Watch New NCCC Webinar! 

NCCC webinar

NCCC at McREL International's 
Improving Outcomes for Native American Students: Addressing the Academic Language Gap webinar presents information on a pilot project focused on reciprocal teaching and targeted academic language in two middle schools in South Dakota and Nebraska. The webinar includes: an overview of the project; a sample of PD using the Reciprocal Teaching in Action video series; a summary of lessons learned and data collected to date; and Q & A.

Please visit this link to access the recorded webinar and a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation.

For more information, please contact Heather Hoak, Associate Director, North Central Comprehensive Center @ 303-632-5512 or

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

  • Native American Education Panelists Gather for First Time at State’s Capital The first meeting of the historic Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council took place April 28-29 in Pierre, South Dakota. Leaders from across the state gathered to discuss how ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 9:30 PM by Judy Counley
  • Improving Outcomes for Native American Students: Addressing the Academic Language Gap NCCC at McREL International's webinar entitled Improving Outcomes for Native American Students: Addressing the Academic Language presents information on the pilot project focused on reciprocal teaching and targeted academic ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2015, 9:14 PM by Judy Counley
  • 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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