Responsive and attentive to the southwestern states’ shifting education needs and emerging priorities.
The Southwest Comprehensive Center (SWCC) at WestEd is part of a federal network of 16 Regional Comprehensive Centers and five content centers. SWCC staff work collaboratively with Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah to build capacity to implement federal and state reform initiatives and support district and school improvement.
The SWCC helps states to increase capacity and provide support to districts and schools by improving educators’ knowledge and expertise, developing and implementing research-based processes and support systems, creating networks of peers and experts, and leveraging technology to address district needs.
Our work focuses on the following key areas:
More About SWCC
Through various strategic initiatives and partnerships, the SWCC has a significant impact on education improvement and reform efforts in the southwestern states. The initiatives highlighted below demonstrate the type of productive collaboration and technical assistance the SWCC offers to state departments of education in its region.
Measuring Educator Effectiveness Initiative
Through this initiative, SWCC — in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and the Regional Educational Laboratory West — convenes southwestern states to strategize on the successful design and implementation of educator evaluation systems.
School Turnaround Leadership Initiative
SWCC has partnered with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business to provide innovative education leadership training to help develop school turnaround leaders in the Southwest.
SWCC Online Community
SWCC created this private online community to facilitate communication among state departments of education and others utilizing SWCC systems, tools, and initiatives.