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Dr. Anthony J. Marchese of ICF International interviews Dr. Sharon Harsh and Dr. Carl Harris of the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) about the deeper dimensions of capacity-building within educational organizations including the psychology of capacity building.

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As school systems across the country recommit themselves to ensuring college and career readiness and success, they must rely on districts to translate federal and state policies into the local context. This brief from the College and Career Readiness and Success Center builds upon recommendations from a 2009 Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Practice Guide that describes evidence-based practices that promote postsecondary access for high school students. While the IES recommendations are relevant for schools, this brief points to the important role that districts play in ensuring schools have the resources to provide students access to a coherent set of activities that support their college and career goals. This brief focuses on three large school districts that have initiated district-wide, systemic approaches to college and career readiness and success. The snapshots provide examples of opportunities to scale up the practices recommended in the IES Practice Guide.

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Local-level change is becoming increasingly important to school reform efforts, yet many local school improvement efforts are never fully implemented.  This toolkit, produced by The Center on School Turnaround, combines a powerful framework for school turnaround with the human side of change.  It focuses on capacity and efforts to engage stakeholders across the system to support rapid improvement, and is intended to support states, districts, and schools in their efforts to improve schools. 

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This tool from the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders will help you identify key audiences and messengers and effective communication strategies, develop key messages, establish a project management plan for communications, and monitor the effectiveness of your internal and external communications.

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Use this tool from the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders to assess coherence across state policies and programs and determine if the processes of implementing these policies and programs are aligned with respect to funding streams, roles and responsibilities, data management, and internal and external communications.  This tool also includes charts to track alignment. 

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Start the process of implementation with the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders' step-by-step tool designed to support you wherever you are in the implementation process. Use this resource to assess community awareness about your equity plan, identify a project leader and team to implement your equity plan strategies, assess current levels of implementation, clarify leading indicators of success, create a project management plan, and act on the plan.