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What is NCRTEC?

    Who We Are

    The North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC) is one of 10 Regional Technology in Education Consortia funded by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. Our mission is to help schools and adult literacy programs to develop technology-embedded practices that lead to improved and engaged learning for students. Our region spans seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

    Who We Serve

    Over 24,000 schools and 9.9 million students are in the NCRTEC region. To expand our impact, we work with state departments of education, intermediate service agencies, and other organizations in each of our states. Our goal is to work closely with these agencies to assist them in providing high-quality professional development opportunities to the schools they serve.

    What We Do

    We develop and broker information, products, and services. Our portfolio has three fundamental areas:

    • Professional Development contains products and services for educators. While training for teachers is important, we also provide resources for principals, administrators, technology coordinators, school board members, and other stakeholders.
    • Technology Planning and Evaluation contains tools and resources to help schools and districts build and evaluate the technical and support infrastructure needed to sustain effective learning with technology.
    • Tools to Enhance Effective Teaching and Learning with technology provides products and services for use by teachers and students. These include resources such as The Amazing Picture Machine, curriculum units, and assessment guides.

    Our core competency is the development of multimedia components and strategies for use in professional development contexts. We ground our work on a research-based professional development model that involves five dimensions:

    • Building a Knowledge Base
    • Observing and Analyzing Models
    • Reflecting on Practice
    • Changing Practice
    • Gaining and Sharing Expertise


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