Region 1 Comprehensive Center provides technical assistance to SEAs in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Region 1 Comprehensive Center is part of a network of centers that focus on building the capacity of SEAs to develop, design, and implement strategies that improve educational outcomes for students.
Our partners in Maine are focused on fostering a culture of educational innovation and building state capacity to address persistent educational challenges with new ways of thinking. The Maine Dept of Ed seeks to address the complex and evolving needs of students by reimagining their current educational pathways and applying innovative thinking strategies to support all students in achieving their education and workforce goals The Region 1 team is supporting MEDOE with these redesign efforts by identifying the root causes for this challenge, developing a multi-year redesign work plan, and launching pilot interventions across the state to understand which practices work best in different contexts. This context-driven, locally focused, and innovative approach will be particularly important for Maine’s rural communities to address issues of declining populations and loss of economic opportunities.
Our partners in Massachusetts are focused on improving practice in literacy instruction in Grades K–3 as a mechanism for addressing declining reading scores and consistent gaps in academic achievement for students from low-income households, students of color, and other historically disadvantaged student groups. Lack of alignment between current literacy instructional practices and evidence-based practices may be contributing to declining reading scores and literacy achievement gaps. The Region 1 team is supporting Massachusetts’s efforts to strengthen the fundamental building blocks of educational success through growing a cohort of district staff, educators, literacy coaches, and school leaders with expertise in identifying and implementing evidence-based early literacy strategies.
Our partners in New Hampshire are focused on building an educational system that prepares students for future careers in a growing and changing workforce. These efforts are driven by a vision for education that is grounded in the core values of emphasizing personalized learning opportunities; supporting educators; using local innovation as a driver of change; and developing an integrated learning system across early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce development. The Region 1 team is supporting New Hampshire’s efforts to address gaps between workforce needs and postsecondary preparation in the state, particularly in low-income communities.
Our partners in Vermont are focused on implementing cradle-to-career initiatives aimed at bolstering the opportunities and readiness of students to access workforce and economic development efforts. Vermont has experienced decreasing birth rates and increasing out-migration, resulting in a steady decline of the state’s overall population. The state is addressing these needs through a range of cradle-to-career initiatives designed to improve educational outcomes for students through increasing student opportunity and incentivizing economic investments. The Region 1 team is supporting Vermont’s efforts through an analysis of the existing program landscape to help Vermont state education leaders, policymakers, and district leaders better understand the resources, supports, opportunities, and barriers influencing students’ educational experiences. These efforts will also support state and local stakeholders in thinking beyond traditional boundaries to develop action plans that align with local priorities and leverage regional assets.