What We Do

In Idaho
Partnering with the Idaho State Department of Education (ISDE) to:

Improve Literacy Instruction

Region 17 CC produced two sets of evidence-based training materials to build the literacy instruction skills of educators across Idaho. One set focuses on developing the academic content and literacy skills of English learner students, while the other aims to increase reading ability and engagement for students in grades 4–8. We have updated these materials to align with revised state content standards and keep the resources relevant and useful for educators in the state.

Support Federal Programs

ISDE’s Federal Programs team is charged with meeting regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Region 17 CC helps the team connect program-level inputs, outputs, and outcomes and monitor the progress of each federal education program active in Idaho. In addition, we support the federal programs director in monitoring district-level use of American Rescue Plan funds.

Build a Statewide Network of Literacy Leaders

In 2021, ISDE launched the Striving to Meet Achievement in Reading Together (SMART) program to advance K–3 teacher knowledge in the science of reading. To support this statewide initiative, Region 17 CC helped create the Reading Coach Academy, which provides ongoing professional learning to school-based instructional coaches so they can help teachers more effectively. Learn how the academy is making a difference across the state.

Provide Trauma-Informed Professional Development

Recognizing that schools play an important role in supporting the mental and emotional well-being of students and families, ISDE will offer school nurses training in trauma-informed practice. Region 17 CC is working with ISDE to develop materials and deliver the training to an initial cohort of state-funded nurses. With these materials, ISDE will have the capacity and knowledge to expand the training to more school nurses across Idaho.

In Montana
Partnering with the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) to:

Establish a Through-Year Assessment System

OPI plans to develop and scale an innovative system that aligns assessments with local learning models and cultural contexts, deepens student learning, and more consistently measures growth throughout the school year. Region 17 CC will review best practices for establishing such a system, engage partners to ensure test items reflect local contexts, and build capacity for data literacy and data-driven instruction.

Strengthen the Educator Workforce

Across Montana, students are experiencing a shortage of highly qualified, effective teachers. To address this, OPI partnered with us to develop the Montana Teacher Residency Demonstration Project—a program that redesigns the way people are prepared to join the educator workforce. Read how this teaching residency aims to provide top-quality preparation and support for Montana’s future teachers.

Regional and National Projects

Connecting Rural Educators

The Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network brings together teachers and leaders from some of the region’s most isolated and remote communities. Through regular convenings, members share their expertise with peers in similar contexts to develop useful solutions. A network of schools helping schools—especially isolated ones—can raise achievement and increase student engagement by sharing relevant, practical advice that works for rural communities.

Developing Process Improvements

We are collaborating with ISDE and OPI to develop a process to review and revise state academic standards. The process includes forming and facilitating workgroups of teachers, administrators, families, and other community members charged with tasks such as reducing redundancies, simplifying language, and prioritizing concepts.

Participating in National Workgroups

Region 17 CC partners with the National Comprehensive Center and other regional CCs to support states in addressing immediate policy and practice issues. Specifically, we provide guidance and expertise in workgroups focused on bolstering states’ capacity to:

  • Improve education for Native students
  • Accelerate student learning using American Rescue Plan funds
  • Strengthen and diversify the educator workforce

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