Office of the Superintendent

Education Northwest Wins Comprehensive Center Contract to Serve Montana

Monday, October 29, 2012, 3:59 pm

Education Northwest has been named one of 15 regional centers around the country that will provide high-impact training and technical assistance to state education agencies. The 5-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will continue funding the Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center (NWRCC), which Education Northwest has operated since 1996. NWRCC serves Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington with a focus on educator effectiveness, school improvement, and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation. 

As Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pointed out, NWRCC and the nation’s network of comprehensive centers "will help low-performing schools and districts close the achievement gap. They provide valuable support of the Administration's P–12 initiatives to ensure that every child is able to receive a high-quality education."

In its 16-year history of providing NWRCC services, Education Northwest has established strong partnerships with SEA leaders and staff. According to Superintendent Denise Juneau of the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI), NWRCC has "demonstrated extensive knowledge of and commitment to helping our staff build their capacity to develop and implement state-level initiatives and support school-level initiatives to improve educational outcomes for all students." This included helping to implement key provisions of the Graduation Matters Montana program, working with OPI staff to analyze data related to the state’s Indian Education initiative, and documenting lessons learned from the Schools of Promise program.

In the coming year, NWRCC specialists will work with OPI to meet a variety of needs, including continuing to implement the Graduation Matters Montana initiative. In addition, NWRCC will lead two regional projects:

Helping SEAs develop the capacity to implement and monitor large-scale initiatives (an effort that will involve Dean Fixsen and the National Implementation Research Network)

        Establishing Rural School-to-School Networked Communities to identify and implement innovative approaches to improving student outcomes in rural, remote schools with a variety of special populations (to be developed with two international experts, Andy Hargreaves and Alma Harris)

Director Danette Parsley stated, "We look forward to providing our states with the top-quality training and technical assistance they’ve appreciated from us in the past and working collaboratively in the future to improve student outcomes."

Education Northwest, which operates the NWRCC, is a nonprofit dedicated to creating strong schools and communities through research, training and technical assistance, and evaluation.

For more information, contact Rhonda Barton, 503.275.9500