Projects 2017 – 2018

Mississippi School Improvement

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) in an agency-wide initiative to incorporate the Center on School Turnaround's (CST) Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework, to identify evidence-based interventions and best practices for school climate/culture and adult learning, and to revise the state’s Alternative Education Guidelines.

Technical Assistance Approach
  • Development of a Logic Model Reflecting Office of School Improvement Work
  • Implementation of CST’s Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement Framework
  • Identification of Best Practices in How to Provide Training for Adult Learners
  • Identification of Best Practices for School Climate/Culture
  • Co-Development of Agency-Wide Guidelines for Identification of Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Finalization of Revised Alternative Education Guidelines
Impact
  • Improved organizational structures and processes
  • Improved intra- and inter-organizational relationships
  • Improved support for low-performing districts and schools
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | September

The Southeast Comprehensive (SECC) met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to begin planning its November School Improvement convening to be held in Vicksburg. The SECC also shared the Year 7 Work Plan with the school improvement team for their review. In addition, SECC shared an infographic resource about observing strong evidence with MDE to inform their work.

The SECC will continue planning with MDE for its November School Improvement convening to be held in Vicksburg, which will include SECC-facilitated logic model sessions.

 

Previous Updates:

The Southeast Comprehensive (SECC) met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to begin planning its November School Improvement convening to be held in Vicksburg. The SECC also shared the Year 7 Work Plan with the school improvement team for their review. In addition, SECC shared an infographic resource about observing strong evidence with MDE to inform their work.

The SECC will continue planning with MDE for its November School Improvement convening to be held in Vicksburg, which will include SECC-facilitated logic model sessions.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) shared feedback about an evidence-based interventions rubric to be used in district plans. SECC staff met with staff from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to continue planning its November School Improvement convening to be held in Vicksburg. SECC staff completed editing the MDE alternative education guidelines.

In September, SECC will continue planning with MDE for its November School Improvement convening, which will include SECC-facilitated logic model sessions. In addition, SECC staff will prepare the MDE alternative education guidelines for Section 508 compliance. MDE leaders requested several iterations of changes with their review of the alternative education guidelines so this extends the completion timeline but will not yield any major setbacks to the task. The document is now ready for the Section 508 compliance phase.

SECC met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to begin planning its November School Improvement convening to be held in Vicksburg. Additionally, SECC shared a REL Southeast Literacy and School Improvement resource with MDE. Further, SECC is editing and infusing graphic design into the MDE alternative education guidelines. SECC also shared resources about closing discipline gaps and reinventing juvenile justice.

In August, SECC will continue planning with MDE for its November School Improvement convening that will include SECC-facilitated logic model sessions. Additionally, SECC will assist with rubric development for evidence-based interventions as submitted in district plans as well as finding relative funding exemplars to share with MDE.

As evidence of improvement, MDE moved from high-intensity collaboration and technical assistance with the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement Guidance Document to beginning to independently develop accompanying modules to be used with identified schools and applicable districts for Comprehensive and Targeted School Improvement.

SECC assisted the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) with a query regarding evidence-based strategy implementation per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Additionally, SECC shared the Comprehensive Center Network website with MDE. Further, SECC is editing and infusing graphic design into the MDE alternative education guidelines.

In July, SECC will complete editing and infusing graphic design into the alternative education guidelines and will deliver the final version to MDE.

SECC met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to work collaboratively on the school improvement project as well as to continue to codevelop the guidance document (will upload upon completion) that will foster the transition from current school improvement principles to the Center on School Turnaround’s Four Domains. SECC provided relative resources about Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation, school climate, and great district leadership in the following areas: blended learning, school choice, instructional improvement, supporting urban schools, school climate, and school safety. Additionally, SECC also met with MDE about the alternative education guidelines revisions. MDE must insert names of 2017 contributors and then submit to SECC for copy editing and graphic design. SECC provided a resource on discipline disparities with children of color.        

Beginning in June, SECC will meet virtually each month with the MDE lead staff to continue the work to transition from current school improvement principles to the Center on School Turnaround’s Four Domains. Additionally, SECC will provide copyediting and graphic design support for the revised alternative education guidelines post-receipt.

SECC staff met with Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) staff to work collaboratively on the school improvement project as well as to continue to codevelop the guidance document that will foster the transition from current school improvement principles to the Center on School Turnaround’s Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement. SECC provided relative resources about Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation, school climate, and great district leadership in the following areas: blended learning, school choice, instructional improvement, supporting urban schools, school climate, and school safety. Additionally, SECC also met with MDE about the alternative education guidelines revisions. MDE must insert names of 2017 contributors and then submit to SECC for copy editing and graphic design. In addition, SECC provided a resource on discipline disparities with children of color.

SECC met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to work collaboratively on a logic model and to finalize milestones for the school improvement project as well as to continue codeveloping the table of contents, timelines for internal vetting, and content for a guidance document that will foster the transition from current school improvement principles to the Center on School Turnaround’s (CST) Four Domains. SECC provided a resource about adolescent learning and using public and private partnerships to foster school improvement. Additionally, SECC met with MDE about the alternative education guidelines revisions. SECC also provided resources on absenteeism and discipline to MDE for review and use.

In April, SECC will meet virtually at least twice with MDE lead staff to continue the work to transition from current school improvement principles to the CST Four Domains. Additionally, SECC will provide copyediting and graphic design for the revised alternative education guidelines.

 

SECC provided a resource to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) regarding the science of adolescent learning for the purpose of secondary school improvement. Additionally, SECC met with MDE in a face-to-face meeting to work collaboratively on a logic model and to finalize milestones for the school improvement project. In March, SECC will continue to codevelop the table of contents, timelines for internal vetting, and content for a guidance document that will foster the transition from current school improvement principles. In March, SECC will meet virtually at least twice with MDE lead staff to continue the work to transition from current school improvement principles to the Center on School Turnaround’s Four Domains. Additionally, SECC is reviewing the MDE public website and the archived site for information that should be included in the manual.

SECC and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) met to plan for an upcoming face-to-face meeting in February at which Year 6 milestones will be clustered and prioritized for management purposes, the school improvement office logic model will be drafted, an MDE timeline for transitioning to the Center on School Turnaround’s (CST) Four Domains from current statewide system of support school improvement principles will be reviewed for matching tasks to cross-departmental team members, and an MDE-SECC collaborative guidance document for making said transition will continue to be codeveloped.

SECC staff invited the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to participate in a community of practice on implementing evidence-based practices. SECC staff provided MDE with resources that succinctly delineate Title program requirements per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). SECC staff also met with MDE to plan for culture and climate proficiency training for state education agency (SEA) staff and to plan for training around English learner (EL) quality programming, staff development, and parent engagement. In January, SECC and MDE plan to collaborate to establish a firm timeline and assign responsibilities to relative staff from both entities to begin drafting state-specific documents based on the Center for School Turnaround’s Four Domains Framework to be used in acclimating districts to the transition from the current seven school improvement principles to the four domains.

SECC conducted an adult learning training for MDE staff and shared adult learning resources with them. Additionally, SECC and MDE built an implementation timeline for the Center for School Turnaround’s (CST) Four Domains, backward mapping from fall 2018 to present. Further, SECC provided resources regarding eidence based policymaking, culturally responsive pedagogy, leveraging national services to improve low-performing schools in Milwaukee, U.S. errors with developing effective school principals, improving low-performing school under ESSA, and cultivating equity-oriented educators. In December, SECC will begin working on an information request regarding school climate and culture evidence-based/best practices to be completed by March 2018. Additionally, the SECC project team will meet to discuss the aforementioned Four Domains implementation timeline.

SECC provided school improvement resources to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) regarding attracting and retaining teachers in rural schools (REL Southwest report), other states’ Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan synopses, personalized learning for improving low-performing schools (webinar), and exclusionary discipline as a particular alternative education interest. SECC staff also shared evidence-based strategy research per New Mexico, Vanderbilt, Louisiana, and Massachusetts implementation with MDE. There were two calls with the executive director of school improvement to receive and give project updates, including planning for the transition to the Center on School Turnaround's (CST) Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement and the relative School Improvement conference. SECC also participated in a monthly call with the MDE school improvement team that focused on the low-performing schools needs assessment. In November, there will be two calls with the MDE executive director of school improvement to receive and give project updates, including planning for the transition to CST’s Four Domains and the relative School Improvement conference. Evidence-based strategy research will continue to be done and provided to MDE. SECC also will connect the staes of Mississippi and Alabama so that Mississippi can learn from Alabama regarding the needs assessment that it uses.