We believe that school improvement requires a comprehensive approach to address the entire system. Our specialists build the capacity of district and school leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate improvement efforts, including school transformation and turnaround. The goal is to achieve gains in teaching and learning that are significant and sustainable.
High-Flying Leaders and Teachers
Clinton Elementary, South Carolina
SEDL’s 2-year partnership to implement professional learning teams in Lancaster County School District, South Carolina, paid off for Clinton Elementary. English-language arts and math scores are up, and the school’s third-grade team received an award for excellence. Read more
See a video of Clinton Elementary using SEDL's Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle.
Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC): The SECC provides professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals. Work varies by state.
Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC): The TXCC provides professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals.
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest: The REL Southwest assists the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas in using data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs in the region. The project addresses school improvement through several of its research alliances. For example, the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance seeks to use data and research evidence to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of educator effectiveness initiatives and policies across the REL Southwest region, with an initial focus on Texas. The New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance seeks to use data and evidence to identify and understand factors that facilitate or impede progress in reducing achievement gaps among subpopulations of K–12 students in New Mexico.
Center for High-Performing Schools: Through this Center, SEDL builds the capacity of district and school leaders to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain improvement efforts, including initiatives.
- Fort Worth Independent School District: In Texas, SEDL has been providing training and support for the implementation of professional learning communities in Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). Center staff provided ongoing training for district network leaders, network specialists, principals, teacher leaders and curriculum staff in using PLCs as a continuous improvement approach. Staff have also provided training and coaching at 12 schools in FWISD to support the implementation of PLCs at these schools.
Cullman County School System: Through the Center for High-Performing Schools, SEDL provided training and technical assistance to staff of the Cullman County School System in Cullman, Alabama, on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model. This project will assist district leaders in developing a system-wide process for evaluating the implementation and impact of school improvement initiatives.
Race to the Top Reform Support Network: SEDL worked with ICF International and other partners to advance education innovation and reform. The work involved assisting with Communities of Practice addressing stakeholder engagement, school turnaround, and teacher and leader effectiveness.
Southeast Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Southeast Comprehensive Center provided professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools. Work varied by state. For example, staff assisted state education agencies with implementing the Common Core State Standards and School Improvement Grants.
Texas Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Texas Comprehensive Center provided professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools. Work included assisting the TEA in developing an online course to provide required training for School Support Teams.
Regional Educational Laboratory (1996–2006): Much of SEDL’s past work in improving school performance was conducted through Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) contracts. SEDL's REL contracts covered the southwestern region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, and was 1 of 10 laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help underperforming schools and districts improve student achievement, especially in reading and mathematics. The REL’s work involved an ambitious agenda of research, development, and dissemination initiatives.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement: Housed at Learning Point Associates, the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement helps schools and districts organize, plan, implement, and sustain school improvement. SEDL assisted the center by identifying research-based strategies and translating them into positive change.
Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Awards Database (1998–2006): SEDL hosted and maintained the CSR Awards Database, which provided information on schools receiving CSR funds.