• SEA Strategic Communications Collaborative -

    As part of a broader strategic communications initiative, C3 and SC3 facilitated a convening with the collaborative members, centers, and SEAs on July 1-2, 2015, entitled, “Strategic Communication: Navigating Policy and Politics in a Competing Information Environment.”

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  • Peer-to-Peer Learning: A Cross-state Collaboration -

    SC3 and collaborators develop peer-to-peer learning opportunities between the Arkansas Department of Education and Georgia Department of Education.

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  • New Oklahoma Academic Standards Adopted -

    Oklahoma Legislature approved new Oklahoma Academic Standards for English language arts and Mathematics on March 21, 2016.  

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  • SC3-ADE-CIL Indistar Work Sessions -

    SC3 supports Arkansas Department of Education during Center on Innovations in Learning Indistar work sessions!

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About Us

The South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) at the University of Oklahoma is one of a national network of 22 federally funded centers. The SC3 mission is to provide high quality/high impact technical assistance that helps build or expand the capacity of the state education agency (SEA), intermediary agencies, and other educational systems in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma to implement, support, scale-up, and sustain reform efforts to improve teaching and learning.

SC3 has several components designed to maximize responsiveness and ensure technical assistance (TA) is relevant, useful, and of high quality.

State Coordinating Councils (SCCs): SC3's SCCs include members from each state education agency's (SEA's) leadership working with the Center to identify state priorities and tailor work to meet specific and changing needs. To maintain the flow of communication and plan TA services, each state's SCC meets regularly with SC3 staff members, partners, and collaborators.

SC3 Advisory Board: The SC3 Advisory Board is composed of educational and community stakeholders from every state in SC3's region. Members are appointed by each state's governor and commissioner/superintendent. The Advisory Board meets annually to provide feedback and guidance for TA services and regional work plan.

  • Ms Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Mr. Johnny Key, Arkansas Department of Education, Commissioner
  • Ms Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Public Education Department, Secretary of Public Education
  • John White, Louisiana Department of Education, State Superintendent of Education
  • Dr. Richard Abernathy, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Executive Director
  • Dr. Denise Airola, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Director of the Office of Innovation
  • Mr. Troy Allen, Jacobs Engineering, Senior HSE Manager
  • Ms Debra Andersen, Smart Start Oklahoma, Executive Director
  • Gloria Chavez, Grants-Cibola School District, Assistant Superintendent
  • Mr. Jonathan Crossley, Arkansas Department of Education, 2014 ArkansasTeacher of the Year
  • Mr. Adan Delgado, Pojoaque (Pueblo) Schools, Superintendent
  • Mr. Andy Evans, Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, Finance Director
  • Ms Connie Hansen, US Department of Education, Retired Priority Schools Chief for NMPED and former principal
  • Ms Elizabeth Kunz, none, Instructional Coach
  • Leighann Lenti, New Mexico Public Education Department, Policy Director
  • Dr. Judi Miranti, Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Ms Ouida Newton, 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Math Teacher
  • Mr. William Price, Phillips Murrah P.C., Attorney
  • Debbie Rickards, Shreve Island Elementary, Instructional Coordinator
  • Julie Roy, Avoyelles Public Charter School, Executive Director
  • Dr. Scott Steckler, Jefferson Parish School System, Principal
  • Ms Marguerite Stumbaugh, Community Representative, Retired Assistant Principal
Kerri Adams, Budget and Quality Assurance Coordinator
Belinda Biscoe, Director
Michael Carter, Administrative Assistant
Rosie Garcia-Belina, ELL and Migrant Education Technical Assistance Coordinator
Sarah Hall, Associate Director and New Mexico/Oklahoma Technical Assistance Coordinator
Tammy Keefer, Web Developer
Kyle Lankford, Communications Coordinator
Donna Richardson, Technical Assistance Manager
Carol Surber, Senior Research Associate
Hayley Testerman, Communications Specialist
Jacob Tsotigh, Indian Education Technical Assistance Coordinator
Mark Turner, Logistics Coordinator
Kerri White, Arkansas/Louisiana Technical Assistance Coordinator