Resources

The Resources section is where you can search the resources provided by all 20 Centers in the CC Network. These resources are developed and maintained by the Centers, and they are available to everyone. Search by a keyword or phrase, or browse by a topic to find resources you may be interested in.

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Academies for Learning Advancement: Research and Practitioner Perspectives

2021 Tools/Toolkit

Advancement academies (sometimes known as “vacation” academies) are a promising approach for learning recovery, a way to focus intensely on the learning needs of small groups of students.  This collection of short videos and other materials explains the features of successful academies, reports on research about the impact of academies on student achievement, and describes ways to adapt the academies to address interrupted learning caused by the pandemic.

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Addressing Educator Workforce Shortages: A State Comparison Brief

2021 Publication

The Region 12 Comprehensive Center conducted a scan to explore the innovative programs, policies, and practices that state education agencies and other education entities are using to mitigate educator staffing challenges. The report highlights common and promising practices used to address educator shortages, examines how key states are tackling shortages specifically in the context of COVID-19, and provides a state-by-state crosswalk of efforts to recognize, address, and mitigate educator shortages by region. Used collectively with workforce data and local context considerations, the strategies and resources can help Colorado and other state education stakeholders develop comprehensive approaches to addressing educator shortages.

After Action Reviews for Summer Learning Programs

After Action Reviews for Summer Learning Programs

2021 Policy/Policy brief

This guide gives users the steps and content to conduct an After Action Review (AAR) about summer learning programs. An AAR can assist schools and districts to identify the lessons learned from previous summer and extended learning programs, as well as from current attempts at providing hybrid and remote learning. These lessons can then inform strategies for learning recovery to implement during the school year and subsequent summers.

 

Layland, A. & Corbett, J.(2021). After Action Reviews for Summer Learning Programs: Identifying Lessons Learned to Accelerate Learning. Rockville, MD: National Comprehensive Center at Westat.
 

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COVID-19 Recovery and the Strategic Use of Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

2021 Tools/Toolkit

This virtual workshop was co-sponsored by Region 2, 13, and 15 Regional Comprehensive Centers in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Network. Attended by state agency agencies from across the country, the workshop was designed to discuss the implications of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, assist state education agencies (SEA) in strategic planning with featured examples of states' approaches, and provide opportunities for state specific and cross-state planning and discussion. A discussion/planning tool is provided for SEA use.

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Education Stories from the Field

2021 Tools/Toolkit

The National Comprehensive Center has launched Education Stories from the Field, providing inside, frontline, real-time insights and lessons on how state and local education leaders have responded to the pandemic. 

A building timeline illustrates how  leaders in four states—Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming—are setting priorities, making decisions, working with partners, and providing support for district and school leaders during this time of educational upheaval and innovation. As the pandemic, and our recovery from it, is ongoing, so are these stories. Check back for updates as the National Center documents how the approaches these states, and the districts within them, continue to unfold.

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Evidence-Based Practices for Improving Adolescent Literacy

2020 Tools/Toolkit

In partnership with the Idaho State Department of Education (ISDE), the Region 17 Comprehensive Center developed this toolkit to help instructional leaders deliver consistent, effective training to teachers across Idaho on evidence-based strategies for improving literacy in grades 4-8. The toolkit is based on four recommendations in the practice guide from the Institute of Education Sciences. For each recommendation, there is a facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint presentation, and handouts.

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Implementing Trauma-Informed Approaches: Practitioners' Perspectives Roundtable

2021 Tools/Toolkit

In this multimedia package created from a roundtable session, presenters share their experiences in implementing trauma-informed practices. As many U.S. schools begin returning to in-person or hybrid instruction, it is clear that the surge in mental health and socioemotional needs of students requires comprehensive systems and supports in schools. Presenters share their insights and experiences in implementing trauma-informed (TI) approaches in various school settings. The panelists provide an overview of the planning process and implementation, both at the school- and district-level, starting from how they got the buy-in, the funding, the resources, as well as the challenges they faced and how they addressed them.

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Literacy Leads, Content Follows, Students Thrive - Advice for Grades 4-8 Literacy Leaders in Disrupted Environments

2021 Tools/Toolkit

Literacy Leads, Content Follows, Students Thrive provides advice for grades 4-8 literacy leaders in grades 4-8 in disrupted environments. The guide provides guidance to help teachers adapt to working in multiple modes with increased flexibility and inventiveness while focusing instruction on the essential literacy skills needed to learn subject area content. Resources with evidence-based practices are linked throughout the document, providing “one stop” access to seminal documents.

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Literacy Leads, Setting Follows – Advice for Grades 1-3 Literacy Leaders in Disrupted Environments

2021 Tools/Toolkit

This guide is the first in a series of online multimedia resources that provide advice for literacy leadership teams. In addition to information about instructional priorities, the guide includes suggestions for planning efficient use of instructional time, relieving the burden on teachers, centralizing support for parents and engaging community resources. Links to evidence-based resources are provided throughout the text.

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Literacy Priorities in Local District ARP Plans

2021 Factsheet

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) has created opportunities for school districts to address students’ learning challenges originating from the pandemic by improving and augmenting existing programs. Literacy Priorities in Local District ARP Plans is an interactive template intended to guide state-level staff as they review, strengthen and monitor LEAs’ plans for accelerating literacy learning. The guide includes important questions to consider along with tips and relevant links for more information.

Scan of State Policies and Guidance Resources Addressing Grow-Your-Own Programs

Scan of State Policies and Guidance Resources Addressing Grow-Your-Own Programs

2021 Policy/Policy brief

The Region 4 Comprehensive Center conducted a scan on state policies and guidance on Grow-Your-Own Programs for secondary students to respond to a request from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The scan includes information on the main types of secondary programs, key policy findings from a state policy scan, a framework, examples of guidance and resources from other states, glossary of terms, and references. 

TI Brief # 2: Taking the First Step to Becoming a Trauma-Informed (TI) School

Taking the First Step to Becoming a Trauma-Informed (TI) School

2021 Policy/Policy brief

This resource brief provides guidance for the implementation of trauma-informed (TI) approaches at the school-, district-, and state-level. Adopting a TI approach requires careful consideration of the systems needed to be put into place to support TI practices, policies, and procedures. The brief offers the multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) as a promising framework for integrating TI with social and emotional learning (SEL) practices that are centered on equity, in an effort to improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students.

 

Manian, N. (2021). Becoming Trauma Informed – Taking the First Step to Becoming a Trauma-Informed School. Rockville, MD: National Comprehensive Center at Westat.
 

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Tracking the Utility and Usefulness of ESSA School-by-School Expenditure Data

2021 Tools/Toolkit

Covering all 50 states and DC, this interactive tracker measures whether states are meeting four ESSA requirements as well as other benchmarks to ensure school spending data are complete, useful, and usable. It also notes where  accuracy or accessibility can be improved. The tracker will be updated regularly as states resolve data concerns and add useful features.

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Tribal Consultation Toolkit

2021 Tools/Toolkit

The Tribal Consultation Toolkit includes tools and resources focused on tribal consultation and sovereignty developed by the National Comprehensive Center’s Native Education Collaborative. The U.S. Department of Education's American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) calls for intentional inclusion and collaboration among various stakeholders supporting students, specifically naming Tribes as necessary partners in deciding how to use the funds to address students’ needs. This toolkit contains resources for states, tribes, districts and schools to build those critical connections and engage in meaningful consultations as described in the ARP ESSER and required by ESEA.

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