Initiatives by State

The Region 5 Comprehensive Center is currently working on the following initiatives.

Impact of Economic Shutdown on Kentucky Education Strategic Budgeting and Communication

This initiative supports local education agencies (LEAs) in Kentucky as they navigate long-term challenges associated with Covid-19, notably actions that can be taken to mitigate the long-term impact of the economic shutdown.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Kentucky Schools

This project underscores the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) commitment to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all schools.

Updating the Strategic Plan with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

This initiative supports Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in Kentucky as they work to incorporate challenges due to Covid-19 into updates of the state-wide strategic plan.

Recruiting and Maintaining Effective Educators

This project supports the Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Educator Effectiveness as they refine aspects of the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) to adjust to field implementation and for continuous improvement.

Framework for Adult Learning: Supporting Improved Delivery and Assessment of PD

This project supports the Tennessee Department of Education's efforts to design and use a framework for delivering and assessing professional development (PD) learning experiences for staff at the state, regional, district, and school levels statewide.

Transitioning from Compliance to a Continuous Improvement Model of School Improvement

This initiative builds capacity in the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to successfully transition from a compliance model to a continuous improvement model of school improvement. The project focuses on the use of effective communication and collaboration, identifying promising practices, and embracing an implementation science framework.

Substance Abuse Prevention: Healthy Habits for Youth

The Substance Abuse Prevention: Healthy Habits for Youth Initiative responds to a need for an evidence-based youth cannabis education campaign, PreK-12, focusing on misuse prevention. Early youth misuse is associated with:

  • Neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental decline
  • Poor school performance
  • Increased school drop-out rates
  • Increased risk for psychotic disorders in adulthood
  • Increased risk for later depression
  • Suicidal ideation or behavior.

The materials align to the Health Standards of Learning (SOLs), VA Portrait of a Graduate 5C's, and are organized using the new VDOE High-Quality Instructional Materials Framework.

Building Capacity of West Virginia Educators to Support Students with Adverse Childhood Experiences

This initiative builds upon efforts underway in West Virginia to support student well-being by focusing on cross-agency collaboration, as well as broad-based stakeholder partnerships, to deliver high-quality, relevant, and useful resources to LEAs, students, and families.

Evaluating and Evolving the Educator Talent Management Framework

This initiative builds upon efforts underway in West Virginia to support three critical aspects of the educator talent management framework (recruitment, development, and retention) by focusing on stakeholder awareness and engagement activities.

Regional Networked Improvement Community
This project uses a Networked Improvement Community to build the capacity of four regional states as they undertake a structured approach to continuous improvement through cycles of Plan-Do-Study-Act.


Peer to Peer Learning
This project identifies evidence-based practices and promising regional approaches for SEA leaders in four states as they build peer-to-peer connections into a community of practice.