What We Do

We engage our state education leaders in using research-based findings and rigorous evidence to meet the goals of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Our purpose is to design technical assistance services that meet education leaders’ priority needs, further the key initiatives of the U.S. Department of Education, and have the greatest potential for developing state capacity to help districts and schools improve.

Through specific requests and regular meetings with state education leaders to discuss their priority needs for technical assistance, we develop and continually review our State and Regional Service Delivery Plans to ensure that our work is attuned to their emerging needs. We also offer Special Initiatives designed to engage our states in areas of strong interest, such as teacher quality, the role of higher education in preparing the teacher workforce, and other concerns that are common across all areas of the state.

Our website and mailing lists are primary tools for sharing up-to-date information about NCC events and ESEA updates; news from the state education agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont; and a variety of research resources. Our relationships with the five U.S. Department of Education Content Centers are a major source of current research and resources to educators in our state.

For more information on the goals and activities of the NCC, select and download a Comprehensive Management Plan for the period indicated.