Comprehensive Center Network

The Federal Comprehensive Centers program awards discretionary grants that support 22 comprehensive centers to help increase State capacity to assist districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals.

There are 15 Regional Centers that provide services primarily to State Education Agencies (SEAs) to enable them to assist school districts and schools, especially low performing schools. At a minimum, each regional center provides training and technical assistance in the implementation and administration of programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the use of research-based information and strategies.

The other seven Content Centers focus on specific areas of expertise. These centers supply research-based information and products in their specific area that regional centers use when working with state educational agencies (SEAs).

Regional Comprehensive Centers

Regional Centers provide frontline assistance to states to help them implement the ESEA other related federal school improvement programs and help increase the capacity of states to assist their districts and schools. Regional Centers are embedded in their regions and are responsible for developing strong relationships and partnerships within their regional communities.

Content Centers

Together, seven Content Centers cover a spectrum of school improvement and technical assistance areas. Each of them is responsible for providing in-depth knowledge, expertise, and analyses in their focal areas to Regional Centers and the states they serve. Content Centers disseminate information about scientifically based research on effective practice and research-based products in their area of specialty. They also provide expertise that Regional Centers can use in delivering technical assistance to states. The other six Content Centers are:

Education Resource Strategies

Education Resource Strategies has a goal is to change the way people, time, and money are used in urban education so that all students receive the support they need to succeed. Their mission is to be a catalyst for positive change by helping educational leaders rethink how they use system- and school-level resources—people, time, and money—to support strategies for improved instruction and performance.

Equity Assistance Centers

Equity Assistance Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide technical assistance and training, upon request, in the areas of race, sex, and national origin, to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable educational opportunities. The centers work in the areas of civil rights, equity, and school reform. This assistance helps schools and communities ensure that equitable educational opportunities are available and accessible for all children.

National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST)

The Center’s mission is to help urban school districts and their partners transform schools into places where all students achieve academic proficiency, experience a love of learning, and graduate well prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, the workplace, and the community.

National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL)

The NCTL is dedicated to expanding learning time to improve student achievement and enable a well-rounded education. Through research, public policy, and technical assistance, the Center supports national, state, and local initiatives that add significantly more school time for academic and enrichment opportunities to help children meet the demands of the 21st century.

Mass Insight Education

Mass Insight Education is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by turning around our country’s lowest performing schools. They have become a leader in education reform and, more recently, a provider of research and strategic consulting services nationally.

Public Impact

Public Impact’s mission is to dramatically improve learning outcomes for all children in the U.S., with a special focus on students who are not served well. Public Impact includes researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, on-the-ground consultants, and former educators who work with leading educational reformers.

School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC)

This U.S. Department of Education (ED)-funded project provides one-stop access to turnaround resources, and promotes and facilitates sharing across states and districts to deepen learning over time. The STLC provides focused groups that offer webinars, discussions created by and for users; resources, including a resource library on relevant topics; and a member search to enable educators to find and interact with others who have similar roles. The Center will work closely with the STLC and coordinate the information that is disseminated.

Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN)

The primary goal of TURN is to create new union models that can take the lead in building and sustaining effective schools for all students. Because teachers are closest to students and the learning process, and because of the link to parents and the larger communities, teachers are in a unique position to promote the necessary changes.

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program

REL serves the educational needs of a designated region by providing access to high-quality, scientifically valid educational research through applied research and development projects, studies, and other related technical assistance activities. The U.S. Department of Education funds REL.

Regional Resource Center Program

The Regional Resource Center Program is funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to assist state education agencies in improving education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. Through the RRC Program, the individual RRCs work collaboratively to help states and U.S. jurisdictions identify and address issues both within and across regions, as well as nationally.