Regional Centers of Excellence

Regional Centers of Excellence

Phase II: Design Team

Vision: “Leading for Educational Excellence and Equity; Every Day for Every One.”

Purpose and Outcome: “The purpose of the expansion of the Regional Centers of Excellence is to increase the State’s collective impact on student achievement through regional partnerships that provide equitable access and cohesive, coordinated support. The Centers of Excellence will respond to district and school needs and build capacity to improve student outcomes and close achievement gaps.” - Design Team (Phase II Centers of Excellence Expansion)

Process: Potential MDE and regional partners collaborate with RCE coordinator to draft proposal detailing provisions for the components and structure of proposed Center of Excellence and submit it to RCE Oversight Group, led by Deputy Commissioner Montano.

Components: Key aspects or critical elements that will ensure effective functioning of the Centers of Excellence. Initiatives proposed should have provisions for the following:

• Governance – Processes for working together in a responsive manner are clearly established, documented and adhered to.
• Tiered-levels of Support for all Districts/Schools – Supports are provided to districts and schools in an equitable manner based on level of need.
• Sustainability – Mechanisms and resources for ensuring sustained functioning of the practice (such as funding and infrastructure) are in place; it is feasible, includes a provision for professional development (defined materials and content); it includes a continuous improvement cycle.
• Needs Assessment – Support provided is based on the results of ongoing assessment of statewide need evidenced by schools and districts or legislative requirement (law, mandate); aligns with State or Federal priorities; is scientifically verified or evidence-based;
• Data Collection and Management Tool – Utilizes an accessible system of data collection and management is used on a consistent basis to inform decision-making.
• Digital / Technology Statewide System– Ensures equipment and expertise within and between regions and areas is of equal quality, compatible, and effective.
• Theory of Action-Logic Model – Illustrates an explanation of the rationale for the initiative or support, and is used to guide effective functioning and evaluation of the effort.
• Program Evaluation – Provides a clearly defined, data based assessment of the effectiveness of the initiative or the support is established and utilized to inform continuous improvement; and includes measureable goals for both implementation and impact.
• Project/Implementation Plan – Develops and uses clearly defined stage-based guide to detailing the action steps, resources, timelines and persons responsible for all aspects of the work.
• Communication Plan – Relies on a protocol to deliver and receive information to and from key internal and external stakeholders relative to the implementation of the initiative.
• Regional Partnerships – Engages active participation and collaboration of key partners (such as MDE, Center Staff and other partners) fostered to ensure an effective statewide, regional delivery system.

Structure:

• Regional Center Director (administrator): An employee of the fiscal agent grantee; supervises specialists, oversees budget, and manages operations.
• Regional Center Specialists (professional consultants): Individuals who work with or provide services and support to educators in the field
• Regional Center Partner Network: Key contacts from MDE and the partnering organization, including Local Education Agency (LEA) representatives who serve in an advisory role to oversee implementation and provide feedback relative to efforts.
• MDE Division Director (administrator): State-level leader of the division in which the initiative is developed, provides oversight to the implementation of the initiative including personnel, operations and management.
• MDE Cross-Agency Implementation Team (development team): MDE consultants and specialist(s) representing relevant content areas of the initiative who provide guidance on the content and assists with the development of resources, materials and practices used in the Centers as needed.
• MDE Project Coordinator: MDE staff member responsible for the oversight of the particular service or support content offered in the Centers.
• MDE Regional Centers of Excellence Coordinator: MDE staff member responsible for the overall operation of the regional centers and in conjunction with division director supervises center directors.