Projects

SCDE Internal Systems

Background

The SECC staff will continue to support SCDE staff with implementing a state-wide system of support to provide effective and consistent methods for evaluating and supporting all educators and administrators across the state’s school districts. This project will develop a system to measure student growth and incorporate that measure into the current evaluation systems. 

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Project Updates

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There was no activity for September.

 

Previous Updates:

There was no activity for September.

SECC staff shared resources from the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center on the upcoming Strategic Communications Toolbox Webinar Series with SCDE’s Jennifer Morrison, chief strategy officer.

There was no activity on this project during the month of April.

During March, SECC staff reviewed research-based/best practices to assists SCDE staff in developing a rubric for the four levers of quality underlying their educational initiatives. SECC staff developed an “ideal” statement based on the review to anchor the rubric criteria for each of the levers and provided the document to SCDE staff to continue building out the rubric.

SECC staff continues to assist SCDE staff with the development of a glossary defining the terminology used in the SCDE strategic plan and rubric.

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.

SECC staff collaborated on a draft agenda for the February 9–10 meeting with SCDE staff for developing a logic model/theory of action for strategic plans and dissemination strategies.

SECC staff held a conference call with the chief strategy officer at SCDE regarding the development of the strategic plan logic model and communication plan. SECC shared and discussed example templates and various ways of portraying the strategic plan. A work session was planned for February 9–10 to meet with the Chief Strategy Office and a few staff to begin developing the logic model and to meet with the director of the communications department to discuss dissemination strategies.

SECC staff held a conference call with the chief strategy officer at SCDE regarding strategies for further organizing the strategic work of the department. Discussions were held around methods for communicating the strategic plan elements to all program directors and illustrating the areas in which collaboration across programs is needed and expected. Other areas of focus in the upcoming months include developing a logic model of the SCDE strategic plan for guiding continuous improvement as well as for monitoring services and supports, developing strategies for assessing fidelity to state/federal laws, and ensuring the return on public investment. Next steps include a December conference call and a meeting after the first of the year to begin work on the logic model.

SECC staff held a conference call with the chief strategy officer at the SCDE regarding SECC assistance with the statewide plan for supporting educators and administrators across the state’s school districts. The team discussed the the status of the department’s plans and areas of needed support. SECC provided the BSCP Center’s document, Strategic Performance Management, for review with a focus toward determining whether the BSCP Center may be helpful in further refining SCDE’s plans. Further discussion on SECC assistance centered around the codevelopment of timelines, indicators, and tools to assess the department’s effectiveness in providing services and support on a continuous basis. A follow-up email/conversation is planned for the first week in November.