South Dakota LEAP
Watch this video about the exciting school improvement work that is being done in the South Dakota Department of Education! South Dakota Leap is an online interactive self-improvement planning tool for school teams to inform, coach, sustain, track and report improvement activities as they develop their improvement plan & then manage the continuous improvement process. South Dakota LEAP is premised on the belief that school improvement is best accomplished when directed by the people closest to the students!

NCCC Overview

The North Central region is composed of four States — Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming — a geographic region of 318,833 sq. mi. (8.6% of the nation’s geographic area) serving approximately 946,246 children under the age of 18 (1.3% of the national population of children). Although there are urban and suburban areas, the North Central Region is predominantly rural. 

The North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) provides high-quality technical assistance to help State Education Agencies (SEAs) build their capacity to implement state-level initiatives and support district- and school-level initiatives that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction. Building capacity includes helping SEAs:

Build internal organizational strength through such activities as creating sustainable organizational structures and effective performance management systems, 

Build staff expertise within SEA structures to ensure that districts and schools are provided high-quality services and supports,

Align programs and policies by strengthening connections between different organizational channels (e.g. divisions or grant programs), and

Build organizational capacity to support district- and school-level implementation of effective practices to improve student outcomes.


Latest News

  • Save the Date! 2nd Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit — July 7-8, 2015 2nd Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit  July 7-8, 2015  North Dakota State Capitol Bismarck, ND  Sponsored by: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction North Dakota Indian Affairs ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 9:13 AM by Judy Counley
  • Lakota Nations Conference Convenes in South Dakota NCCC offered several breakout sessions at the 36th Annual Lakota Nations Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, on December 17-20, 2014. The two breakout sessions offered during the ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2015, 1:36 PM by Judy Counley
  • NCCC Staff Publish an Article in NASSP Journal In the April issue of the NAASP Bulletin (available to NAASP members only), NCCC’s Jane Hill and Heather Hoak write about the need for English language learners (ELLs) to ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2015, 9:29 AM by Judy Counley
  • New NCCC Video Series Illustrates an Effective Instructional Strategy NCCC has produced a video series called Reciprocal Teaching in Action to provide technical assistance for this innovative and research-based instructional strategy. The videos were developed as part of ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2015, 9:17 AM by Judy Counley
  • North Dakota Advocates Push for More Content on Native American Culture By next fall, state schools may be incorporating tribe-approved content on Native history and culture into their curriculum. But it's not just for non-Indian students, said Lucy ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2015, 5:25 PM by Judy Counley
  • New Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction On January 1, 2015, Jillian Balow entered the Wyoming Department of Education as the new State Superintendent of Public Education.  She is a former school teacher and, most ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2015, 11:56 AM by Judy Counley
  • NCCC Notes - Highlighting Collaboration NCCC continues to collaborate with the Center on Early Education and Learning Outcomes (CEELO) in sponsoring quarterly conference calls with early childhood and education staff in the four North Central ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 12:48 PM by Judy Counley
  • School Leadership Teams Make a Difference for Students in South Dakota NCCC has worked closely for the last two years with the South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) to develop a system of supports for its lowest performing schools. Central ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 11:24 AM by Judy Counley
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