The Rural CCMR Accelerator Program
Rural school systems have the passion and dedication, but not always the resources, to improve college, career, and military-readiness outcomes and successful postsecondary transitions for their high school students. For this reason, the Texas Impact Network launched the Rural CCMR Accelerator Program in 2020 extending expert coaching and student support services to select rural Texas school systems and building a network of rural school systems focused on common goals.
School systems selected to participate in the Rural CCMR Accelerator Program have access to technical assistance experts with experience in supporting the improvement of CCMR outcomes in rural school systems, as well as additional supports targeting common areas of growth.
Expert Technical Assistance
Every participating district will receive technical assistance from a CCMR Rural Accelerator partner as they:
- Analyze student and campus level data to determine the effectiveness of current CCMR programming in graduating students who are college-ready and successfully transitioning to a post-secondary plan.
- Build a strategic plan to address gaps identified in the data analysis that specifically identifies strategies to increase TSI-readiness, enrollment in postsecondary education, and attainment of career credentials.
- Implement the strategic plan by shifting the strategies into action, monitoring changes, and analyzing the outcome with the support of Rural CCMR Accelerator partner.
- Engage in a Community of Practice made up of other Texas rural school systems completing the same process and implementing many of the same strategies.
- Identify a Student Success Advisor, either an existing employee whose duties will be fully dedicated to direct student advising activities, or a new hire funded through a subgrant, to add student advising capacity. Advisors participate in a yearlong training opportunity specifically focused on postsecondary success planning for rural students from rootEd Alliance.
Participating school systems will have exclusive access to a number of student supports to improve TSI-readiness, enrollment in postsecondary education, and attainment of career credentials. The use of these supports is not required but they are available at no-cost to the district.
- A personalized regional Labor Market Analysis report from CareerCraft and consultation to identify potential sources of funding to launch new programs to ensure CTE pathways offered to students align to regional workforce needs and living-wage jobs.
- SureScore student diagnostics with aligned teacher and administrative training to improve TSIA2 preparation for 9th-12th grade students.
- Subgrants for up to three high school teachers to attend OnRamps summer training to increase student access to high-quality dual credit opportunities.
Cohort 1 Participating Districts
Cohort 2 Applications
The application period for Cohort 2 of the Rural CCMR Accelerator program will be open from November 11 to December 17 and all interested school systems meeting the definition of rural below are encouraged to apply. School systems will be selected based on their willingness to candidly and critically evaluate their current results as well as their commitment to learning and improving student outcomes.
For the purposes of the Rural CCMR Accelerator program, districts are eligible if they meet one or more of the following definitions:
- a school system with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students that is categorized as a rural, non-metropolitan: stable or non-metropolitan: fast-growing district type by the Texas Education Agency
- a school system with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students categorized as rural by the National Center for Education Statistics
- a public charter school located within a school system meeting either definition above
The Rural CCMR Accelerator Program district support is provided in partnership with:
Cohort 2 Application
Due December 17
Information Session Recording (mp4 video)
Rural CCMR Accelerator Program Overview (PDF)
If you know of a rural Texas school system that would be a good fit for the Rural CCMR Accelerator program, nominate them below! School systems nominated before December 16 will receive the Cohort 2 application directly and nominations will be factored into the review of the application.