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Provider

RMC Research

Contact Information

Primary

Stephany Brown
633 17th St.
Suite 2100
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-825-3636
Email: brown@rmcres.com

Secondary

Robin Jarvis
633 17th St.
Suite 2100
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-825-3636
Email: jarvis@rmcres.com

General Information

Website: www.rmcresearchcorporation.com/denverco/
Type of Organization: For Profit Company
Organization is best described as: For-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 49
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
- District
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Assessment
Comprehensive & Effective Planning
Comprehensive Turnaround Provider
Curriculum Alignment
Diagnostic Review
District Culture
Educator Effectiveness
Instruction
Leadership
Organizational Structure and Resources
Professional Development
Program Evaluation Services
School and District Improvement
Student
Family and Community Support
Unified Improvement Planning
Specific Content Area :
Indian Education, Charter Schools, MTSS

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

Aurora Public Schools
Amy Beruan
Federal Programs Director
303-365-5816 ext. 28474
ajberuan@aurorak12.org
Jesus Escarcega, Director
Department of Grants
303-340-0864
jdescarcega@aps.k12.co.us

Denver Public Schools
Dr. Susana Cordova, Superintendent
720-423-3200
Susana.cordova@dpsk12.org

Douglas County School District
Matt Reynolds
Chief Assessment and Data Officer
303-387-0136
Mathias.reynolds@dcsdk12.org

New America Schools Lowry Campus
Denver, CO
Craig Cook
303-894-3160

Ricardo Flores Magon Academy
Denver, CO
Deborah Van Roy, Executive Director
303-412-7610
dvanroy@magonacademy.org

Recent References:

Amy Beruan
Federal Programs Director
Aurora Public Schools
303-365-5816 ext. 28474
ajberuan@aurorak12.org

Rebecca Donaldson
ESEA Programs and Related State Initiatives Coordinator
Utah State Board of Education
801-538-7869
Rebecca.donaldson@schools.utah.gov

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

Fulton County Schools
Atlanta, GA
Robert Anderson
Superintendent, Boulder Valley School District
(former Fulton County Deputy Superintendent of Academics)
720-561-5114
Rob.anderson@bvsd.org

Granite School District
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dr. Rob Averett, Assessment Director
385-646-4158
rlaverett@graniteschools.org

Red Cloud Indian School
Pine Ridge, SD
Robert Brave Heart, Sr., Superintendent
605-867-5491
bbraveheart@redcloudschool.org

Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, WA
Lois Brewer
lbrewer@seattleschools.org

Seminole County Public Schools
Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent
407-320-0006
walt_griffin@scps.k12.fl.us
Dr. Anna Marie Cote, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Excellence, and Equity
407-320-0504
anna-marie_cote@scps.us

Utah Connections Academy
Woods Cross, UT
Erin Taylor, Principal
801-298-6660
ertaylor@uca.connectionsacademy.org

Utah State Charter School Board
Jennifer Lambert, Executive Director
Jennifer.lambert@schools.utah.gov
801-538-7676

Washington County School District
St. George, UT
Rex Wilkey, Asst. Superintendent for Elementary Education
435-673-3553 ext. 5177
Rex.wiley@washk12.org

Whitehorse High School
Montezuma Creek, UT
Kim Schaefer, Principal
435-678-1854
kschaefer@sjsd.org

Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools
Dr. Beverly Emory,
Deputy Superintendent of District Support, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
(Former Superintendent, Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools)
336-727-2292
bremory@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

RMC Research Corporation is a privately held professional services firm specializing in technical assistance and consulting services, professional development (PD), product development, performance measurement, and applied research in a variety of fields. RMC Research’s primary portfolio of work is in preK-12 education, assisting educational leaders at the national, state, and local levels to learn and apply best practices to enhance the quality of systems and services that lead to improved school and student outcomes.

RMC Research was one of the first technical assistance providers for the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and one of its staff has the distinction of creating the National Curve Equivalent (NCE) for the Department when it was initially developing accountability systems for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Since the early 1980s, RMC Research has continuously served as a technical assistance provider for USDE, first operating Evaluation Assistance Centers, then Title I and Rural Technical Assistance Centers, and now leading and partnering on Comprehensive Centers. Our signature work is in Title I school and district improvement, having supported literally hundreds of schools and districts in their reform efforts, either as technical assistance and professional development providers, researchers and evaluators, or mentors/coaches. For over a decade, RMC Research has conducted both school and district audits and diagnostic reviews in both small and large districts, primarily focused on supporting school and district improvement efforts.

In addition to our technical assistance work, RMC Research has conducted hundreds of research and evaluation projects that have resulted in policy changes both nationally and at the state level. Topics have focused on mathematics, science, and literacy curricula and assessments; service-learning and civic engagement policy, practice, and standards development; early childhood literacy; teacher preparation; teacher mentoring and coaching; improvement of middle school programming; systems of support; turnaround schools; parent involvement; community engagement; adolescent risk behaviors; and much more. Projects have included multiple designs including cluster randomized trials, quasi-experimental designs, multi-method case studies, and descriptive studies.

In addition to our work with USDE, RMC Research has conducted projects for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Interior, and Labor; National Science Foundation (NSF); the Corporation for National and Community Service; and NASA; for every state education agency (SEA) in the United States; for foundations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; The Broad Foundation; the Spencer Foundation; the Rockefeller Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation; multiple nonprofit entities such as the National Youth Leadership Council and the Search Institute; and for multiple national K-12 education publishing companies.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

RMC Research’s team of researchers, evaluators, and technical assistance consultants who provide services through CDE’s Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) grants are all Denver-based. All team members hold advanced degrees and have an average of 20 years’ experience as K-12 educators, technical assistance providers, consultants, researchers, and evaluators in K-12 education. Our team members have in-depth expertise in data analysis, data-driven decision-making, teacher preparation and development, instructional leadership and practice, school climate and culture, family and community engagement, and school and district improvement. Additionally, through RMC Research’s offices in Portsmouth, NH; New York, NY; Arlington, VA; and Tampa, FL, our Denver team is able to leverage specific expertise in areas including literacy, multi-tiered systems of support, special education, trauma-informed instruction, and school violence prevention to meet the needs of specific schools and districts.

Cost:

The cost for all services is based on the school size, context, and priorities. Diagnostic reviews range from $19,500 to $25,000, inclusive of all materials and travel. Stakeholder engagement services range up to $10,000, depending on the services sought. Improvement planning services range from $10,000 to $15,000, depending on the size, type, and location of the school.

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

RMC Research customizes our services based on each school’s priority areas for improvement, focusing our review on the school’s context and identification for the EASI grant. In consultation with the school and district leadership for each school, we identify the priority areas for improvement and then target our review on those areas, including specific content areas, specific subpopulations, or specific aspects of the school’s organization, culture or climate. We have deep knowledge and expertise on the research regarding what works within the content areas and with specific subpopulations through our work with a wide variety of districts, schools, and educators who serve these students and through developing research summaries and syntheses for projects such as the Center on Instruction, National Reading Technical Assistance Center, and for various regional comprehensive centers and regional educational laboratories.

Specifically, our diagnostic reviews include analyses of student, school, and district data to identify priority areas for improvement that guide our on-site visits. Each on-site visit is customized to meet the needs of the individual school, but generally includes classroom observations; interviews with district and school leadership and support staff; focus groups with teachers, students, and parents; and reviews of documents, such as behavior/disciplinary plans, curriculum materials, and professional development plans, agendas, and materials. Data collected through our reviews are used to identify strengths, areas for improvement, and recommendations in each of Colorado’s four domains of rapid school improvement. Diagnostic review reports include actionable recommendations in each of the domains as well as a set of three to five prioritized actionable recommendations across the four domains to support each school in identifying a focus for their improvement planning.

Stakeholder engagement services are also customized based on the individual needs of the school and district. These services include family and community surveys, interviews, and focus groups as well as facilitating stakeholder meetings to support stakeholder engagement in improvement planning activities.

RMC Research’s Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) services are based on the improvement science approach developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This approach takes school teams through the process of analyzing their school data to:
• identify trends in performance and root causes of persistent problems of practice;
• select one to three priority areas for their improvement planning;
• study and select research-based practices that have demonstrated results in contexts similar to theirs;
• develop an action plan for implementing each of the research-based practices selected that includes specific action steps, timelines, and staff responsibilities;
• define annual measurable outcomes and interim targets that can be measured at least twice each year;
• identify specific measures for each outcome and target; and
• develop a plan, including timelines and responsibilities, for administering each measure, reviewing results with the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), and making decisions about adjustments to strategy implementation based on those results.

This approach will result in a focused UIP for each school with a clear process for monitoring and adjusting implementation and measuring progress toward outcomes.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

RMC Research evaluates our services and support to schools and districts initially through customer feedback on the quality, usefulness, and applicability of our diagnostic review recommendations for their school improvement and turnaround efforts. In schools and districts where we provide planning and implementation support, we evaluate the effectiveness of our services based on changes in school leader and teacher practices and improved student outcomes, including social-emotional and academic indicators.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

In addition to providing diagnostic review, stakeholder engagement, and unified improvement planning services, RMC Research also provides services to support improving teacher and leader effectiveness, implementation monitoring, data-driven instruction, multi-tiered systems of support, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and school climate and culture. In our improvement planning services, RMC Research supports schools in identifying evidence—based strategies that both meet ESSA evidence standards and are a match for the school’s unique context, including size (small, medium, large), locale (rural, suburban, urban), and demographics (student, teacher). Recognizing that schools have varying levels of resources available to support improvement efforts, RMC Research works with district and school leadership to review current resource use and make recommendations for utilizing available resources to maximize improvement opportunities. This support includes advising schools and districts on the use of federal funding, such as Title I, Title II, and Carl Perkins, which can be used to support school improvement and turnaround efforts. Additionally, RMC Research coordinates with these schools to determine the best way to communicate with and convene stakeholders to ensure that opportunities for input and feedback on both district and school performance and proposed improvement strategies are maximized.

500-1000 Students:

In addition to providing diagnostic review, stakeholder engagement, and unified improvement planning services, RMC Research also provides services to support improving teacher and leader effectiveness, implementation monitoring, data-driven instruction, multi-tiered systems of support, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and school climate and culture. In our improvement planning services, RMC Research supports schools in identifying evidence—based strategies that both meet ESSA evidence standards and are a match for the school’s unique context, including size (small, medium, large), locale (rural, suburban, urban), and demographics (student, teacher). Recognizing that schools have varying levels of resources available to support improvement efforts, RMC Research works with district and school leadership to review current resource use and make recommendations for utilizing available resources to maximize improvement opportunities. This support includes advising schools and districts on the use of federal funding, such as Title I, Title II, and Carl Perkins, which can be used to support school improvement and turnaround efforts. Additionally, RMC Research coordinates with these schools to determine the best way to communicate with and convene stakeholders to ensure that opportunities for input and feedback on both district and school performance and proposed improvement strategies are maximized.

1000+ Students:

In addition to providing diagnostic review, stakeholder engagement, and unified improvement planning services, RMC Research also provides services to support improving teacher and leader effectiveness, implementation monitoring, data-driven instruction, multi-tiered systems of support, family engagement, social-emotional learning, and school climate and culture. In our improvement planning services, RMC Research supports schools in identifying evidence—based strategies that both meet ESSA evidence standards and are a match for the school’s unique context, including size (small, medium, large), locale (rural, suburban, urban), and demographics (student, teacher). Recognizing that schools have varying levels of resources available to support improvement efforts, RMC Research works with district and school leadership to review current resource use and make recommendations for utilizing available resources to maximize improvement opportunities. This support includes advising schools and districts on the use of federal funding, such as Title I, Title II, and Carl Perkins, which can be used to support school improvement and turnaround efforts. Additionally, RMC Research coordinates with these schools to determine the best way to communicate with and convene stakeholders to ensure that opportunities for input and feedback on both district and school performance and proposed improvement strategies are maximized.

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