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Across the Region

Great Lakes West works with the state education agencies (SEAs) in Illinois and Wisconsin and beyond to identify areas of common interest, leverage resources, and build connections that will better serve our states. Efforts to support SEAs can involve stakeholders across the state, region, and country. These efforts can include information finding, networking, bringing national experts to regional discussions, and creating communities of practice.

In the past, regional and national collaboration has focused on teacher quality, assessments, response to intervention, high schools, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Common Core State Standards. Great Lakes West continues to look for opportunities to engage Illinois and Wisconsin in collaborative activities that will leverage resources and expertise to build SEA capacity.

What Does This Look Like?

The ability to learn from, work with, and share with other states affords a great opportunity to expedite the process of CCSS implementation across the nation efficiently and effectively; few structures and little precedence exist, however, to do this. In January 2011, Great Lakes West collaborated with Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center to support five states in the Midwest region at a two-day meeting, Building a Collaborative Workplan for Implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The meeting was the beginning of an effort to provide ongoing support to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin as they work to implement the Common Core State Standards. After the initial meeting, Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West facilitated a working group meetings for a continued regional effort to further the states' individual and collaborated implementation of the Common Core State Standards.