Projects 2017 – 2018

Georgia ESSA Support

As part of "Educating Georgia's Future," the Georgia Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is focusing on building the knowledge and skill of agency staff to support implementation of strategies by local education agencies. The objective is to effectively utilize a comprehensive needs assessment process for improving teaching and learning across the state. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing technical assistance, facilitation, and training to support the above process.

Technical Assistance Approach
  • Development of Training on the State Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Implementation of Support for Districts and Schools to Improve Instruction for Identified Needs
Impact
  • Improved organizational structures and processes
  • Improved knowledge and skills
  • Increased capacity of GaDOE staff to implement requirements of ESSA plan and improved use of a consolidated needs assessment by districts and schools across Georgia
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | September

Project is completed and there are no further updates.

 

Previous Updates:

Project is completed and there are no further updates.

Project is completed and there are no further updates.

The SECC Georgia state liaison met separately with the Federal Programs associate superintendent and Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) chief of staff to discuss progress on the goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Support project. Both discussed the importance of the facilitated process led by SECC staff to clarify and define roles of the various groups that are part of the support process for school and district continuous improvement in the state. They expressed their appreciation of SECC as a “thought partner” and the value of collection and analysis of staff feedback in guiding their development of the final structure, roles, and responsibilities of each of the groups in providing targeted support.

Based on the analysis of leadership at GaDOE, the project has been completed and no further support is needed.

GaDOE has shared with staff and statewide stakeholders the structure and services that will be provided for all schools and districts in Georgia to support comprehensive improvement.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and SECC staff identified and began drafting a protocol to guide the work of Comprehensive Improvement Teams.

Based on the evolution of the planning process by the GaDOE Steering Committee, work on this project is currently on hold as GaDOE divisional relationships continue to be negotiated and resolved.

As evidence of improvement, the GaDOE Steering Committee has resolved the structure for management of the Continuous Improvement Process for supporting local education agencies (LEAs) and schools across the state. Lead responsibilities for management of support for LEAs and schools beyond the first (Universal) level have moved from Federal Programs to the School Improvement division.

SECC Georgia State Liaison and staff, and the REL Southeast evaluator met with members of the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) leadership team to review results of the survey sent to members of the Comprehensive Improvement Team (CIT) and their managers about their beliefs and skills they bring to implement the GaDOE improvement process to local education agencies (LEAs) and schools. The team participated in a co-interpretation process to identify findings to guide the professional development (PD) and support needed for effective teams. Additionally, SECC collected and reviewed participant feedback regarding their understanding of current roles of review teams and implications for changed expectations by GaDOE, resulting in guidance for supporting change by CIT members and leaders.

In June, GaDOE Leadership Team and SECC staff co-presented a webinar to share outcomes of survey and solicit feedback from team members on the findings that were identified to inform planning for August staff meetings. Also, SECC will work with the GaDOE leadership team to review feedback and begin planning for the CIT meeting and PD in August.

As evidence of improvement, it has become apparent to GaDOE project leaders that additional discussions across various divisions will be required to more clearly define working relationships among all members of the CIT.

The SECC Georgia state liaison, other SECC staff, and the REL Southeast evaluator met with 26 managers and directors of projects in Federal Programs, Special Education, School Improvement, Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to introduce changes to the comprehensive needs assessment process that extends beyond the Comprehensive Local Education Agency (LEA) Improvement Process (CLIP) at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to include more comprehensive and targeted technical assistance to districts. Additionally, the team will collect and review participant feedback regarding their understanding of current roles of review teams and implications for changed expectations by GaDOE, resulting in guidance for supporting change by Comprehensive Improvement Team (CIT) members and leaders. 

The SECC Georgia state liaison met with the deputy superintendent for Federal Programs, the director of Special Education, and the associate superintendent for Federal Programs to discuss the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) needs to effectively implement the Comprehensive Needs Assessment with local education agencies (LEAs). The goal is to define a process that will be used by each of the GaDOE internal teams to improve their practice and ensure that there is consistent and equitable technical assistance (TA) for all LEAs’ continuous improvement process. Additionally, SECC collected and reviewed materials previously developed by federal programs and special education that can be used to identify resources available and those needed to provide professional development (PD) for support teams and identify guidance in providing TA to LEAs.

 

In April, the GaDOE leadership team and SECC staff will meet to further refine goals, outcomes, and deliverables for the project. Also, SECC will hold the first meeting of the design team to collect data regarding PD needs of team members to be more effective in providing TA to LEAs in the continuous improvement process. As evidence of improvement, SECC is identifying leadership team members critical to defining the need and providing the assistance needed by LEAs to be more successful in engaging in a continuous improvement process.

The SECC Georgia state liaison met with the deputy superintendent for Teaching and Learning and the associate superintendent for Federal Programs at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and were joined via phone by the SECC director to identify GaDOE staff needs to effectively support local education agencies (LEAs) successfully implementing the revised comprehensive needs assessment template. In March, SECC will identify staff and resources to provide professional development to build capacity of the GaDOE Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP) support teams. As evidence of improvement, after initial experiences of the teams, GaDOE leadership recognizes the need for staff development in skills required to provide effective support of LEAs and to develop consistent support across all teams across the state.

The SECC Georgia state liaison participated in the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) professional learning sessions on the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) and Building Capacity for Supporting School & District Effectiveness by the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI). In February, SECC staff will meet with the GaDOE chief of staff and deputy superintendent to identify strategies that SECC will provide to support implementation of the comprehensive needs assessment that is housed on the CCRPI platform.

The SECC director and SECC Georgia state liaison met with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) chief of staff, the associate superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and the associate superintendent for Federal Programs, to review the proposed SECC work plan for ESSA implementation. It was determined that the GaDOE steering group must meet in January to review the overall implementation of the consolidated needs assessment. Additionally, the SECC Georgia state liaison will participate in data use training with school improvement, teaching and learning, and federal programs staff and leaders from GaDOE in January to assist districts and schools to effectively utilize the consolidated needs assessment process to utilize federal funds to address identified needs. In January, the SECC Georgia state liaison will meet with representatives of the steering group to discuss their overall implementation plan and identify specific assistance requested from SECC. Evidence of impact includes GaDOE’s recognition of and commitment to the need to document the plan for implementation that includes all stakeholders and work groups for the greatest success.

SECC’s Georgia state liaison met with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) chief of staff to review the work plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation support. It was determined that new leadership in federal programs and revisions to the comprehensive needs assessment process make it important to bring together all leadership involved with implementation to review and provide input on strategies and milestones for the work. In December, SECC staff will identify key GaDOE leaders and schedule a meeting to provide details to the work plan, identify responsibilities, and review milestones. Evidence of improvement includes revisions to the first consolidated needs assessment from district feedback and incorporation into the longitudinal student data system (LSDS). Additionally, it is the priority of the GaDOE superintendent and leadership to support effective implementation.

The SECC director, Georgia state liaison, and a SECC staff member met with a REL Southeast representative via phone to discuss the work that has been requested related to literacy implementation in Georgia through both the REL and SECC. The group identified areas in which the requests are consistent and where there are opportunities for connecting the requests in more transparent ways. Work with the State Support Network also was reviewed based on Georgia’s comprehensive needs assessment. In December, SECC staff will identify key Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) leaders and schedule a meeting to provide details to the work plan, identify responsibilities, and review milestones. Evidence of improvement includes revisions to the first consolidated needs assessment from district feedback and incorporation into the longitudinal student data system (LSDS). Additionally, it is the priority of GaDOE superintendent and leadership to support effective implementation. In November, SECC and REL Southeast will draft a summary document outlining their understanding of the work requested and how the projects can be presented as a cohesive project that addresses the goals of both requests. A face-to-face meeting with the GaDOE deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction will be scheduled to review the summary and make revisions as needed. By way of improvement, materials and professional development opportunities that were shared with the GaDOE deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction have been approved, and she has shared them with teachers who are currently enrolled in a MOOC on Teaching Foundational Reading Skills.