In 2019, the U.S. Department of Education created a five-year Comprehensive Center Network Program. This program funds 20 centers: 19 grant-funded regional centers supporting states and U.S. territories and one National Comprehensive Center.

The regional centers use strategic performance management and implementation science — with an emphasis on equity and cultural proficiency — to help state education agencies implement their plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act and improve student academic achievement.

What makes Region 16 unique?

Our center is one of only six grantees located in the communities it serves. We’re on a mission to improve the quality of the learning experience for each student by reimagining education systems.

Our structure and location mean that our staff deeply understand the communities, cultures, and histories of our region. Most of our team lives directly in the communities we serve, and we’re uniquely positioned to deliver localized, culturally sustaining services by building our center within existing educational service agency (ESA) networks.

Together, we seek transformed education systems rooted in place and grounded in the needs and knowledge of students, families, and communities.

Region 16 staff are based out of SERRC in Alaska, Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District in Oregon, and Capital Region Educational Service District 113 in Washington. We also collaborate with key regional and national partners to extend our network and expand the services and support we provide to states.

We offer technical assistance to agencies, professional learning for state and local education agency staff, network-building opportunities for educational leaders, and programs for students, families, and communities regionwide.


Regional Projects


School Districts