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). The SECC is providing technical assistance, facilitation, and training to support this process in the area of equitable access.
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), with support from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), has developed a school improvement framework, which is under review by SCDE senior-level administration. The SECC is continuing to provide support by assisting the SCDE in the development of an evaluation of the Transformation Coach Program in the state.
The Southeast Comprehensive Center is assisting the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in developing a system of communication and monitoring to enhance intradepartmental communication and monitoring efforts. The co-development of these communication and monitoring tools are aiding SCDE staff in working more effectively.
The Southeast Comprehensive Center is assisting the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in the development of its statewide balanced literacy plan (birth–Grade 12); providing research-based practices on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements; helping the agency to utilize evidenced-based practices, strategies, and resources; reviewing documents; and providing feedback on state education agency (SEA) work.
The Southeast Comprehensive Center is providing technical assistance (TA) to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff to refine the regional support model, including designing meetings of academic division leaders and creating communication protocols and professional development tools. SECC experts also will share research on education-based case management systems and data-based decision-making to inform district supports provided by NCDPI.
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is working with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff to strengthen the Global Ready program through revised district and school renewal procedures and support for educators pursuing certification, as informed by qualitative data collection and analysis. The SECC staff also will strengthen personalized learning practices through trainings and resources delivered to NCDPI staff to promote consistent implementation statewide.
To address the needs for talent management, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing evidence-based resources and professional learning materials to inform district- and state-developed plans to increase teacher recruitment and retention. For the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA), SECC is delivering professional learning on key topics related to recruiting, developing, and maintaining high-quality teachers.
To address the need for support with the implementation of the state’s new theoretical model of support for low-performing schools (LPS), the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing evidence-based resources and materials to enhance the implementation of the new system of support at the state and local education agency levels.
To address the need for increased training and support on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning (CLRTL), the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing evidence-based resources for Grades preK–12. The SECC also is providing ongoing meeting facilitation to co-develop professional learning modules and provide meeting facilitation on CLRTL practices as well as assisting the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) with identifying indicators of ineffective teachers.
As a part of the Talent for Turnaround (T4T) partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and the Center on School Turnaround (CST), Georgia requested to take part in the T4T Leadership Academy, which focused on identifying root causes for their most urgent problems. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is continuing to work with the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) to support Dougherty County School District and other identified school districts to address issues of teacher quality and induction support.