Direct Technical Assistance Support

Bringing Tailored Instructional Support to the Local Level

An important part of our work is teaming with county offices of education (COEs) and other expert resources to build the capacity of individual Local Education Agencies (LEAs) through Direct Technical Assistance (DTA).

Using an integrated, highly collaborative approach, we focus on key areas, and provide whatever form of assistance is called for – from analyzing and addressing existing challenges to helping identify and develop new opportunities.

In addition, we utilize innovation to drive equity and access for all students by leveraging a rolodex of professional experts to meet the needs of our partners.


The CCEE provided customized, research-informed, hands-on support to 12 LEAs via a multi-year partnership focused on continuous improvement practices, which was called the Pilot Partnership. In addition our team utilizes Fullan & Quinn’s Coherence Framework and quality improvement practices to effectively build the capacity of LEAs to support all students’ academic and social-emotional well-being. Our experience through this work shapes the direct technical assistance (DTA) we now provide to LEAs across California. To learn more about the Pilot Partnership, please review the toolkit. Lessons learned include:

  • Making meaning of the LCFF process is the work 
  • Retaining focus on instructional practice must be intentional
  • The power of a local coach is key
  • Sustained change is not simple or quick
  • Meaningful engagement must be designed and intentional across all stakeholders at every stage of the process


When CCEE is working with an LEA and COE, we aim to support through the three primary Modes of Engagement which are rooted in continuous improvement.

Our role is to advise and assist, as part of our theory of action, we work to build capacity and move toward a gradual release.