NCDPI has recruited representatives from all agency divisions to participate in three cross-functional councils - the LEA Council, Middle-High School Council and Early Childhood/Elementary Council. These teams examine major initiatives and projects for school districts and then investigate implementation strategies and service needs based on feedback from council members and partners. By soliciting input from stakeholders and state staff, the councils ensure that services and initiatives are coordinated with NCDPI. This service-oriented and client-focused approach makes it easier for the agency to assist school districts with the implementation of multifaceted, important projects.