On March 17, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, and Deborah McLendon, GaDOE district effectiveness specialist, facilitated a planning session with leaders from Dougherty County to confirm the management strategies identified in the January 17 planning session. The group prioritized the work that can be completed prior to the May 11–12 national meeting and updated the timeline. SECC will review surveys to be used with departing teachers or those with more than 5 years of service to help determine what might prevent future teacher departures, especially in high-needs schools.
In continuation of the Mississippi regional Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) initiative, SECC met March 30 with MDE staff and representatives from the two participating school districts, Holmes County and Yazoo City. The meeting began with thoughtful reflections on developing systems that attract, retain, and support the talent necessary to accomplish the work. Following the reflective discussions, updates on the T4TLA work that had been achieved since the January 2017 meeting were provided by participants. MDE provided an interactive discussion on its data systems and the relationship to the T4TLA work. December 2016–March 2017 T4TLA milestones were reviewed, followed by a discussion of talent challenges, including teaching conditions. Participants identified a key priority for future T4TLA work, and began work on completing their team action plan templates, as groundwork for the upcoming national T4TLA meeting. Next steps include MDE and the two districts continuing work on their T4TLA action plans in preparation for the second national T4TLA meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 11–12, 2017. Upon receipt from the national T4TLA committee, SECC will share pre-work assignments with the Mississippi team.