OESE Technical Assistance Centers

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) supports numerous technical assistance providers, including technical assistance networks, the Comprehensive Centers and other national centers to provide content expertise, evidence-based tools and resources, and direct support to effectively address State and local grantee needs and assist with implementation of federal programs across key program areas.

On this page, you will find descriptions of each Center, the services it provides, and where to find more information. Click the Center names to visit Center websites and learn more about the resources and supports available

Comprehensive Centers

The Comprehensive Center Network includes 19 Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) and one National Center that provide capacity-building services to State educational agencies (SEAs), regional educational agencies (REAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction. To learn more about support available in your region and to explore resources, visit the Comprehensive Center Network website.

Equity Assistance Centers 

Equity Assistance Centers provide technical assistance and training, upon request, in the areas of race, sex, national origin, and religion to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable education opportunities. The four regional Equity Assistance Centers work in the areas of civil rights, equity, and school reform. This assistance helps schools and communities ensure that equitable education opportunities are available and accessible for all children. Visit each Center’s site to find more information about EAC services and to request support:

  • Region I: Center for Education Equity
    Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia.
  • Region II: EAC-South
    Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.
  • Region IV: Western Educational EAC
    Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

State Support Network

The State Support Network is a technical assistance initiative designed to support state and district school improvement efforts. Use this site to find valuable resources, engage with peers and experts in communities of practice, and stay updated and informed with the latest news and content to assist you in supporting state and district school improvement efforts.

National Student Attendance, Engagement and Success Center (NSAES)

The National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center (NSAESC) provides technical assistance that builds State and local capacity to reduce chronic absenteeism. Currently, the Center is facilitating needs sensing activities that explore how States engage with issues related to chronic absenteeism; leverage and align existing resources and technical assistance providers; and identify what technical assistance is currently offered. This will inform future contract efforts to provide additional subject matter expertise and technical assistance. To request support, or for more information, please contact the Center at nsaescenter@insightpolicyresearch.com.

Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety

The Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center) provides technical assistance to support States and districts in the implementation of social and emotional learning evidence-based programs and practices. The SEL Center’s mission is to build State and local capacity to integrate evidence-based social and emotional learning and school safety strategies and practices into K-12 programming through a three-tiered technical assistance approach: general technical assistance though its website; targeted technical assistance through facilitated networks and practices; and intensive technical assistance through extended partnerships with States and districts. The Center works with State educational agencies (SEAs) to enhance their capacity to support their local educational agencies (LEAs) and with LEAs to support their schools.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) offers information and technical assistance to States, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving school climate and conditions for learning. NCSSLE believes that with the right resources and support, educational stakeholders can collaborate to sustain safe, engaging and healthy school environments that support student academic success.

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to improve the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework. The PBIS TA Center (a) provides the technical assistance to encourage large-scale implementation of PBIS; (b) provides the organizational models, demonstrations, dissemination, and evaluation tools needed to implement PBIS with greater depth and fidelity across an extended array of contexts; and (c) extends the lessons learned from PBIS implementation to the broader agenda of educational reform.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

The REMS TA Center’s primary goal is to support schools, districts, and institutions of higher education in school emergency management and planning, including the development and implementation of comprehensive, all-hazards, high-quality emergency operations plans.  The REMS TA Center disseminates information about school emergency management and planning to help school communities learn more about developing, implementing, and revising high-quality emergency operations plans.  In addition, the REMS TA Center helps OSSS coordinate technical assistance meetings and share school emergency management and planning information, and responds to direct requests for technical assistance and training.

The Title IV, Part A Center (T4PA Center)

The Title IV Part A Program addresses the needs of the Title IV-A State Coordinators and collaborates with federal partners and other organizations to help facilitate the Departments goals for program success. The T4PA Center provides State education agencies (SEAs) with dedicated support for implementing the Title IV, Part A (Title IV-A) Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program as reauthorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015. It develops high quality resources, information, and training aligned with the three priority content areas of the program—providing a well-rounded education, improving the safety and health of students, and effectively using technology—tailored to the needs of the Title IV, Part A State coordinators and provides access to national subject matter experts and targeted support.

The National Center for Homeless Education

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is a technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support the implementation of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) grant program. NCHE provides technical assistance and support to State coordinators, school district liaisons, families experiencing homelessness, and other stakeholders and partners.  NCHE’s website features a comprehensive suite of technical assistance resources, EHCY program data, and contact information for State- and district-level practitioners from across the country.

The Neglected or Delinquent Education Technical Assistance Center

The Neglected or Delinquent Education Technical Assistance Center (NDTAC) is a technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support the implementation of the Title I, Part D Neglected and Delinquent formula grant program.  NDTAC provides direct support to State Coordinators for the Title I, Part D program; State and local agency education directors and grant contacts; and communities and families.  NDTAC’s website features resources and data designed to improve education services for children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at risk.

Youth for Youth: Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The focus of Youth for Youth (Y4Y) is on learning and professional development for every staff member at every level of 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs. The Y4Y technical assistance (TA) Team provides targeted on-site and virtual TA trainings to 21st CCLC programs in all states and territories. The Y4Y online professional learning portal includes online courses and free resources for all 21st CCLC program needs.

National Charter Schools Resource Center

The National Charter Schools Resource Center (NCSRC) is dedicated to helping charter schools reach their aspirations and furthering understanding of charter schools. To meet those goals, NCSRC offers a diverse selection of resources on every aspect of the charter school sector.

Other Department-funded Technical Assistance Centers

Regional Educational Laboratories

The ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs), administered by the Institute of Education Sciences’ (IES) National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and other educational stakeholders to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. For more information and resources from the RELs, visit the IES website here.

  • REL Appalachia: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, & West Virginia
  • REL Central: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, & Wyoming
  • REL Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, & Washington, DC
  • REL Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, & Wisconsin
  • REL Northeast and Islands: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, & the Virgin Islands
  • REL Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, & Washington
  • REL Pacific: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), Guam, Hawai’i, Republic of the Marshall Islands, & Republic of Palau
  • REL Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, & South Carolina
  • REL Southwest: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, & Texas
  • REL West: Arizona, California, Nevada, & Utah

Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance Centers

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. To support this mission, OSEP distributes discretionary grants to support personnel development, technical assistance and dissemination, technology, media and materials, and parent-training and information centers. OSEP funds over 50 centers to provide a diverse range of services and supports to special education stakeholders. These centers provide technical assistance (TA) services to families, schools, districts, and States.

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Last Modified: 08/30/2020