Our Capabilities

To help our partners in education and community development achieve their goals, the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) provides expertise and assistance in three important areas. Our ability to integrate technical assistance, research and evaluation, and public policy is key to developing comprehensive solutions that address complex challenges.

Technical Assistance

We don’t just advise our partners; we actively participate in helping them succeed. CTAC provides customized, on-site assistance to develop the leadership, planning and managerial capacity of those we serve. This includes working with diverse stakeholders to:

  • Analyze conditions and root causes that help or hinder student performance
  • Create and implement customized improvement strategies
  • Conduct capacity-building initiatives
  • Provide training to leadership teams
  • Strengthen planning and governance capacity of organizations
  • Implement resource and network development strategies

Research and Evaluation

We believe evidence-based strategies are key to achieving lasting change. CTAC conducts tailored research to improve practices and inform policy decisions at the local, state, and national levels. Our recent research focuses on the impact of:

  • Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
  • Performance-based compensation
  • District-wide reform initiatives
  • State interventions in urban school districts
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Site-based management of schools
  • Nonprofit capacity

Public Policy

Real change often involves advancing public policy at the state or national level. CTAC leads the way—examining, framing, and informing public policy improvements in partnership with educators and community leaders. Examples include:

  • Working with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education, state education agencies, and teacher unions to advance educational reform
  • Establishing a broad-based network to inform national public policy in elementary and secondary education
  • Partnering with national and regional foundations and community organizations to achieve meaningful progress in urban neighborhood revitalization

At CTAC, we recognize that understanding context is paramount to success. We customize and integrate our technical assistance, research and evaluation services, and public policy support to meet the needs, goals, and circumstances of each partner.