The Region 9 Comprehensive Center provides intensive capacity-building services to state education agencies and other education stakeholders in Illinois and Iowa. We help the states, districts, and schools in our region successfully identify, implement, and sustain evidence-based programs and practices, with the goal of improving outcomes for educators and students alike. This work supports states in the implementation of their Every Student Succeeds Act and strategic plans.
R9CC is collaborating with ISBE to support the development of a 5-year plan for the IL-EMPOWER School Improvement Process that aligns to ISBE’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and the State’s ESSA plan. R9CC is continuing to support the development of a learning series for school leaders, identifying strategies to support continuous improvement across departments, and supporting newly hired IECs and the Director of IL-EMPOWER with onboarding staff.
R9CC is working with ISBE to finalize and disseminate geographic information system (GIS) maps to assess current initiatives to address educator shortages. R9CC and ISBE will use the maps to better understand factors that may be affecting educator shortages and teacher diversity gaps in Illinois.
R9CC is supporting ISBE's Office of Safe and Healthy Climate to align strategic documents to support cross-department alignment, gather and analyze data on available mental health support across the state and wellness-related outcomes using GIS technology, supporting the planning and use of the GIS map and providing consultation for social and emotional learning implementation across Illinois.
R9CC is working with ISBE to support the development, implementation, and monitoring of a state- and district-led approach to resource allocation reviews (RARs) that provide scaffolded support to schools or districts based on the number of schools within a district identified as needing improvement.
R9CC will build upon the summer 2023 work with ISBE to facilitate training and coaching sessions on strength-based development and strategies to assist in the effort to create cross-organizational collaboration and effective leadership and management. R9CC will conduct assessments of the leadership team’s strengths, facilitate in-person and virtual team meetings and workshops, administer CliftonStrengths assessment for executive directors and directors, and provide individual coaching sessions for executive cabinet members.
R9CC is collaborating with state and district leaders in Iowa to plan and facilitate a Community of Practice (CoP) for school district leaders focused on effective implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs and promising practices supported with ARP ESSER funds.
R9CC is collaborating with IDE to review their existing district needs assessment process and training materials and gather research on other states’ needs assessment processes. R9CC will also conduct interviews with AEAs and school districts across the state regarding their needs assessment process to determine strengths and areas of improvement.
R9CC is working with ISBE to conduct listening sessions and focus groups to support the collection and analysis of feedback on their newly developed literacy plan. R9CC plans to review and provide subject matter feedback on the literacy plan's second draft and determine other supports as needed over the course of the project.
R9CC will support ISBE's Department of District and School Leadership to build a department workplan that aligns with ISBE's strategic plan and support ongoing work to grow a diverse leadership pipeline across Illinois. R9CC will also develop a program profile for the department and support the department in building capacity to plan for and conduct program evaluations for current and future programs designed to support recruitment and retention of diverse leaders.