Projects

Strengthen SEAs’ Support of Districts and Schools

Background

The SECC will serve as a collaborating partner to identify and facilitate work with other individuals or organizations to address specific needs or issue-specific concerns. Opportunities to connect with other states with similar interests will be supported as well as opportunities to engage in collaborative meetings that bring leaders together to learn with and from each other. SECC will continue to support use of the Indistar data management system by schools and districts in the state.

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On September 19 and 20, the GaDOE Induction and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) evaluation specialist met with the district leadership of Dougherty County School District to learn about the roles and responsibilities of the district leaders, principals and induction teachers in ensuring an effective induction program and desired outcomes. On September 20, the participants included Dougherty County School District associate superintendent the and GaDOE district effectiveness specialist. This group identified the role of district support specialists in support of the Dougherty County induction process.

 

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On September 19 and 20, the GaDOE Induction and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) evaluation specialist met with the district leadership of Dougherty County School District to learn about the roles and responsibilities of the district leaders, principals and induction teachers in ensuring an effective induction program and desired outcomes. On September 20, the participants included Dougherty County School District associate superintendent the and GaDOE district effectiveness specialist. This group identified the role of district support specialists in support of the Dougherty County induction process.

SECC and GaDOE senior leadership staff met with the Dougherty County Schools leadership team to review their most recent work plan, identify next steps and persons responsible, and specify agenda items for the September meeting.

In addition, SECC leadership staff members and a State Support Network staff member met with the director of the GaDOE School Improvement Office, to update her on the work of SECC in the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) with Dougherty County Schools and to identify priorities for assistance from SECC in the coming year.

July 17 was the first day for Stephanie Johnson as deputy superintendent of School Improvement at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, met with Johnson on July 25 to introduce her to the work of SECC and the content center network. Special attention was devoted to the work that School and District Effectiveness staff have been engaged in with Dougherty County Schools as part of the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA). Dr. Patty Rooks, regional director of support services for Dougherty, and Deborah McLendon, district effectiveness specialist, have indicated their support and commitment to work with the district. Johnson enthusiastically gave her support for continuing this work and possibly identifying an additional district from another part of the state to broaden lessons learned that will influence delivery of support across Georgia. On July 31, Will Rumbaugh, director of School and District Effectiveness, retired from GaDOE. Rumbaugh led the T4TLA engagement with Dougherty County, served as advisor with the League of Innovators for the Center on Innovations in Learning, and lead services provided to identified schools and districts in Georgia. 

In June, Will Rumbaugh, GaDOE director of School and District Effectiveness; and Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison; participated in the Center on Innovation in Learning’s annual Conversations with Innovators in Philadelphia. Rumbaugh served as a moderator for one of the discussion sessions: On the Ground: SEA Examples of Innovation in Action. Presenters from Michigan and the Virgin Islands discussed their efforts in implementing personalized learning and how they are overcoming challenges to implementation. Being able to share experiences with others and learn from each other is one of the important benefits for education leaders.

 

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.

On March 30, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, and GaDOE staff Will Rumbaugh, director of School and District Effectiveness; Patty Rooks, South Regional director; and Deborah McLendon, district effectiveness specialist; met to revise the support provided to Dougherty County to support the work with the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy to prevent future teacher departures, especially those in high-needs schools. Leaders in the county approved the revisions and are on schedule.

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.

As a consequence of the second tornado outbreak to hit the Dougherty County School District area in January, there has been no activity with the district regarding the T4TLA project during February. On February 9, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison; and Deborah McLendon, GaDOE district effectiveness specialist, worked together to identify information needed to complete a streamlined planning tool for the T4TLA project.

On January 17, Will Rumbaugh, GaDOE director of School Improvement; Deborah McLendon, GaDOE district effectiveness specialist; and Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia State Liaison, met with Kenneth Dyer, associate superintendent, Dougherty County Schools; Rodney Bullard, principal of Albany High School; and Paulette Richmond, director of School Improvement, at the Dougherty County Schools office in Albany, Georgia. The group reviewed the work they did at the December 2016 conference in Washington, D.C., and affirmed their focus on supporting and retaining teachers in the district. The group left with next steps to survey current and former teachers about reasons for leaving or things that would encourage them to stay in the district and to bring together alternative program providers and the local college to examine best practices for induction and support of new teachers.

On December 1–2, GaDOE’s Will Rumbaugh, director of School Improvement; Deborah McLendon, district effectiveness specialist; Kenneth Dyer, Dougherty associate superintendent and chief financial officer; Rodney Bullard, principal of Albany High School; Paulette Richmond, Dougherty County director of school improvement; and Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, participated in a two-day T4T Leadership Academy National Meeting in Washington, D.C. The group participated in activities to examine coherence and alignment in state and district talent management systems. The team examined data from the state and district to identify challenges they face in ensuring their students have effective teachers and principals. The group left with next steps in designing a talent management approach. They will meet next in Albany, Georgia, on January 17.

On November 1, GaDOE’s Rumbaugh and SECC’s Copeland participated in a call with the leaders of the T4T Leadership Academy in preparation for collecting data for activities at the first national meeting of the participating states and districts. On November 21, Copeland hosted a phone conference with GaDOE staff and Dougherty County Schools staff who will attend the meeting December 1–2 in Washington, D.C.

On October 5, Georgia was notified it was selected to participate in the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA). Georgia was one of eight states and the District of Columbia selected for Cohort 1. Georgia confirmed selection of the district and team with whom they will partner with over the coming year. The first webinar for this academy will take place on November 1. On October 12, GaDOE’s Will Rumbaugh participated in Making Connections: Transforming School Turnaround Leadership Policy & Practice, along with Glenda Copeland and other SECC staff with the Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Chicago. During the session, Catherine Barbour and Matthew Clifford, from AIR's Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, presented workshops on hiring and recruitment and development and retention.