Methodologies

How We Do the Work

The WCC provides responsive and effective technical assistance that helps state education agencies strengthen their ability to:

  • establish organizational structures and performance management systems that support key initiatives;
  • use those structures and systems to ensure that districts and schools are provided with high-quality services and supports;
  • scale up innovative and effective strategies in districts and schools;
  • implement a continuum of supports and interventions to address the specific and varying needs of districts and schools; and
  • lead and sustain educational reform efforts.

The West Comprehensive Center and WestEd

In carrying out its work, the WCC profits from the experience and expertise of its parent organization, WestEd, which has operated comprehensive centers for many years. A nonprofit, nonpartisan research, development and service agency, WestEd works at all levels, from local to international, to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning and development for children, youth and adults. Its staff of more than 500 represents deep knowledge in a broad range of education- and human development-related content and process areas as well as research methodology and policy analysis, all of which is available to the West Comprehensive Center in its work with states. More information about WestEd is available at www.wested.org.

Strategies

Ensure the Leadership, Commitment, and Involvement of Chief State School Officers

The WCC meets with each chief state school officer and his or her respective leadership teams at least twice a year to discuss key state initiatives, SEA priorities, and the state’s work plan.

Identify Relevant Research and Expertise

The WCC identifies and accesses relevant leading-edge research and expertise tied directly to each SEA annual work plan.

Convene Regional Communities of Practice

The WCC brings the states together through regional communities of practice to share approaches, resources, lessons, and results in areas of common concern.

Provide State-Specific TA

The WCC offers state-specific technical assistance, either as a follow-up to regional work or to address specific state needs.

Partner and Collaborate

The WCC partners with Content Centers, other Comprehensive Centers, Regional Educational Laboratories, and other TA providers to coordinate, leverage and maximize available resources.