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.
To meet the needs of the region, NCCC: (1) provides on-site and virtual support and coaching; (2) facilitates activities to improve organizational structures and processes; (3) draws upon the expertise of the seven Content Centers; (4) facilitates SEA interactions with districts and other stakeholders; (5) helps SEAs implement research-based practices and emerging promising practices; and (6) provides opportunities for SEAs to learn from each other.
U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers
The U.S. Department of Education supports twenty-two comprehensive centers. Fifteen regional centers provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies in implementing and administering programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Seven content centers provide research-based information and tools.
"These centers 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."