The Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) serves SEAs in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Our key objective is to provide high-quality, relevant, and useful technical assistance that enhances specific SEA capacities to undertake state education reforms successfully, support district and school implementation of reforms, and maintain effectiveness once our services are complete.
To achieve this objective, we offer an approach to delivering state-of-the-art technical assistance aligned with the work of Content Centers that focuses on building SEA capacity to undertake key initiatives and to support districts and schools throughout implementation—with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes.
The assistance we provide to SEAs in the Appalachian region weaves together opportunities to enhance substantive knowledge and skill around key state reforms and opportunities to build sustainable organizational strength. We use the best available research and evidence of emerging promising practices to design services, and our technical assistance coordination strategies enable us to offer support that maximizes existing knowledge bases and resources, while reducing duplicative efforts.
How are we doing in meeting our key objective? Each year the ARCC conducts an annual evaluation of our work. More than 90 percent of our state clients report that they are better prepared to help local districts improve their education systems as a result of partnering with the ARCC. One client described their ARCC technical assistance staff as a "systems whisperer," who has helped the state department understand and acquire the capacity to conduct systems improvement in new ways. For more details, see the ARCC infographic.