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Momentum: A Newsletter of the ARCC
March 2014
In This Issue
Rural Districts
Teacher Data Literacy
Early Education Center

Resources and Opportunities   


How can SEAs support school turnaround, and what evidence suggests such strategies are effective? The Center on School Turnaround addresses these questions in a new resource,

The State Role in School Turnaround: Emerging Best Practices.


The Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia will facilitate a webinar on March 27 at 4:00 pm (ET) entitled What Is Student Engagement and How Do We Measure It? Register here!


Looking for ways to build strong early education partnerships in your state? Check out our new compendium of tools and reports that support advocacy efforts for early childhood education.

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Editor: Caitlin Howley




From collaborating with state education agencies (SEAs) to co-hosting webinars with other technical assistance providers on issues of priority, the ARCC is committed to working "shoulder-to-shoulder" (as our Director puts it) with education leaders in ways that enhance and accelerate the important efforts they are pursuing. In this issue, we focus on collaborations for rural district capacity, teacher data literacy, and early childhood education. Happy reading...and happy Spring!
Appalachian States Seek Ways to Support Rural Districts and Schools
Kimberly Hambrick
Kimberly Hambrick, ARCC Principal in Charge, facilitates a rural stakeholder group in Kentucky
SEAs in the four Appalachian states support large proportions of schools in rural locales, ranging from a low of 36% in Virginia to a high of 53% in West Virginia.
Despite their many strengths (such as strong school-community connections), rural schools and districts can face considerable capacity challenges. In addition to facilitating a rural webinar series last summer, ARCC staff are launching collaborations with SEAs and other stakeholders in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia to build the capacity of their rural districts and divisions to implement new reforms. Stay tuned for more information from these exciting new efforts!

Teacher Data Literacy in Appalachia


The ARCC and the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC) recently facilitated a webinar on data literacy and why it is and important educator skill; recent ratings of teacher preparation and teacher quality in the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian regions; and the role of higher education and licensure agencies in enhancing data literacy. Presenters included

  • Ellen Mandinach, national expert, frequent consultant to states on data uses to improve education, an author of Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Data-Driven Decision Making                    
  • Edith Gummer, WestEd senior researcher, National Science Foundation program officer, and expert on use of data to improve instruction through formative assessments
  • Janice Poda, Strategic Initiative Director for the Council of Chief State School Officers leading the 2-year pilot of seven states transforming educator preparation and entry systems to the profession and author of the report, Our Responsibility, Our Promise - Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession
  • Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Delaware and leader of foundation-supported research on teachers' use of data

View the archived webinar to learn more!

 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. This quarter, we introduce you to the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). CEELO is guided by five goals:
  • Improve states' knowledge about and use of early childhood comprehensive assessment systems
  • Enhance the use of assessment data and other information to improve program quality
  • Increase the knowledge and skills of the early learning workforce
  • Strengthen the alignment of birth through 3rd grade educational policies and systems
  • Increase the coordination of resources and policies across statewide systems
To accomplish these objectives, CEELO offers workshops, learning communities, research-based resources, national roundtables, and conferences. Visit the Center's website for more information about CEELO services and products!
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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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