Staff from SECC staff and its partner, AIR, cofacilitated a work
session entitled Developing the Title III AMAO District
Improvement Plan with MDE Title III staff. The team conducted
regional training in Oxford, Jackson, and D’Iberville for school
districts not meeting AMAOs (annual measurable achievement
objectives) and introduced districts to continuous improvement
processes for serving English learners (ELs). Districts were able to set language goals, analyze data related to ELs, self-assess their
current processes and practices, and determine possible research-based strategies for improving their programs. In addition to
facilitating these work sessions, staff at MDE provided
expectations regarding the Title III District Improvement Plans and offered continued support to districts in attendance.
On February 13, a planning conference call between SERRC and SECC was conducted. During the call, staff brainstormed potential SSIP technical assistance to be provided to the MDE, staff
assignments, and next steps to move the special education work
forward. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, the February 28 MDE/SERRC/SECC conference call was postponed until March 2014. Staff from SECC met with the MDE SPED (special
education) director on February 20 to discuss the status of the
SSIP work. During the meeting, March 4 was identified as the date for the joint collaborative conference call.