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Momentum: A Newsletter of the ARCC
June 2013
In This Issue
Upcoming Webinar
New Resources
Building Professional Capacity
To Support and Assist
Great Teachers and Leaders

Webinar: Beginning Capacity Building Assessment   


Building your state education agency's (SEA) capacity is challenging, recursive, and long-term work. Understanding which capacities your teams possess and which ones are needed, and figuring out how to gauge progress toward building these capacities, can also be taxing. During this webinar, our panel will describe one model for characterizing SEA capacity, with a focus on foundational capacities--that is, human, material, organizational, and structural capacities. This free webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Register for the webinar here!

New Resources and Opportunities   


Do you have a research question about the districts and schools you support? Explore how you might answer it in partnership with REL Appalachia.


What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?, a study by the National Center on Education and the Economy, examines the math and English literacy skills needed to do well in the first year of community college.

If you are a data coordinator, consider attending the US Department of Education's 2013 Summer Data Conference, July 15-19 in Washington, DC. There is no fee to attend.

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Editor: Caitlin Howley




Summer is an especially busy season for state education agencies (SEAs), but we hope you take some time for your own professional growth. In this issue are a variety of resources and learning opportunities that may help you do just that!
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Building Professional Capacity 

John Ross
ARCC Technical Assistance Specialist, John Ross
By John Ross
In their book Professional Capital, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan explore a homegrown version of capacity building: developing the professional capital of the educators in your own schools or districts. A recent webinar hosted by staff of the ARCC examined how state education agencies might leverage the concept of professonal capital in their work with district and school staff. Read more here or listen to the webinar here on our YouTube channel.
To Support and Assist
ARCC Director, Sharon Harsh
ARCC staff will appear on the West Virginia public television show ICF Insights throughout the year to discuss education issues in the Appalachian region and various strategies for addressing them. In this excerpt from a recent segment, Kentucky State Coordinator Tony Marchese interviewed Sharon Harsh about the difference between capability and capacity, and the importance of ongoing capacity building for even high performers.
Great Teachers and Leaders                    The Comprehensive Center network is augmented by seven Content Centers, which provide resources, tools, and training to regional centers and states. Each Content Center specializes in a key area of reform, from early childhood learning to college and career readiness and success. This month, we introduce you to the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders. Check out upcoming webinars, resources for supporting new teachers, and tools for making staff evaluation more meaningful--and many other useful products--at the Center's website!
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ICF International operates the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC). One of 15 regional centers, the ARCC provides capacity-building technical assistance to state education agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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