Momentum : A Newsletter of the ARCC             March 2018
You can always count on spring to bring change. Our associate director, Kimberly Hambrick, has decided to resign from the ARCC to pursue new opportunities. Dr. Hambrick's contributions to the ARCC are incalculable, and we will miss her very much. We wish her all the best in this next chapter of her life!

Welcoming Jobi Lawrence!

We are delighted to announce that Jobi Lawrence will become ARCC Associate Director and Kentucky State Coordinator, effective March 19. Reflecting on her new role,  Dr. Lawrence said:  "I am honored to be joining the ARCC to provide support and technical assistance to our colleagues in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. I have served as an on-call specialist for the ARCC for the past two years and have been so impressed by the depth and breadth of expertise in the ARCC team. I look forward to our continued collaboration in my new role and to my increased connection with state education agency leaders."

Dr. Lawrence has more than 25 years of experience working with English language learners and at-risk populations through program administration, evaluation, and implementation with educators across the state of Iowa and nationwide.

Tennessee Implements Competency-Based Education Pilot
Tennessee's Competency-Based Education (CBE) Pilot is engaging school teams across the state in a series of four workshops throughout the spring and summer to plan, study, and design implementation plans to launch CBE classrooms in the 2018-19 school year. Other states exploring CBE have begun at the state level with policy changes, but the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) has empowered districts to explore CBE first, and then provide feedback to the state based on their experiences during the pilot. The ARCC is consulting with TDOE to provide a variety of assistance to the department and participating schools and districts.

New Website Search Feature for ESSA Resources

The Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center offers resources on the Every Student Succeeds ACT (ESSA) for policymakers and practitioners, posted on our website at this link . The latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, ESSA offers state education agencies and their stakeholders a new opportunity to design systems that help all students reach their potential. We have recently added new resources, from a variety of public and private organizations, and reorganized so that users can filter resources by these topics: college and career readiness, early learning, English learners, guidance for educators, school improvement, stakeholder engagement and communication, state assessment and accountability, and state planning and authorizing legislation. More to come! 
News of the Region Posted Weekly 

Curious about news from the region? Every week the ARCC posts news affecting education policy, financing, and other developments in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and across the region. Clicking at this link takes you to the "Our Work" page on the ARCC website, and clicking "READ MORE" under "News of the Region" takes you to a page with summaries of current news stories, organized by state, and links to the full stories.
ARCC Publishes West Virginia Guide to Systems Change 

The ARCC recently made public A Guide for Systems Change: Informed by the Office of Early & Elementary Learning's Development of West Virginia's Comprehensive System for Early Learning . The purpose of this guide is to provide tools and direction to state education agency staff teams charged with leading large collaborative groups focused on long-term initiatives. Its development reflects the experiences of the West Virginia Office of Early & Elementary Learning, which created a comprehensive system of support for early learning in West Virginia through a process that stretched from 2012 through 2017. 

ARCC Kicks Off Webinar Series on Appalachian Innovations
In January, the ARCC kicked off its new webinar series with " Math Matters in Pocahontas County, WV," featuring math coach Joanna Burt-Kinderman and math teacher Jennifer Nail, both of Pocahontas County. Burt-Kinderman and Nail began by describing the substantial math achievement gains their students made as a result of math coaching and teachers' efforts to improve their practice.

Publications & Webinars

Looking for data about student outcomes and college-and-career readiness? Seeking guidance for communications? Seeking good ideas about helping districts with teacher mentoring and induction? Learn more about resources on these and other topics. 

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