The SC3 Regional Advisory Board structure and purpose are designated in legislation (Section 203, Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act). The role of the SC3 Regional Advisory Board is to advise the Center on regional technical assistance (TA) needs and initiatives.
The SC3 Regional Advisory Board is composed of educational and community stakeholders from each state the region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma) plus each state's Chief State School Officer (CSSO). Convening a regional advisory board is part of the legislation in the design of the comprehensive centers. Members are appointed by each state's CSSO in consultation with the Governor. The Regional Advisory Board meets annually to provide feedback and guidance for SC3 Technical Assistance services and regional work plan. Additional representatives from partner organizations who have supported SC3 with collaborative technical assistance initiatives may also attend, as will SC3 staff members.
The Center provides high quality TA initiatives ultimately promoting progress toward student academic achievement. Highlighted recommendations from the advisory board over the past have been in such areas as closing the achievement gap, school improvement, leadership, high school reform, innovations in education, and English language learners.
This year the focus topic for the meeting is Changing Rules, Changing Roles, and focuses on the changes in curriculum content, educator effectiveness, and state accountability and assessment brought about by the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act.