Technical Assistance Centers
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American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (www.acefacilities.org)
The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities’ (ACEF) guiding mission is to provide facility support, training, and resources to public early childhood, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education on issues related to educational facility planning, design, financing, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance. ACEF provides leadership in educational facilities through the ACEF website, social media, webinars, podcasts, and web-based content delivery lessons. ACEF collects and disseminates the latest research on effective educational facilities practices and develop resources regarding the maintenance of safe, healthy, high performance (green) educational facilities. ACEF services include: an online clearinghouse with facility support by email, phone, or live chat; RSS feed, an online nationally refereed journal, national trainings, on-site facility support visits, distance learning events, and various resource materials.
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center supports all grantees funded under the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program by providing emergency management resources, training, and publications. The TA Center also helps non-grantee local educational authorities (LEAs) and private schools with improving and strengthening their emergency management plans through the provision of resources, responses to technical assistance requests, and facilitation of emergency management for schools training events. The TA Center Web site is available at http://rems.ed.gov. A variety of resources are available on the Web site including Power Point presentations, newsletters, lessons learned documents, and helpful hint publications.
The Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center
The Safe and Supportive Schools Website provides state, district and school administrators, teachers, school support staff, communities and families with resources and support to develop rigorous measurement systems that assess school climate and implement and evaluate programmatic interventions. You are welcome to explore and discover, ask questions, and share your perspective. Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center is operated for U.S. ED’s OSDFS by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in collaboration with Child Trends; The Search Institute; Vision Training Associates; Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; and Decision Information Resources, Inc. In particular, on the Website one can:
- Find out how to get help from the Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center (Center);
- Register for upcoming Center events that feature experts from the field, including Webinars;
- Find high quality products, tools and research by role and topic on the home page’s springboard;
- Refer to the School Climate Survey Compendium of OSHS surveys;
- Learn about other states and what they are doing to measure and improve school climate;
- Read the latest news on school climate issues.