On February 9–10, SECC staff, Erin McCann and Rachel Trimble, attended a work session with Jennifer Morrison, chief strategy officer, and Lydia Hutto from SCDE. The work consisted of several tasks: thought-partnering/ brainstorming/ facilitating (a) the design of a one-page document to convey the essence of the state’s strategic plan to stakeholders, both internally and external to the SCDE; (b) the development of criteria for four levers of quality underlying the SCDE initiatives; and (c) the design of an activity to assist SCDE staff in connecting their specific work to expected outcomes and impacts for South Carolina students. After developing the one-page document reflecting the strategic plan and researching criteria for the four levers of quality, the team solicited and received feedback from others at the department to further refine the documents.
SECC staff are currently working to provide research-based/best practice evidence and references for the “ideal” end of a rubric reflecting the criterion of the quality levers. SCDE staff will add the low to moderate/medium categories for the rubric. SECC staff also are developing a glossary defining the terminology used in the SCDE strategic plan and rubric.