Impact Stories

 

How do we know we’re making an impact? The CCNetwork’s Impact Stories illustrate the results of our work by celebrating ingenuity and collaboration and highlighting moments that sparked change in education. Written by National Comprehensive Center and Regional Comprehensive Center staff, these stories detail key strategies, important lessons, and promising solutions emerging from the CCNetwork's work with SEAs and LEAs across the country. We also share success stories of CCSSO members here as well to elevate additional examples of ways states and jurisdictions are making an impact in education. Filter by topic, Center, or state/jurisdiction to gain new ideas and to cheer for the great work happening in your area.

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Impact Stories
The National Comprehensive Center brought together state education agency teams to function as Communities of Practice to focus on critical educational issues related to equity, out-of-school time programming, and use of American Rescue Plan funds.
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  • Topic(s): Accelerated Learning/Tutoring, Summer and Out-of-School Time
  • Topic(s): Summer & Out-of-School Time, Teaching & Learning, College & Career Preparation, Mathematics/STEM/Computer Science
  • State: Ohio
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
  • Topic(s): Accelerated Learning/Tutoring
  • Topic(s): Teaching & Learning, Accelerated Learning/Tutoring, Literacy, Mathematics/STEM/Computer Science
  • State: Louisiana
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
Alabama Students and Teachers Are Excited to be Back in the Classroom
Test results show students are recovering academically after the pandemic and are on the right path, moving forward.
  • Topic(s): Teaching & Learning, Accelerated Learning/Tutoring
  • State(s): Alabama
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
Rekindling Curiosity Program Makes Camp Affordable to Every Student in New Hampshire
Every student in New Hampshire can run, play, and have fun at camp during the summer thanks to the Rekindling Curiosity Program.
  • Topic(s): Summer & Out-of-School Time
  • State(s): New Hampshire
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
  • Topic(s): Accelerated Learning/Tutoring
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Teaching & Learning, Assessment
  • State: Colorado
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
Flexibility with Relief Funds Allows Washington Districts to Succeed
Thanks to financial flexibility, districts have been able to address unique needs like food insecurity and Wi-Fi hotspots, which has led to higher attendance rates and learning recovery.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Pandemic Relief/ESSER Funds, SEA Operations & Performance Management
  • State(s): Washington
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
  • Topic(s): Recruitment, Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Pandemic Relief/ESSER Funds, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Mathematics/STEM/Computer Science
  • State: North Dakota
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
North Carolina Leads the Nation in K–3 Literacy
The end of the year reading diagnostic data revealed North Carolina K–3 students were outpacing the rest of the nation thanks to efforts made with COVID relief funds.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Pandemic Relief/ESSER Funds, SEA Operations & Performance Management
  • State(s): North Carolina
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
Oregon Addresses Broad Spectrum of Needs, Including Well-Being Services
Oregon’s state education agency directed funds to three key needs: physical and mental health services, transitions for incoming kindergarteners, and post-pandemic revitalization in Tribal nations.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Specific Population Groups, American Indian/Alaska Native, Student & Staff Well-Being
  • State(s): Oregon
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
Grow Your Own Recruitment Programs Quadruple in Missouri Districts
Local teacher recruitment efforts have been a focus in Missouri for more than 5 years. COVID relief funds brought the model to hundreds more districts across the state.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Pandemic Relief/ESSER Funds, SEA Operations & Performance Management
  • State(s): Missouri
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
  • Topic(s): SEA Operations and Performance Management, Summer and Out-of-School Time, Social-Emotional Learning
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Pandemic Relief/ESSER Funds, Student & Staff Well-Being
  • State: West Virginia
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
Hawaii's Students Achieve Academic Gains Across Core Subjects
Hawaii’s state education superintendent sees the benefits of the state’s return to in-person learning.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, SEA Operations & Performance Management, Specific Population Groups, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander
  • State(s): Hawaii
  • Center or Affiliate: CCSSO
2023
The Southwest Rallies for Rural Education Through Community of Practice
Rural schools face unique and complex challenges and opportunities specific to rural context. Recognizing this, the Region 15 Comprehensive Center has designed and facilitates a Community of Practice (CoP) that is focused specifically on rural education in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. The goals of the CoP are to share information, build trusting and supportive networks, and co-construct systemic solutions to address the challenges facing education in rural settings.
  • Topic(s): Specific Population Groups, Rural & Remote
  • State(s): Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 15 Comprehensive Center
2023
Indiana’s GYO Program Addresses All-Time High Teacher Shortage
With 96% of districts reporting a shortage of educators, the Indiana Department of Education established a Grow Your Own program by recruiting high school students interested in the profession. A pilot helped state leaders identify and overcome challenges, paving the way for statewide expansion. The state looked to the Region 8 Comprehensive Center to coach department staff on effective recruitment and retention strategies and deliver mentor training to 60 teachers working with participants.
  • Topic(s): Education Workforce, Preparation & Licensure, Professional Development, Recruitment
  • State(s): Indiana
  • Center or Affiliate: Region 8 Comprehensive Center
2023
National Center Forms Communities of Practice to Tackle Education’s Biggest Post-Pandemic Challenges
The National Comprehensive Center brought together state education agency teams to function as Communities of Practice to focus on critical educational issues related to equity, out-of-school time programming, and use of American Rescue Plan funds.
  • Topic(s): Education Systems & Federal Requirements, Financial Management, School Improvement, Equity in Education, Summer & Out-of-School Time
  • Center or Affiliate: National Comprehensive Center