TA&D Network Centers

Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Centers


National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
Provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts and graduation requirements.

National Center on Student Progress Monitoring (NCSPM)
Provides technical assistance to states and districts and disseminates information about progress monitoring practices proven to work in different academic content areas (K–5).


ACCESS Center: Improving Outcomes for all Students K–8
Provides technical assistance to strengthen state and local capacity to help students with disabilities effectively learn in the general education curriculum.

Reading Rockets
Provides information and resources on early reading.

Teacher Quality

Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ)
The Center for Teaching Quality seeks to improve student learning and advance the teaching profession by cultivating teacher leadership, conducting timely research and crafting smart policy — all in an effort to ensure that every student in America has a qualified, well-supported and effective teacher.

Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education (COPSSE)
A research center devoted to studying issues affecting teacher quality in special education.

IRIS Center
A dissemination center that provides evidence-based teaching modules to college faculty working in pre-service preparation programs in an effort to ensure that general education teachers, school administrators, school nurses and school counselors are well prepared to work with students who have disabilities and with their families.

National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers - The Personnel Center
A technical assistance center that builds state capacity to recruit, prepare and retain highly qualified, diverse personnel for early intervention and special education programs.

High School

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Provides support to states in program improvement and secondary transition.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
Provides technical assistance and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools and other stakeholders.

National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO)
Provides support to states in their efforts to collect data on indicators of school and post-school performance.

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD)
A technical assistance center to improve outcomes for youth with disabilities.

HEATH Resource Center
A national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for youth with disabilities.


Teacher Quality Plans
Each state has posted its plans for assessing the need for highly qualified teachers and ensuring that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers.

Title 1 Monitoring Reports
Provides information on how the U.S. Department of Education monitors use of federal funds for public schools and how Student Achievement and School Accountability monitors use of funds by state and local educational agencies.

National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC)
Assists and coordinates Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD)
Provides research and technical assistance on LD and response to intervention.

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Gives schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practice.

National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCREST)
Provides technical assistance and professional development to close the achievement gap between students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their peers, and reduce inappropriate referrals to special education. The project targets improvements in culturally responsive practices, early intervention, literacy and positive behavioral supports.

Regional Centers

Appalachia Comprehensive Center
ICF Incorporated, LLC
300 Summers St., Suite 600
Charleston, WV 25231
Phone: 1-304-823-2456
Dr. Sharon Harsh, Director
California Comprehensive Center
1000 G St., Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 1-916-492-4069
Dr. Jannelle Kubinec, Director
Central Comprehensive Center
University of Oklahoma
1639 Cross Center Dr., Suite 354
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: 1-405-325-5485
Dr. Donna Richardson, Director
Florida and the Islands Comprehensive Center
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
1000 North Ashley Dr., Suite 312
Tampa, FL 33602-3719
Phone: 1-800-756-9003 (toll free)
Dr. Alice Lindsay, Director
Great Lakes Comprehensive Center
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
1120 E. Diehl Rd., Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563-1486
Phone: 1-630-649-6601
Ms. Lisa Palacios, Director
Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 1-202-429-9730
Mr. Martin Orland, Director
Mid-West Comprehensive Center
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 1231
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 1-312-283-2311
Ms. Sara Wraight, Director
North Central Comprehensive Center
Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
4601 DTC Blvd., Suite 500
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 1-303-632-5634
Ms. Kathleen Dempsey, Director
Northeast Comprehensive Center
RMC Research Corporation
1000 Market St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 1-603-422-8888
Mr. Everett Barnes, Director
Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center
Education Northwest
101 SW Main St., Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204-3213
Phone: 1-503-275-9633
Mr. Mike Siebersma, Director
Pacific Comprehensive Center
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1300
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 1-808-664-8179
Dr. Nolan Malone, Director
South Central Comprehensive Center
University of Oklahoma
1639 Cross Center Dr.
Suite 354
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: 1-405-325-6939
Dr. Belinda Biscoe, Director
Southeast Comprehensive Center
440 Knox Abbott Dr.
Suite 200
Cayce, SC 29033
Phone: 1-803-240-1748
Ms. Beth A. Howard-Brown, Director
Texas Comprehensive Center
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: 1-800-476-6861 (toll free)
Mr. Dale Lewis, Director
West Comprehensive Center
2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 660
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4598
Phone: 1-602-322-7004
Dr. Paul Koehler, Director

Content Centers

Center on Building State Capacity and Productivity
9901 1H-10 West, Suite 1000
San Antonio, TX 78230
Phone: 1-210-558-4101
Dr. Dean Nafziger, Director
Center on College and Career Readiness and Success
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
1000 Thomas Jefferson St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 1-202-403-5901
Dr. Joe Harris, Director
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
National Institute for Early Education Research
Rutgers University
73 Easton Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 1-571-239-5129
Dr. Lori Connors-Tadros, Director
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
1000 Thomas Jefferson St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 1-202-403-6321
Ms. Angela Minnici, Director
Center on Innovations in Learning
Temple University
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Ritter Annex, Suite 459
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 1-215-204-3372
Dr. Marilyn Murphy, Director
Center on School Turnaround
1000 G St., Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 1-916-492-4039
Dr. Fred Tempes, Director
Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 1-415-615-3154
Dr. Stanley N. Rabinowitz, Director

Labs and Equity Centers

Regional Educational Laboratories

4825 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: 1-703-824-2457
Marzano Research Laboratory
9000 E. Nichols Ave., Suite 112
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: 1-303-766-9199
CF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 1-703-934-3527
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
1120 East Diehl Rd., Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 1-630-649-6500 or 1-866-730-6735
Education Development Center, Inc.
43 Foundry Ave.
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 1-617-969-7100
Education Northwest
101 SW Main St., Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 1-800-547-6339, ext. 454
1003 Bishop St.
Pauahi Tower, Suite 777
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 1-808-551-9829
Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University
2010 Levy Ave., Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: 1-850-644-9352
730 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 1-866-853-1831

Equity Assistance Centers

Region I

New England Equity Assistance Center
(Serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
The Education Alliance at Brown University
4 Richmond Square, Fourth Floor
Providence, RI 02906
Dr. Maria Pacheco, co-Director
Ms. Sara Smith, co-Director
Phone: 1-401-867-8948
Fax: 1-401-351-9594

Region II

Equity Assistance Center — Touro College
(Serves New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
School of Education
Lander Center for Educational Research
43 W. 23rd St., 8th Floor
New York, New York 10010
Dr. Velma Cobb, Director
Phone: 1-212-463-0400 ext. 5386
Fax: 1-212-627-3692

Region III

The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center - GWU
(Serves District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)
The George Washington University
Center for Equity and Excellence in Education
1555 Wilson Blvd., Suite 515
Arlington, VA 22209
Dr. Gail Sunderman, Director
Phone: 1-703-528-3588 ext. 35 or 1-800-925-3223
Fax: 1-703-528-5973

Region IV

Southeastern Assistance Equity Center
(Serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
Southeastern Equity Alliance, Inc.
Southeastern Equity Assistance Center (SEAC)
1401 East Broward Blvd., Suite 304
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Mr. Jerry Graniero, Director
Phone: 1-954-765-3553
Fax: 1-954-523-3340

Region V

Programs for Educational Opportunity
(Serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
University of Michigan
Programs for Educational Opportunity (PEO)
1005 School of Education
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Dr. Percy Bates, Director
Phone: 1-734-763-9910
Fax: 1-734-763-2137

Region VI

South Central Collaborative for Equity
(Serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
South Central Collaborative for Equity
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA/SCCE)
5815 Callaghan Rd., Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78228-1102
Dr. Bradley Scott, Director
Phone: 1-210-444-1710
Fax: 1-210-444-1714

Region VII

Midwest Equity Assistance Center
(Serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)
Kansas State University
Midwest Equity Assistance Center (MEAC)
1100 Bluemont Hall, Room 401
Manhattan, KS 66506
Dr. Charles Rankin, Director
Phone: 1-785-532-6408
Fax: 1-785-532-5548

Region VIII

BUENO Equity Assistance Center
(Serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)
BUENO Equity Assistance Center at the University of Colorado
The Bueno Center for Multicultural Education
School of Education
247 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0247
Dr. Manuel Escamilla, Project Director
Phone: 1-303-492-1968
Fax: 1-303-492-2883

Region IX

Equity Alliance at ASU
(Serves Arizona, California, Nevada)
The Equity Alliance at ASU
Arizona State University
Interdisciplinary B353
1120 S. Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287
Dr. JoEtta Gonzales, Project Director
Phone: 1-480-965-0391
Fax: 1-480-727-7012

Region X

The Equity Program at Education Northwest
(Serves Alaska; American Samoa; Federated States of Micronesia: Kosrae, Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpei; Guam; Hawaii; Idaho; Northern Mariana Islands; Oregon; Republic of the Marshall Islands; Republic of Palau; Washington)
The Equity Program
Education Northwest
Center for Classroom Teaching and Learning
101 S.W. Main St., Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Ms. Joyce Harris, Director
Phone: 1-503-275-0664
Fax: 1-503-275-0452