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Information Request Service

The SECC provides the Information Request Service to state department of education (SDE) staff to increase their knowledge and understanding of education issues and their ability to make informed decisions. For additional information, contact a SECC state liaison or the SECC project director.


Promoting Equity Regional Institute (2015)

This SECC/TXCC regional institute helped to assist states in promoting educational equity at the state and local levels.

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Supporting Rural Education Regional Institute (2014)

This SECC/TXCC regional institute explored challenges and opportunities for enhancing student learning in rural education.

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Previous Work: 2005 to 2012 - Project and Work Archives

Briefing Papers

Briefing Papers were developed in collaboration with staff from SEDL's Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) to address key areas of challenge for school and district staff as well as decision makers. Archives of Briefing Papers may be accessed via the links below.

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Rapid Response Service

The Rapid Response Service (previously offered by SECC) was intended to assist SDE staff in addressing queries form policymakers and school-district personnel and in building capacity to meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Archives of Rapid Responses may be accessed via the link below.

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Project Overviews

Number of Current Projects: 30

AL Educator Effectiveness Evaluation

SECC staff will support SEA staff with tools and resources for developing and implementing student learning objectives.

Latest Work Update

SECC project staff met with the ALSDE educator effectiveness lead via conference call on September 1 to discuss general SEA updates, a timeline for implementing student growth goals (SGGs) as part of teacher evaluation, and the role of SECC for Year 5. A major update was that the new state superintendent of education was hired in August as well as two new staff members in the educator effectiveness office. In terms of the timeline and activities, the SEA explained it would like to provide at least 30 districts with guidance on SGGs in early spring. The SEA would like to present these districts with at least four options for adopting a SGG model. ALSDE would like SECC to provide technical assistance with codeveloping tools and resources for this work and to lead with expertise in devising a plan for implementation. The team scheduled an online work session with the SEA for October 26 and 28 to follow up in preparation for a face-to-face meeting on November 29–30. To support the SEA project lead, on September 15, SECC staff offered to reach out to the two new educator effectiveness staff to provide context and background for the current project work on SGGs prior to the November site meeting in Alabama. SECC is seeking to meet with the new staff to bring them up to speed on the SGG process while the leaders on the team focus on the bigger picture.
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AL Internal Program Evaluation

SECC will continue to provide support to ALSDE for the implementation of Plan 2020. Branching from the Plan 2020 project, this work will focus on building the capacity of the Research and Development section to plan and implement an internal program evaluation, with a primary focus on the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI).

Latest Work Update

There is no project activity to report for December 2015.
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Alabama/Mississippi Community of Practice

SECC staff will continue its Alabama/Mississippi interstate community of practice that focuses on sharing knowledge and expertise between state education agencies. The Alabama/Mississippi Community of Practice (AMCoP) will continue to provide a forum for Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and Mississippi Department of Education representatives and stakeholders to interact and collaborate with national experts and staff from other SEAs.

Latest Work Update

After the AMCoP planning meeting held on September 30, SECC state liaisons compiled the meeting notes and sent them to their respective states for feedback and any needed revisions. The meeting notes were finalized and sent to each state on October 31. The next AMCoP planning meeting is scheduled for January 4, 2017.
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College and Career Pathways

SECC will provide technical expertise for the Georgia Department of Education's development and implementation of career pathways for 17 career clusters. The pathways will include a career awareness program for elementary school students, a career explorations program for middle school students, and career clusters for high school students.

Latest Work Update

On October 3, Ellen Cushing, Catherine Jacques, and GeMar Neloms from the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center at AIR, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, and Barbara Wall and Dwayne Hobbs, of GaDOE, participated in a debrief of the first task force meeting in Macon on September 21. The group discussed the concern about the importance of business representation in the work. It was determined that the next meeting of the task force would be in December. On October 27, Ellen Cushing, Catherine Jacques, and GeMar Neloms from the CCRS Center, SECC's Glenda Copeland, and Dwayne Hobbs, GaDOE, participated in a call to review the preliminary agenda and proposed activity for the second meeting of the Employability Task Force in December. The group also reviewed participant evaluation survey data from the first meeting. In October, Erin McCann, SECC senior researcher, continued to provide feedback to CTAE managers on their work plans for Goal 5 of the GaDOE Strategic Plan. McCann will work with CTAE Director Wall to incorporate these plans into the overall CTAE strategic management plan.
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College- and Career-Ready State Standards Resource Review

All five states in the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) region have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a vehicle for preparing college- and career-ready students. To assist these states with their implementation of the CCSS, program associates from the SECC do an exhaustive review of the CCSS resources in order to provide the best CCSS resources to the states in the SECC region. These resources are updated twice annually to provide SECC states with guidance in implementing the CCSS.

Latest Work Update

The partial list of suggested resources was reviewed for inclusion/exclusion by SECC staff. RMC and SECC staff met and made final inclusion decisions for the first list of resources. RCC staff continued the research and evaluation of additional prospective resources for inclusion in the winter edition. Distribution expanded to include SEA staff the are participants in the SECC Assessment and Accountability Network.
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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Instructional Support Videos

The Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the CCSS for mathematics. The videos were created in collaboration with the states in the Southeast Comprehensive Center region based on their needs for professional development support for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on specific standards and includes examples and illustrations geared to enhancing understanding.

Latest Work Update

Video on standard 7.G.A.2 Part 1 was corrected and captions edited and approved. Transcripts for videos on standard 7.G.A.2 Part 1 and 7.G.A.2 Part 2 were created and forwarded for review and approval.
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Cross-State Community of Practice (CoP)

SECC staff will initiate an interstate community of practice that focused on sharing knowledge and expertise between state education agencies. The CoP will provide a forum for SEA representatives and stakeholders to interact and collaborate with national experts and staff from other SEAs.

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The monthly project update will be added as work progresses.
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Educator Evaluator Systems

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North Carolina

SECC will support NCDPI as it continues to incorporate Standard 6 (student growth component) into the North Carolina Effective Educator System (NCEES) for teachers of grades and subjects without end-of-grade (EOG), en ...continue
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Mississippi

SECC will continue to provide technical assistance to MDE with the implementation of its multiple metric principal and teacher evaluation systems that meet federal ESEA Flexibility Waiver requirements. The MDE current ...continue
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South Carolina

SCDE has developed and continues to administer, maintain, and make ongoing refinements to the ADEPT and PADEPP systems. These evaluation and support systems provide effective and consistent methods for evaluating and ...continue
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Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice

SECC will establish a regional community of practice (CoP) focused on ensuring school readiness and success of preschool-age children in the five states in its region. This CoP will provide a forum in which SEA representatives can interact and collaborate with national experts and staffs from other SEAs to learn about research-based and emerging promising practices in the area of school readiness, analyze their state's use of resources to address this topic, and develop strategies for strengthening connections between services provided through funding sources and K–12 standards and expectations in the state.

Latest Work Update

On October 3, SECC and CEELO held their monthly conference call to continue collaboration and discussion of early childhood efforts in SECC’s region and nationally. The SECC early childhood team continued to update the virtual community site with current research-based information and practices as well as early childhood news and events. The site serves as a vehicle for collaboration and knowledge building to strengthen early childhood systems across the region. The SECC early childhood team also disseminated the monthly ECCoP E-Newsletter to sustain collaborative efforts and deepen awareness of early childhood activities and efforts across the southeast region and nationally. In addition, the SECC team shared several E-Alerts with information about upcoming webinars that are important to states’ work with ESSA. The team also sought feedback from CoP members concerning how SECC can better meet their needs and to learn about topics of interest. Presently, 90% of the members have participated in the survey.
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Federal Program Support

SECC will continue to provide co-facilitation and content expertise for the MDE Federal Programs Steering Committee. The committee provides a forum in which MDE staff can interact and strengthen connections with local school districts, obtain feedback from districts on key statewide topics, analyze state practices, and identify evidence-based responses. Additionally, SECC will work with MDE on enhancing the current Office of Federal Programs’ (OFP) internal plan of work to develop a three-year systemic plan and on building the capacity of OFP staff members to provide effective TA to school districts.

Latest Work Update

As previously noted, in response to an MDE-generated request, SECC developed and submitted a proposed plan of action to the interim executive director of Office of Federal Programs (OFP) for a series of OFP trainings on federal program rules and regulations. In October, a revised schedule of trainings, which incorporated MDE feedback, was submitted and approved by OFP’s interim executive director. Potential dates for the November-January sessions also were identified by the interim executive director. Upon confirmation of the revised schedule and potential dates, SECC initiated identifying presenters and dates for the upcoming Title programs’ professional development sessions. A summary of the session presenters and proposed timeframes identified to date was submitted to the interim executive director for review and feedback.
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GA Strategic Planning and Performance Management

SECC will assist GaDOE in the development of an annual strategic planning process, by reexamining its mission, goals, strategies, and organizational structures. The SECC in collaboration with the Building State Capacity and Productivity (BSCP) Center will also aid GaDOE in improving the function of the agency by focusing on clear, measurable, and well-communicated goals and managing their performance at all levels to attain those goals.

Latest Work Update

On October 11, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, and Tara Zuber, AIR researcher, conducted a feedback session for 60 teachers to collect responses to questions from the ESSA writing teams at the Twin Towers East. SECC will provide individual reports of the feedback sessions to Matt Jones, chief of staff at GaDOE, and the ESSA writing teams. They also will provide a summary report from all sessions, including the eight regional sessions conducted by the Education First group and from the Southern Education Foundation meeting.
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Instructional Improvement System Project

North Carolina has built a robust Instructional Improvement System to manage the process of teaching and learning through a continuous improvement cycle of (a) curriculum development; (b) instructional delivery; (c) assessment at the classroom, district, and state level; and (d) the review and analysis of data. During Year 3, SECC assisted NCDPI with the development and implementation of assessment tools to gauge the use and effectiveness of IIS resources. In Year 4, SECC will assist NCDPI in developing a training tool to assist teachers in identifying and developing instructional resources and in obtaining and analyzing feedback from stakeholder groups regarding the review of ELA and math standards.

Latest Work Update

SECC staff conducted three meetings with the K–12 mathematics section chief to discuss various iterations of a mathematics survey that the SEA is planning to disseminate to educators, members of institutions of higher education, and the general public to examine and provide input to North Carolina for math course goals and objectives. Working with the SEA, SECC is also developing a draft of a protocol of decision options and surveying procedures for revising standards across the content areas.
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Low-Performing Schools Project

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Alabama

SECC staff will continue to support SEA staff with processes for implementation and oversight of the FY 2016 SIG continuation grant.

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Mississippi

SECC staff will continue to work with SEA staff in the delivery of support services to low-performing SIG, priority, and focus schools.

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South Carolina

The Office of School Leadership has been asked to add an additional layer to its Transformational Leaders Academy to support school turnaround from a district level. This project seeks to partner with the Center on Sc ...continue
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Georgia

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Mississippi English Learners

SECC will continue to assist the Office of Federal Programs in expanding state support to school districts in the area of ELs. The SECC will work with the Mississippi EL personnel and other key MDE staff to build the state’s internal capacity to implement Title III legal requirements and to facilitate the state’s provision of evidenced-based support to schools and districts serving EL students.

Latest Work Update

The MDE EL literacy specialist met with a SECC staff member via conference call on September 27 to develop a plan for the second MDE EL Advisory Panel which is scheduled for November 2 in Jackson, Mississippi. This panel meeting will follow up on the previous meeting held on August 23 to allow members to share the feedback and input they received from their stakeholders at the local level regarding the ELPA 21 standards. MDE staff sent SECC staff an outline of possible engaging activities discussed during the September 27 meeting for their review. SECC project staff members followed up with an internal meeting on September 29 to discuss and augment the work session activities and create a facilitators agenda. The SECC project team is planning to meet with MDE via GoToMeeting on October 4 to discuss the plans for the work session.
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Mississippi Internal Program Evaluations

SECC staff will support SEA staff as they design the newly instituted Office of Program Evaluation, which will reflect centralization of information regarding program evaluations administered by MDE.

Latest Work Update

There was no activity on this project during the month of September.
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MS Academics, Skills, Knowledge V (MS ASK V)

The Mississippi Academics, Skills, and Knowledge in Career and Technical Education pilot project offers six districts the unique opportunity to participate in professional development training using a coaching model, which focuses on research-based strategies designed to increase literary skills in respective CTE content areas.

Latest Work Update

On September 26, Senior TA Consultant Ramona Chauvin and Chandrea Walker, MDE’s office director II in the Secondary Education Department, were co-leaders of the Mississippi ASK-CTE Literacy Project 5’s Follow-Up Webinar 1. ASK-CTE 5 participants from CTE centers in Clarke County, Jefferson Davis County, Vicksburg County, and Yazoo City County were reminded of the project’s tasks (e.g., administration of the Gates MacGinitie Third Edition Forms S or T as a pre-test, lesson plan implementation, selection of focal students, and follow-up webinar participation). Several sites shared lessons on safety units and automotive tools that had been implemented using anticipation guides, word sorts, and the initial construction of word walls. Follow-Up Webinar 2 will take place using GoToWebinar on October 4.
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MS Early Childhood

SECC will continue to provide TA with the implementation of SB 2395 and to work with MDE early childhood staff to provide appropriate school readiness resources and services to early childhood stakeholders and program providers.

Latest Work Update

SECC and CEELO held the monthly conference call with Dr. Jill Dent, MDE director of early childhood, on October 27. A consultant from the Build Initiative also was present to understand MDE’s current need to expand its reach beyond the collaboratives by working with other preK agencies to build teachers and principals’ knowledge of the foundation of child development. Dr. Dent will be bringing a team to the Build Initiative’s Learning Table Meetings. The second cohort has been established with 10 collaboratives. Fifteen school districts are a part of these collaboratives. On October 28, the SECC early childhood team conducted a phone conference with Dr. Dent to discuss work tasks for Year 5.
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MS Strategic Planning

SECC will continue to provide technical assistance with strategic planning, as requested by MDE, including strategic planning work with the Office of Communication, Office of Accreditation, and the Office of Special Education.

Latest Work Update

In response to an MDE-generated request for feedback on its first draft of an online SSIP District Survey to evaluate MDE’s SSIP district implementation process, SECC staff served as a thought partner in reviewing and providing feedback on the survey questions. Subsequent to the SECC staff member’s review, the document was submitted for Quality Assurance review. The feedback comments were emailed to MDE and the remainder of the review team on September 21. In support of MDE’s ESSA planning efforts, the following ESSA resources were shared with key leadership staff: High Stakes for High Achievers—State Accountability in the Age of ESSA; Better Evidence, Better Choices, Better Schools: State Supports for Evidence-Based School Improvement and the Every Student Succeeds Act; Non-Regulatory Guidance: Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments; Evidence-Based Programs: New Guidance Details What ESSA Means for Research; and ESSA's Non-Academic Measure: What States Should Know About School Climate. During MDE/SECC planning conversations regarding the Year 5 Work Plan, MDE determined that this project would be concluded at the end of Year 4 (September 30), and would not be a part of the MDE/SECC Year 5 Work Plan.
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NC College and Career Data Use Project

SECC will support NCDPI as it develops evaluation strategies to support college to career readiness initiatives in schools and districts. In Year 3, SECC partnered with NCDPI staff to develop a survey tool and to analyze data to gauge counselors’ needs, collaborated to determine options for a SREB Essential Math Course evaluation plan, and began discussions to prepare for an examination of the relationship between WorkKeys and student performance in career and technical education courses. In Year 4, SECC will assist in evaluating the impact of the implementation of the SREB Essential Math Course and continue work toward the examination of the relationship between WorkKeys and student performance in CTE courses.

Latest Work Update

SECC provided NCDPI a resource on the rewriting of the federal career and technical education. This and other resources that have been provided can serve to advise SEA leaders embarking upon a study that will determine the impact of CTE program placement/ courses taken on student performance on the ACT as well as one regarding the effectiveness of an SREB Math Essentials course with which they would like support. The resources provided connect to the concept of career- and college-preparedness, which is the goal for all students completing K–12 education in North Carolina.
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NC Diverse Learners Project

NCDPI has developed an extensive array of support services for local education agencies and teachers that provide instruction for EL students. Professional development for teachers and school teams in the use of SIOP, WIDA standards, ExCELL and Linguafolio as instructional tools has been offered throughout the state for a number of years. During Year 3, SECC assisted in the development of an evaluation plan and evaluation tools for instruction and PD. In addition, SECC collaborated in a study of the achievement of American Indian students in the state. In Year 4, SECC will support NCDPI in assessing the effectiveness of its PD and PD providers, analyzing study results, and developing a plan for scaling up successful strategies for American Indian students.

Latest Work Update

In September, SECC staff completed a draft of the report of the state Title III networking webinar, which they facilitated on July 19 among four SECC states that shared a 15-minute presentation of their EL support system for technical assistance and professional development. The report includes a description of each state’s support system captured through narrative and summary tables. On September 20, the SECC team sent an email to SEA participants that included a draft of the report requesting feedback by September 28. The email also included a poll for scheduling the next webinar and a request for each state to provide topic suggestions. Next steps for SECC are to finalize and disseminate the state Title III networking webinar report to each participating state and schedule the second webinar.
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North Carolina Intermediate Structures

NCDPI provided significant levels of support to local education agencies and charter schools using Race to the Top (RttT) funds to increase academic achievement and teacher and leader effectiveness. With the end of RttT funds approaching and reductions in state and local funding in Year 3, SECC assisted the SEA in examining regional intermediate structures and investigating alternative approaches for the allocation of program and service support. During Year 4, SECC will collaborate with the SEA to examine data gathered during interviews and surveys and assist with determining next steps. SECC will assist the NCDPI in engaging in a process to examine its roles, responsibilities, and practices to more clearly align them with state board goals, NCDPI capacity, and the needs of LEAs and charter schools.

Latest Work Update

On September 13, SECC staff contacted NCDPI staff from the division of Educator Effectiveness, Federal Programs and Monitoring, Low- Performing Schools, and Data/Research and Education Policy to invite them to participate in a T4TLA webinar to receive information about the academy and participation requirements. NCDPI staff also received information on “ESSA and What States Learn About College and Career Readiness.” Information regarding the upcoming forum titled “To Accountability and Beyond” sponsored by Brustein & Manasevit was shared on September 23, to determine if the SEA planned to participate. This forum is scheduled for November 30–December 2.
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Plan 2020 Indicators

SECC will continue to provide support to ALSDE for the implementation of Plan 2020. Largely, this work will serve to support ALSDE research and development staff with approaches to data visualization and presentation using a consultative model.

Latest Work Update

The Alabama Plan 2020 SECC project staff met during their SECC quarterly meeting in Austin, Texas, in September. The project lead shared the background and the context for past work with the ALSDE research and development team then she summarized the discussion that took place at the SECC Year 5 Work Plan meeting with ALSDE. This year, the focus of the project will be using data for examining third grade literacy and mathematics. In gearing up for the work, SECC staff members began reviewing salient resources. Next steps are to contact respective ALSDE staff to begin needs sensing and designing TA plans.
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Promoting Equitable Access at the State and Local Levels Regional Institute

Each year, the SECC provides a regional institute in an identified priority area for SEAs. The SECC will support the attendance of a team from each state for the institute. Additional follow up will take place after the institute to aid statewide implementation efforts.

Latest Work Update

Two SECC states, Georgia and Mississippi, were selected to participate in the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy’s first cohort, which will allow them to collaborate to design and implement innovative talent management strategies to attract, support, and retain excellent educators in the highest need, lowest performing schools. The states were notified that the first T4TLA national conference will be December 1–2, with the introductory T4TLA webinar for RCC/SEA/LEA teams set for November 1. The two states were asked to work closely with SECC to ensure that they named and confirmed district partners and named a complete team of staff to participate. Submission of completed tables to the Great Teachers and Leaders Center (GTL) at AIR was requested by October 14. In support of the cross-department collaboration encouraged by T4T, states were asked to identify a minimum of two SEA staff and two LEA staff from each participating district, with a focus on staff who are responsible for school improvement and educator effectiveness/equitable access.
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SC Strengthening SC Charter Schools and School Choice Innovation

SCDE seeks to strengthen sponsors and expand choice options. This project seeks to offer choice for parents while bolstering the creativity, flexibility, and innovative nature of charter schools. State-level support for district (LEA) and IHEs as authorizers will also be a focus for this project in addition to strengthening the capacity of charter school sponsors and expanding choice options.

Latest Work Update

SECC staff hosted several meetings at the SECC office in addition to providing meeting space for the charter school team. SECC staff are preparing to work with the charter school team on additional revisions to the application and planning and implementation rubric. Additional TA for IHE authorizers will also be a focus for upcoming support for this team.
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SCDE Internal Evaluation Support

SECC staff will continue to support SCDE staff with implementing a state-wide system of support.

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The monthly update will be added as work progresses.
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Student Success Sustainability

NCDPI has initiated and expanded academic and instructional initiatives to support increased academic achievement, teacher leader effectiveness, and structural efficiencies. In Year 3, SECC assisted by providing sustainability PD and redesigning the agency’s panel review process for SIG schools. In Year 4, SECC will continue to provide support for the state’s lowest performing schools and assist NCDPI in developing an evaluation process for the Virtual Charter School Pilot program.

Latest Work Update

SECC staff continued work with NCDPI staff supporting virtual public charter schools to schedule interviews with virtual charter school administrators and focus groups with their board members. They also partnered with NCDPI staff to work with the charter schools to encourage participation in the parent and student surveys that were open for most of September. SECC staff met with NCDPI staff to discuss data needs for the summary reports of 2015–2016 school data for the virtual public charter schools and met with NCDPI staff to discuss preliminary parent and student survey results and reporting needs. In other work, SECC staff participated with NCDPI staff in a “Getting Better Together” webinar sponsored by Indistar on September 15.  This webinar provided information regarding new technologies that have proven effective as tools to support school improvement efforts.
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Support for Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments

SECC will work with SEAs to strengthen their plans for implementing college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) and assessments by ensuring that they are (a) identifying and providing to districts and schools high-quality resources that are supported by research-based and emerging promising practices; (b) collecting feedback from districts, schools, and teachers to determine the quality, usefulness, and relevance of the resources and supports they are providing; (c) adjusting and refining their implementation plans and resources to address identified needs or concerns; and (d) developing and implementing an assessment community of practice.

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South Carolina

South Carolina has begun a revision process for math and ELA to transition from CCSS to South Carolina Standards for math and ELA. South Carolina is also introducing a new assessment to replace Smarter Balanced. Inclu ...continue
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Support for Students with Disabilities

SECC will support the Division of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment by providing support and resources to help meet the needs of districts in implementing the Special Education Supports and Services’ State Systemic Improvement Plan, developing a statewide literacy plan, and providing technical assistance on gathering and analyzing stakeholder feedback on services provided by GaDOE.

Latest Work Update

On October 19, Beth Howard-Brown, SECC director, and Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, participated in a phone call with Deborah Gay, deputy superintendent for Federal Programs and Special Education, and Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education, to discuss their interest in examining the work of the various Georgia Learning Resource System (GLRS) centers and determining a consistent role supporting the SSIP plan in Georgia. Smith-Dixon will determine participants from her group and contact Copeland to set a date to begin the process of surveying centers to collect useful data.
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Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

SECC staff will work with the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Division to provide nonbiased and useful data from participants across the state to inform advisory groups’ recommendations on the implementation of TKES and LKES for recommended adjustments to the process and resources and consultation on evaluation issues from research and best practices.

Latest Work Update

All items and work requested for this project have been completed and the project is now closed.
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Title III and English Learner Readiness Matters

SECC staff will continue to support ALSDE through the EL Readiness Matters Committee (including staff from Teaching and Learning, Office of Student Learning/Instructional Services – CCRS Implementation, and Office of Learning Support/Federal Programs/Title III, Special Education Services, and Career and Technical Education) to build the state’s capacity to collect, review, and analyze data related to ELs as part of its Plan 2020 goals for learners and to provide evidence-based resources that support the success of ELs.

Latest Work Update

This month, SECC staff completed a draft of the report of the state Title III networking webinar, which they facilitated on July 19 among four SECC states that shared a 15-minute presentation of their EL support systems for technical assistance and professional development. The report includes a description of each state’s support system captured through narrative and summary tables. On September 20, the SECC team sent an email to SEA participants that included a draft of the report requesting feedback by September 28. The email also included a poll for scheduling the next webinar and a request for each state to provide possible topics. Next steps for SECC are to finalize and disseminate the state Title III networking webinar report to each participating state and schedule the second webinar.
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College and Career Ready – Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts Instructional Support Videos

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) has collaborated with the Center on Instruction Content Center and the states in SECC's region to design English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos to support states, schools, and teachers with the implementation of the ELA CCSS. Due to a reorganization of the content centers, collaboration efforts are at present only with the states in SECC's region. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on providing specific examples and illustrations to address the standard.

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Instructional Partners

SECC will work with the ALSDE in scaling up the Alabama Instructional Partners Program (IPP) from its 2011–2012 pilot involving 13 schools to over 100 schools statewide by 2014–2015. IPP was designed to train and place non-subject specific coaches in low-performing schools in place of the state's current system of separate reading, mathematics, science, and technology coaches.

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MDE College- and Career-Readiness Standards Scaffolding Documents

SECC will provide technical assistance to MDE in the editorial review of the mathematics and English language arts college- and career-readiness (CCR) standards scaffolding documents. The document review will focus on consistency in formatting, use of technical language, and grammatical structure.

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Mississippi Accreditation Standards Revision

This project will be an extension of the Year 2 Accreditation work. SECC staff will continue to work with MDE's Office of Accreditation to finalize the review of the state process standards, providing content expertise throughout the process.

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Mississippi Counselor Crisis Response Materials

SECC will continue to provide technical assistance to the Mississippi Crisis Task Force for the revision of "When Tragedy Strikes" and training for all school counselors in the state, as identified by the state counseling contact.

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Science Standards

South Carolina is required to regularly revise and update the state science standards every 7 years by the Education Accountability Act of 1998. The South Carolina Department of Education is in the process of revising the state science standards with infusion of engineering and cross-cutting concepts. SECC is serving as a critical friend to the core team responsible for leading the revisions of the South Carolina science standards.

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Support for Implementing Alabama’s College and Career Readiness Standards

The SECC will work with all Alabama to strengthen their plans for implementing the Alabama College and Career Standards by ensuring that they are (a) identifying and providing to districts and schools high-quality resources that are supported by research-based and emerging promising practices; (b) collecting feedback from districts, schools, and teachers to determine the quality, usefulness, and relevance of the resources and supports they are providing; and (c) adjusting and refining their implementation plans and resources to address identified needs or concerns.

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Support for Implementing Georgia’s Common Core Performance Standards

The SECC will work with Georgia to strengthen their plans for implementing the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards by ensuring that they are

  1. identifying and providing to districts and schools high-quality resources that are supported by research-based and emerging promising practices,
  2. collecting feedback from districts, schools, and teachers to determine the quality, usefulness and relevance of the resources and supports they are providing, and
  3. adjusting and refining their implementation plans and resources to address identified needs or concerns.

Support for Implementing Mississippi’s Common Core State Standards

SECC will provide high-quality resources based on research-based and emerging promising practices targeted to high-need populations. SECC will coordinate with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) to develop supports for high-need populations teachers (including special education and English learners [EL]) implementing CCSS.

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Support for Implementing North Carolina’s Common Core State Standards

The SECC will work with North Carolina to strengthen their plans for implementing the CCSS by ensuring that they are

  1. identifying and providing to districts and schools high-quality resources that are supported by research-based and emerging promising practices,
  2. collecting feedback from districts, schools, and teachers to determine the quality, usefulness and relevance of the resources and supports they are providing, and
  3. adjusting and refining their implementation plans and resources to address identified needs or concerns.

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