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State education agencies (SEAs) have been shifting over the past two decades to become catalysts for change and innovation rather than compliance-driven bureaucracies. For this shift to be successful, SEAs must reconsider their roles as well as their typical processes for carrying out those roles.

Additionally, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) put more autonomy and responsibility in the hands of SEAs, governors, legislators, and state boards of education. States that are leading the way are embracing:

  • strategic planning and performance management approaches to organizing their work,
  • strategic communication initiatives to galvanize support, and
  • strategic funding and transparent reporting of all federal, state, and local resources.

Strategic Communications: Navigating Policy and Politics in a Competing Information Environment

The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, Central Comprehensive Center, Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, Midwest Comprehensive Center, Northwest Comprehensive Center, South Central Comprehensive Center, and Southeast Comprehensive Center are hosting a convention on Strategic Communications on July 1-2, 2015, in Denver Colorado. The purposes of the convening are the following:

  • Frame the communication process as a critical strategy to accomplish agency priorities and major initiatives.
  • Share best practices regarding alignment of agency-wide communications processes to state education agency (SEA) strategic goals.
  • Connect SEA teams with national education, government, and private sector experts who can provide clear steps and facilitate discussions on how to create, implement, and institutionalize a strategic communications approach.
  • Provide tools for SEA leadership teams to use when developing and implementing strategic communications plans.
  • Identify technical assistance needs of SEA leadership teams in developing and implementing strategic communications plans, and in incorporating best practices into them.

4th Annual C3/SC3 Regional Advisory Boards

This year the focus topic for the meeting is Changing Rules, Changing Roles, and focuses on the changes in curriculum content, educator effectiveness, and state accountability and assessment brought about by the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

In preparation for the 4th Annual C3 and SC3 Regional Advisory Board meetings, which is being conducted in a virtual format, a packet of informational materials is available to RAB members and participants to assist them in gaining a working knowledge of the specific ESSA topics to be discussed during the meeting.


News and Updates

Kansas Governor’s Education Council Meeting

The Central Comprehensive Center Kansas Technical Assistance Liaison supports the Kansas State Department of Education in developing industry specific learning goals at the Governor’s Education Council meeting on June 26, 2018.

The Kansans CAN Vision through Strategic Performance Management

“Kansas leads the world in the success of each student,” is the vision for education set by the Kansas
State Department of Education (KSDE) in its Kansans CAN initiative. To achieve this vision, KSDE Commissioner Randy Watson called on the Central Comprehensive Center (C3) at the University of Oklahoma to help develop a strategic plan of action.

C3 Projects Update (Dec. 2017)

C3's recent work is highlighted on Strategic Performance Management in Kansas and English Language Development in Missouri.

C3 Project Update (Dec. 2016)

Missouri CTE State Funding Formula Revision.

SC3 Projects Update (Dec. 2016)

Strategic Performance Management in Arkansas

SEA Strategic Communications Collaborative

As part of a broader strategic communications initiative, C3 and SC3 facilitated a convening with the collaborative members, centers, and SEAs on July 1-2, 2015, entitled, “Strategic Communication: Navigating Policy and Politics in a Competing Information Environment.”

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