On June 1, project team members from SECC, RMC Research Corporation, Center on Innovations in Learning, and ALSDE continued planning for the MEGA Conference session on Sustainability, which will be held in Mobile July 11–15. During this meeting, the planning team agreed on revisions to the agenda that include expanded time for school teams to examine their own data and find areas of need. The team also used this planning time to confirm roles and responsibilities on the day of the session. On June 23, SECC staff sent a draft of the online evaluation survey of the conference session to the project team to provide feedback by June 28.
The School Improvement Grants (SIG) coordinator attended the national Talent for Turnaround conference held in Houston, Texas, on June 15-17. At the convening SECC project staff facilitated state team discussions regarding plans for providing students in low performing schools with access to high quality teachers and leaders.
On June 24, SECC staff met with the ALSDE SIG coordinator to refine and revise the FY 2017 SIG Local Education Agency (LEA) application rubric. ALSDE will use this scoring rubric to determine which LEAs will be awarded the SIG FY 2017 funds. During the meeting, the scoring system was revised to align with the SIG LEA Application. Additionally, the weights of each component of the rubric were revisited to ensure each was properly factored into or weighted for the grand total score. Next steps are to make final revisions in preparation for a meeting the SIG coordinator will have with ALSDE Educational Technology (Ed Tech) staff. The Ed Tech staff will convert the rubric (currently in Microsoft Excel) into an electronic document, which can be completed by applicants via Microsoft SharePoint. The SIG coordinator indicated that the LEA SIG application will released to LEAs in late July 2016. Applications will be submitted by September 2016 and final decisions by ALSDE will be made in October 2016.