SECC staff collaborated with the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) by facilitating a roundtable discussion in which state education agencies (SEAs) explored a research framework for reading and its implication for reading instruction. Additionally, SECC staff conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. Also, SECC staff disseminated the May E-newsletter to state agencies’ early childhood staff and stakeholders. Further, SECC staff and staff from CEELO conducted their monthly meeting to collaborate and coordinate technical assistance support to SECC early childhood SEA specialists. Finally, SECC and CEELO staff provided targeted assistance to the South Carolina Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) director by providing thought partnering and feedback on OELL’s process to develop a comprehensive literacy plan and by sharing resources of other states’ comprehensive literacy plans.
In July, SECC staff will continue to provide targeted assistance to SEAs and to plan the next cross-state collaboration meeting for SEA early childhood specialists, which will include follow-up activities based on the information SEAs received from the CEELO Roundtable Meeting.
As evidence of improvement, SEA early childhood specialists in SECC’s region are collaborating by reaching out to other states to learn what they are doing. For example, South Carolina’s director was interested in receiving information from other states as well as talking with staff from other states. Mississippi continues to share its successes with its Early Learning Collaborative through keynote addresses. Recently, the Mississippi state superintendent gave the keynote for the 2018 CEELO Roundtable Meeting.