, Professional Development, Instructional Practice, Mathematics/STEM/Computer Science
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Education Workforce, Professional Development, Teaching & Learning, Instructional Practice, Mathematics/STEM/Computer Science
2023
Illinois Targets School Improvement by Empowering Staff
The Illinois State Board of Education strengthened resources and support provided to schools identified as in need of improvement through a partnership with the Region 9 Comprehensive Center. The collaboration has produced key resources, collaboration, and professionalism for school improvement coordinators and increased access to resources for schools.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, School Improvement
  • State(s): Illinois
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 9 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): Professional Development, Social-Emotional Learning, Early Education, Instructional Practice
  • Topic(s): Student & Staff Well-Being, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Teaching & Learning, Early Education
  • State: Guam
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 18 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): School-Based Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Student & Staff Well-Being, School-Based Mental & Behavioral Health
  • State: Texas
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 14 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): Financial Management, SEA Operations and Performance Management, Professional Development, Rural and Remote
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Education Workforce, Professional Development
  • State: Maine
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 1 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): Leadership Development, American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Topic(s): Education Workforce, Leadership Development, Specific Population Groups, American Indian/Alaska Native
  • State: Bureau of Indian Education
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 13 Comprehensive Center
  • Topic(s): Recruitment, Retention, Workforce Diversity
  • Topic(s): Education Workforce, Recruitment, Retention, Workforce Diversity
  • State: Illinois
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 9 Comprehensive Center
2023
Communication and Data Use Transform School Culture in Palau
Districts and schools in Palau are seeing positive changes in teaching and learning from implementing the "Circles of Success" model, created in partnership with the Palau Ministry of Education and the Region 18 Comprehensive Center. The model focuses on student-centered instruction, data-driven teaching and decisionmaking, and improving organizational structures and practices.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Data & Continuous Improvement, SEA Operations & Performance Management
  • State(s): Palau
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 18 Comprehensive Center