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Momentum: A Newsletter of the ARCC
December 2012
In This Issue
ICF to Operate ARCC
What We Do
About Our Partners

 ICF to Operate ARCC

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ICF International, a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has been awarded a new grant by the U.S. Department of Education to operate the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) for the next five years. One of 15 regional centers, the ARCC will enhance the capacity of departments of education in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to help their districts and schools meet student achievement goals, close achievement gaps between student subgroups, and improve instructional quality. 



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Editor: Caitlin Howley




Welcome to the inaugural issue of the ARCC newsletter! We hope you find this quarterly publication about our collaborations with state departments of education in the Appalachian region informative and useful. Please feel free to contact us online or by phone (contact information is available on our website).
What We Do 
Kandace Jones
Virginia State Coordinator, Kandace Jones
By Kandace Jones. In this article, we explain how our team will provide capacity-building technical assistance over the next five years. Summarizing the exciting work we will pursue in collaboration with state education agencies in our region, we discuss initiatives that will help states enhance their ability to meet the needs to young learners and college- and career-ready students alike. We look forward to sharing our work with you and welcome your questions and comments along the way! Read more.
About Our Partners 

By Caitlin Howley. An undertaking as complex as the ARCC benefits from collaboration among like-minded partners with complementary knowledge, skills, and perspectives. ICF is pleased to coordinate the ARCC in partnership with RMC Research and the Ron Brown Scholar Program, each of which makes unique and critical contributions to our collective effort. Read more.

Inside the ARCC: Evaluation 
TJ Horwood
ARCC Evaluator, Thomas Horwood
By Thomas Horwood.
We are committed to developing a culture of accountability and continuous improvement within the ARCC by institutionalizing evaluation cycles and feedback loops into our work. Evaluation will ensure that the ARCC continuously improves so that state education agencies receive the highest-quality, most useful and most relevant technical assistance  that will enable them to implement reforms successfully.
Read more here about our evaluation design.