Communities of Practice

SECC Assessment and Accountability Network Community of Practice

The Southeast Comprehensive Center Assessment and Accountability Network (SECC AAN) is a community of practice composed of applicable state education agency (SEA) staff in the SECC’s region. The SECC AAN provides SEAs with opportunities for cross-state networking and collaboration to address assessment and accountability problems of practice by facilitating bimonthly conversations on high-priority topics. SECC staff provide the necessary support and resources needed for SEA staff to identify, prioritize, and solve common issues while simultaneously addressing contextual differences.

SECC provides SEA staff with a safe space to discuss assessment and accountability issues related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to ask questions of their counterparts from other states. In addition, the center provides SEA staff with evidence-based ESSA implementation and assessment resources as well as learning opportunities facilitated by national experts. Outcomes for the SECC AAN include increased collaboration among SEAs as well as improved expertise and organizational processes within the participating agencies.

Archives of AAN webinar recordings are provided below. To learn more about the Assessment and Accountability Network Community of Practice, please contact Concepcion Molina.

Webinar Archive #4: Recording – SECC AAN Cross-State Discussion Series: Every Student Succeeds Requirements for Local Education Agency Support (August 21, 2018)

Webinar Archive #3: Recording – SECC AAN Cross-State Discussion Series: Strengthening Assessment Cross-Discipline Collaboration (June 15, 2018)

Webinar Archive #2: SECC AAN Cross-State Discussion Series: Accommodations for English Learners (April 11, 2018)

Webinar Archive #1: SECC AAN Cross-State Discussion Series: States' Accountability Models for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (February 9, 2017)

SECC Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice

The SECC early childhood staff works with other experts in the field to sustain a regional community of practice (CoP), which focuses on ensuring school readiness and the success of preschool-age children. The CoP provides an online site that serves as a virtual workspace for state education agency (SEA) representatives and stakeholders to interact and collaborate with national experts and staff from other organizations as well as access up-to-date research-based practices and emerging promising practices. 

In addition, the CoP provides a monthly newsletter that gives updates on early childhood resources and events. To provide expanded learning opportunities for members, the CoP also sponsors meetings and webinars such as the event featured below. To learn more about the Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice, please contact Kathleen Theodore.

Webinar Archive #3: ECCoP Standards Alignment Meeting Resources

August 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., CST

Resource File

Description: The SECC Early Childhood Community of Practice hosted a cross-state collaboration meeting on states' approaches to an early
childhood-preK–12 standards alignment.


Webinar Archive #2: Fostering Interagency Collaboration in Early Childhood

May 14, 2018, 10–11 a.m., CST


Presentation File

Description: The SECC Early Childhood Community of Practice hosted a webinar to allow state education agency staff to share ways in which they have collaborated with other agencies and state entities regarding child care, Head Start, IDEA Part B, Birth–3, K–3, etc.


Webinar Archive #1: ESSA Planning & Implementation: Integrating Early Learning into State Accountability and School Improvement

January 24, 2018, 12–1 p.m., CST


Presentation File

Description: The SECC early childhood community of practice hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Rolf Grafwallner, program director for Early Childhood Education, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO); and Dr. Lori Connors-Tadros, senior project director for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). This webinar was a follow-up to the September 2017 SECC/MWCC Early Childhood Institute panel session entitled Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in Early Childhood: Extending Conversations.

Webinar participants learned how states are incorporating early learning into ESSA planning and implementation—­­specifically, how they address the four key opportunities explained in the CCSSO/CEELO Birth to Grade 3 Indicator Framework. The webinar highlighted one state’s efforts and vision for providing technical assistance and collaborative support to districts. In addition, participants learned about next steps for planning and implementation and had opportunities to ask questions. Additional materials that were shared by the presenters during the event also are available. 


    SECC Equity Dialogues: Increasing Opportunities to Improve Outcomes for Students

    As states implement their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is focusing on building the knowledge and skills of agency staff to support implementation of equity strategies by local education agencies (LEAs). To accomplish this, SECC is providing technical assistance, facilitation, and training in the area of equitable access. To kick off this work, SECC hosted an Equity Summit, Accountable Leadership: Opportunities for Equitable Systems, November 29–30, 2018, in Jackson, Mississippi, for the five states in its region. To access additional information about the summit, visit the event site.

    To learn more about the Equity Dialogues Community of Practice, please contact Tammie Causey-Konaté.