The CC program supports the establishment of not less than 20 Comprehensive Centers to provide capacity-building services to State educational agencies (SEAs), regional educational agencies (REAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction.
This application has two absolute priorities. The first is the establishment of 19 Regional Centers that will provide high-quality intensive capacity-building services to State clients and recipients to identify, implement, and sustain effective evidence-based programs, practices, and interventions that support improved educator and student outcomes. The second is the establishment of a National Center that will provide high-quality universal and targeted capacity building services to address common high leverage programs identified in Regional Center State service plans, common services to address findings from finalized Department monitoring reports or audit findings, common implementation challenges faced by States and Regional Centers, and emerging national education trends.
This competition contains seven competitive preference priorities: one for both Regional and National Centers; three for Regional Centers; and three for the National Center. Competitive priorities come from the Secretary’s Final Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs (83 FR 9096) and 34 CFR 75.225(c).The competitive priority for all centers is: projects submitted by applicants that meet the definition of novice applicant (as defined in the NIA) at the time they submit their application.
The Regional Center has four competitive priorities. In addition to the aforementioned priority for both Regional Centers and the National Center, the Regional Center competitive priorities are: promoting effective instruction in classrooms and schools; and empowering families and individuals to choose a high-quality education that meets their unique needs.
The National Center has four competitive priorities. In addition to the priority for both Regional Centers and the National Center, the National Center competitive priorities are: promoting effective instruction in classrooms and schools; promoting science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) education, with a particular focus on computer science; and empowering families and individuals to choose a high-quality education that meets their unique needs.