Project Spotlight: Recruiting, Developing, and Maintaining Effective Teachers (Summer/Fall 2018)

How can states attract, develop, and maintain effective teachers in high-needs school districts? The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is helping to address this challenge with the Mississippi Talent Management Project. SECC is providing evidence-based resources, professional learning materials, and technical assistance to inform district- and state-developed plans to increase teacher recruitment and retention. A key part of this work is the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA), through which SECC is delivering data-focused training on key topics related to recruiting, developing, and maintaining high-quality teachers. In addition, SECC is providing meeting facilitation and implementation support for Mississippi’s mentoring and induction (M&I) pilot and the Diverse Learner-Ready Teacher (DLRT) initiative, which is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The three streams of work that make up his project—T4TLA, DLRT, and M&I—respond strategically and collectively to the urgent need for equitable educational opportunities designed to build upon the talents of all learners and all educators across the P–K–20 educational continuum. According to Tammie Causey-Konate, Ph.D., SECC deputy director and project lead, at the recent 3-day CCSSO convening in Chicago, the DLRT team’s announcement that it had been awarded a $4.1758 million dollar Kellogg Foundation grant crystalized the strides Mississippi is making to support its initiatives for innovative talent management for school turnaround. To learn more about this project and other state-based work, visit SECC’s website at Overviews by State.

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