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The purpose of the Race to the Top (RTT) SEA Capacity Building Work Stream is to strengthen the organizational capacity of SEAs by supporting their ability to implement and sustain their proposed Race to the Top reforms over time [PDF, 579KB] .
To accomplish its purpose, the SEA Capacity Building work stream seeks to support SEAs in:
- Sharpening and defining their roles as they balance compliance and support;
- Building system capacity and alignment, specifically in the SEA and local educational agency (LEA) relationship, ensuring that resources such as finances, data stems and personnel support reform goals; and
- Delivering on their reform goals over time, ensuring that priorities such as equitable distribution of teachers, development and/or choice of high quality instructional materials and closing of the student achievement gap are realized.
The SEA Capacity Building work stream pursues its work through three interconnected topics:
- Performance Management
- Expanded System Capacity
SEA Capacity Building Working Groups
New York & Ohio Regional Delivery Structures
The State Education Agency (SEA) Capacity Building work stream has been assisting New York and Ohio in reviewing and refining their regional delivery structures to better support implementation and monitoring of Race to the Top initiatives.
The New York Team has been focused on developing metrics, rubrics, survey instruments and delivery chains to evaluate how implementation is being rolled out, received and utilized as information and resources move between State, region, District and School levels. In Ohio, the RSN conducted a review and analysis of the State's Race to the Top regional delivery structure and offered recommendations for building on a strong foundation and using data more strategically to guide State and regional supports to Districts and Schools.
New York and Ohio have also participated in joint calls to compare their regional delivery initiatives and Ohio attended the November Network Team Institute training in Albany, meeting with NY Race to the Top leaders and observing sessions devoted to curriculum modules being developed in New York. As this working group concludes in the spring, the RSN will publish multiple materials and host a webinar to share tools and processes that these states have found to be effective in leveraging regional delivery systems to support Race to the Top initiatives.
For further information about the SEA Capacity Building Work Stream, contact Jamila Smith at the U.S. Department of Education, Jamila.Smith@ed.gov