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Additional Information Regarding Technical Assistance


Map of Regional Comprehensive Centers

Focusing on the unique needs of high schools across the country, the National High School Center delivers customized, multi-faceted technical assistance to the 16 Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) and the states they support. The purpose of this assistance is to build regional capacity to help states and districts implement best practices to improve high school performance. To ensure that all students perform to their full potential, our technical assistance work includes a major focus on students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency. Our work includes the following areas:

  • Direct Technical Assistance
    Customized technical assistance (TA) services are developed based on the needs of the Regional Comprehensive Centers and guidelines developed by the National High School Center. The National High School Center has matched each Regional Comprehensive Center with trained and experienced technical assistance liaisons to support needs identification, planning and goal-setting, and ongoing problem solving.
  • Collaborative Projects
    Our customized technical assistance services also include Collaborative Projects. These projects engage particular Regional Comprehensive Centers and other Content Centers and OSEP-funded TA&D centers, as appropriate, to jointly support and promote focused work being done with states related to high school improvement. The projects vary in content, scope, and length of time. The goals for these special projects include not only supporting individual RCCs, but also scaling up to build capacity in other RCCs and states to address similar issues.
  • Learning Communities
    The National High School Center brings together representatives from the Regional Comprehensive Centers, states, practitioners, and national high school experts throughout the year in an effort to provide key stakeholders the opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices and challenges facing high schools on a national level.
  • Summer Institutes
    The National High School Center hosts an annual Summer Institute in Washington, DC, designed specifically for Regional Comprehensive Center staff and the states they serve. Participants have access to leading experts in the field and ample time for collaboration. These forums provide a yearly venue for policy makers, practitioners, and experts to interact around a common agenda specifically focused on the needs of high schools. Based on experiences at the Institute, participants continue to engage with National High School Center staff in an ongoing dialogue to address areas of interest and need. We also offer videos, PowerPoint slides, and resources from the Institutes on the Summer Institute section of our Web site.
  • Web-Based Services
    Through our Web site, users have access to various interactive Web-based resources to increase their understanding and use of research-supported practices for high school students. Our resource section provides the latest reports and practitioner-oriented tools deemed useful in high school improvement. The National High School Center also hosts Webinars based on the needs of the Regional Comprehensive Centers. Transcripts and materials for each session are archived on this Web site. Specifically designed for the RCCs, the National High School Center maintains a members only, password-protected Web site to support collaboration and sharing among Centers. Within the dedicated site, we have compiled all technical assistance requests from the Regional Comprehensive Centers and the responses provided by the National High School Center technical assistance (TA) liaisons. This resource collects, synthesizes, and categorizes RCC requests and responses by topical area and intended population so that all RCCs can benefit from the information we have provided in response to TA requests.

For more information regarding technical assistance offered by the National High School Center:


Phone: 1-800-634-0503
Fax: 202-403-5875
TTY: 1-800-634-0752