ICF was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to manage the Reform Support Network, which was designed to help states implement sweeping reforms in education policy and practice.
The RSN TA Network aims to build capacity to implement and sustain these reform efforts and achieve dramatic improvements in educational outcomes for all students. ICF will assist grantees in the four RSN targeted areas for improvement: adopting high-quality standards and assessments, developing effective data systems, recruiting and retaining great teachers and leaders, and turning around the lowest-performing schools.
The RSN TA Network works with states to build capacity to implement and sustain reform efforts and achieve dramatic improvements in educational outcomes for all students. The work of the RSN TA Network also identifies and shares promising and effective practices with the field, as well as facilitates collaboration across states and among the many education stakeholders implementing and supporting state reform efforts.
Over the course of the four-year contract, the RSN TA Network team will conduct the following major tasks:
Conduct needs assessments for each RSN grantee to identify individual needs, as well as training and technical assistance priorities
Provide collective (across RSN states) and individual technical assistance on education reform issues to help develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain reform plans and initiatives
Facilitate the development of communities of practice to aid in the exchange of information and the sharing of ideas and resources
Coordinate technical assistance meetings, conferences, and webinars to support RSN states in their education reform efforts
Develop publications and products on key topics, issues, and lessons learned and make information broadly available
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