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.

Applications for Cohort 3 of the Rural CCMR Accelerator are open now through November 30. Click here to apply.

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.

Optional Supports 

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.

Participating Districts

Applying to the Rural CCMR Accelerator

The Texas Impact Network is adding 20 new districts to the Rural CCMR Accelerator program in Cohort 3, which begins in January 2023. 

Applications are open through Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Click here to apply.

The application is designed to take about an hour to complete. Applications must be submitted through the link above to be considered.

Applicants will be notified of selection by Friday, December 16, 2022

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Rural CCMR Accelerator program, your school system must:
  • be classified as one of the following:
    • Rural, Non-Metropolitan: Fast-Growing by TEA
    • Non-Metropolitan: Stable by TEA
    • Rural by NCES
  • have a total district enrollment must be less than 5,000 students.

Click here to check your TEA and NCES classification.

Note: School systems that are currently part of a rootEd Alliance program are not eligible for the Rural CCMR Accelerator.

Learn More

If you’re interested in participating in the Rural CCMR Accelerator, be sure to explore the resources provided below and attend one of our upcoming open-house/office hours sessions for prospective Cohort 3 applicants:

For more information, feel free to email RuralCCMR@TexasImpactNetwork.org with any questions.

Resources

Information Session Recording (mp4 video)

Rural CCMR Accelerator Program Overview (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Rural CCMR Accelerator Program district support is provided in partnership with: 

Nominations

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.

"You can feel like you're on an island when you're in a rural school district. In the rural CCMR accelerator program, I have been able to grow myself as an administrator because I've been able to have deep conversations with people who are coming across those same issues."

Rio Hondo ISD Asst. Supt. Raul Trevino