The Georgia Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) team participated in the T4TLA National Meeting 2 on May 11–12. Team members included the Georgia Department of Education’s Will Rumbaugh and Deborah McLendon; Dougherty School District’s Kenneth Dyer, associate superintendent; Ufot Inyang, associate superintendent; Rodney Bullard, Albany High School principal; and Paulette Richmond, director of School Improvement. The team participated in a check-in poster session/museum tour, four domains of rapid improvement, bold talent management benchmarks, concurrent breakouts, and team action planning. SECC staff member Glenda Copeland provided on-site technical assistance and support to the team.
The objectives of the T4TLA meeting were as follows: (a) inform and learn from colleagues from other states and districts about work being done to identify and address talent management challenges in high-need schools, (b) learn about and apply knowledge of developing the educator workforce needed for turning around our highest need schools, (c) use boldness benchmarks to assess and strengthen plans, and (d) develop and share action plans that incorporate monitoring benchmarks and relevant new information that will guide future work. The T4TLA National Meeting 2 was hosted by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, Center on School Turnaround, Northeast Comprehensive Center, and West Comprehensive Center. Next steps are to continue development and implementation of the Georgia T4TLA action plan.