Projects 2017 – 2018

Mississippi Talent Management

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is continuing to support Mississippi Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) districts with the alignment of statewide talent management efforts to district-level talent management based on the CST’s Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework. Also, SECC is providing technical assistance to support recruitment and retention efforts through teacher preparation, induction, implementation and monitoring for continuous improvement, data audits and analyses, and tiered licensure as well as TA support and resources relevant to English learner pedagogical content and programming.

Technical Assistance Approach
  • Development of Theories of Action for T4TLA Districts
  • Five-Year Research-Based Induction Plan
  • Thought and collaboration partnering to roll out OTL's Solutions Group
  • Coordination of Services of Regional Educator Preparation Groups
  • Development of a Tiered Licensure System for Teachers
  • Development of EL Training for Teachers
  • Identification of EL Parental Engagement Strategies
Impact
  • Improved organizational structures and processes
  • Improved intra- and inter-organizational relationships
  • Increased capacity to expand the pool of qualified teacher candidates, including EL teacher candidates
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | September

During early September and in preparation for the third national convening of Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA), the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Mississippi T4T lead to reflect upon outcomes associated with T4T and the progress of the Mentoring and Induction (M&I) Affinity Group and to wrap up planning for a face-to-face meeting of all participating T4T districts. The planning culminated in a “T4T Reboot” meeting (consisting of a recap of T4T and the M&I Affinity group work along with a talent- and student-focused data dig) hosted by Yazoo City Municipal School District on September 6. In addition to the Yazoo City team, participants from SECC, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Quitman County, Clarksdale, and Greenwood Public Schools participated. One week later, the Mississippi project lead and her team replicated the data dig activity with a team of Clarksdale school principals, at the request of the assistant superintendent, who had participated in the September 6 meeting. On October 8, a T4TLA virtual meeting will be held with Mississippi districts and MDE staff.

 

Previous Updates:

During early September and in preparation for the third national convening of Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA), the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Mississippi T4T lead to reflect upon outcomes associated with T4T and the progress of the Mentoring and Induction (M&I) Affinity Group and to wrap up planning for a face-to-face meeting of all participating T4T districts. The planning culminated in a “T4T Reboot” meeting (consisting of a recap of T4T and the M&I Affinity group work along with a talent- and student-focused data dig) hosted by Yazoo City Municipal School District on September 6. In addition to the Yazoo City team, participants from SECC, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Quitman County, Clarksdale, and Greenwood Public Schools participated. One week later, the Mississippi project lead and her team replicated the data dig activity with a team of Clarksdale school principals, at the request of the assistant superintendent, who had participated in the September 6 meeting. On October 8, a T4TLA virtual meeting will be held with Mississippi districts and MDE staff.

During early August, staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Mississippi Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) lead to discuss the Evidence of Progress Questionnaire and upcoming interviews with T4T state teams and preparation for the third national convening. During early August, SECC and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL) Diverse & Learner-Ready Teachers (DLRT) initiative’s research team met with Mississippi DLRT co-leads to discuss the status of the Mississippi action plan and related implementation progress. One week later, SECC/GTL DLRT research team provided written DLRT feedback to the Mississippi DLRT team. The feedback was discussed and next steps agreed upon. Three days after the stocktake, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) convened a meeting of regional comprehensive centers that might potentially support the ongoing DLRT work in states they served. SECC staff participated in this meeting. At the end of August, the SECC/GTL team had a follow-up meeting with the Mississippi DLRT team co-lead to clarify next steps and discuss literature provided to support those steps. In addition, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) hosted a convening of “minority” male educators as part of their ongoing efforts to diversify the educator workforce. In support of this convening and the focus groups conducted during the convening, SECC worked with MDE in the co-development of the focus group protocol. On August 15, the Mississippi Mentoring & Induction (M&I) Affinity group participated virtually in Workshop 6 – Induction Program Monitoring and Continuous Improvement (M&I Affinity). At the end of August, representatives of the state’s M&I team met to plan an upcoming face-to-face T4T/M&I meeting being hosted by Yazoo City Municipal School District. During early August, the SECC leadership and MDE leadership team, which included the chief academic officer and the representatives of the Offices of Teaching and Leading, Federal Programs, School Improvement, and Secondary Education, met to plan for Year 7.

 

In September, the T4TLA meeting will take place in Yazoo City. The completed Evidence of Progress Questionnaire Engagement of T4TLA/ M&I team members in the virtual meeting, the planning of the September meeting, and commitment to attend the third national convening set to take place in November.

Near the end of July, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Mentoring and Induction (M&I) Affinity Group lead met with SECC staff to revisit and flesh out the M&I action plan. Additionally, in mid-July, SECC staff presented a session titled, Closing the Opportunity Gap through Culturally Responsive Teaching, during the Mississippi Elevate Teacher Conference. Later in July, the MS Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) team leads met with deans from institutions of higher education (IHEs) to negotiate opportunities for DLRT-related partnering. The team also scheduled its stocktake meeting and set the meeting agenda to discuss the status of the team’s progress, to establish next steps, and to identify resources needed to support ongoing work. The MDE M&I lead disseminated a calendar of proposed dates for mentoring site visits and conference calls so that SECC, MDE, and the local education agency (LEA) mentors could coordinate scheduling for ongoing support. Guidance documents for mentor-mentee interactions also were provided in this communication. The Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) – TXCC Rural Cross-State Collaborative lead reached out to MDE to invite their engagement in an upcoming event focused on Grow-Your-Own (GYO) Programs in rural districts and schools. As a need-sensing mechanism, the collaborative lead posed three questions for MDE’s consideration: (1) what types of GYO programs (e.g., high school, adult education, and career and technical education [CTE]) are of interest to you, (2) what questions would you like the convening to examine, and (3) what are dates for her to avoid when scheduling the next event. Further, the MDE M&I lead and SECC staff also met to discuss the goals of upcoming national Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) convening and to consider team membership for the convening. They made plans for the group’s next face-to-face meeting, tentatively set to take place in September and to identify potential locations for the meeting.

SECC will host and facilitate a M&I Affinity Group face-to-face meeting in Quitman County in early September. SECC will continue to support mentoring site visits (ongoing) and mentoring check-in conference calls (ongoing).

Since the June Statewide Mentoring convening, several participating districts have followed up with requests to MDE to garner copies of the presentations and resources shared. MDE hosted a 2-day mentor training event, which was attended by all but one of the 12 LEA mentors. During July, a 13th mentor was recruited to join the LEA mentor team. The July Mississippi Elevate Teacher Conference, which was designed to promote high-quality culturally responsive programming for high student expectations, was attended by more than 600 educators.

In early June, SECC and the executive director of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and his team met to continue working to preserve and tap the institutional memory of OTL to improve decision-making and increase the capacity to achieve priorities. During the meeting, the team reviewed and updated the OTL personnel profile, reviewed and revised the product inventory template, and initiated discussion about potential platforms and databases to be used to manage assets. As a next step, the team agreed to disseminate the inventory template to other OTL staff for them to add to the content. In mid-June, SECC met with the OTL team to begin compiling a product inventory of tools, resources, and deliverables developed by OTL staff. During the meeting, next steps for the follow-up meeting were determined, and SECC served as a thought partner to assist with planning an OTL presentation for the upcoming September State Board meeting. The meeting participants brainstormed the outline for the meeting and began to flesh that out in the form of a PowerPoint, which set out to do the following: clarify the vision of OTL; provide an overview of the work and accomplishments of OTL; take stock of the progression of the work over the course of 12 months; and demonstrate the utility, timeliness, and relevance of OTL processes, projects, and products.

Additionally, on June 18, the deliverologist for the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) initiative and the SECC Talent Management co-leads met with the MDE DLRT lead/executive director of OTL to discuss the status of the team’s work, to offer support in the way of resources, technical assistance (TA), and guidance on the development and implementation of the team’s action plan. Further, on June 25, MDE hosted the day-long Mentorship and Induction Workshop (M&I) 1.0. to M&I pilot districts and a host of other districts in Flowood, Mississippi. SECC presented a session titled, Mentoring and Induction Needs Assessment and Action Planning, and led the culminating roundtable activity, Anticipated Challenges and Barriers: Setting Conditions for Success. In addition, the lead from the Yazoo City pilot district shared lessons learned from her M&I launch experience and early lessons from the district’s emerging M&I program. Also, during the June MS M&I Affinity Group attended and participated in Workshop 4: Using ESSA Funding for Multiyear Mentoring and Induction webinar. The team acquired strategies and additional information for exploring options for funding the M&I program using ESSA funding. On the following day, SECC met with the MDE Talent Management lead to discuss the participation and takeaways of MDE and its local education agencies (LEAs); the pertinence of content to the M&I pilot, and strategies to bolster the engagement of the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) LEAs.

In July, SECC will continue work on fleshing out the OTL personnel profile, the OTL product inventory, and the State Board PowerPoint. Additionally, the MS DLRT team is set to meet in July for a stocktake meeting to provide an update on its progress. Also, OTL will host the Mississippi Elevate Teacher Conference on July 23–24 to promote equity and cultural competence in education. SECC’s deputy director will present a session titled, Closing the Opportunity Gap through Culturally Responsive Teaching.

As evidence of improvement, MDE has done the following: made current M&I research and updated materials and tools accessible to districts statewide through its June 25 Mentorship and Induction Workshop 1.0 and through its website; planned the Mississippi Elevate Teacher Conference, a two-day convening, to address the cultural competence needs of the state’s educators–a key priority of the DLRT initiative.

Thought partnering work continued with the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Education's (MDE) Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) and his team in developing a process to further intra-office communication, knowledge sharing, coordination, and alignment of efforts and resources to expand the capacity of OTL staff and to ensure the capture and dissemination of institutional knowledge. Likewise, the team is developing OTL staff profiles and the inventory of the OTL intellectual capital. Additionally, the diverse and learner ready teacher (DLRT) team deliverologist met with the MDE DLRT team lead to offer guidance on the team’s developing action plan and support for refining and implementing the plan.

Mid-month, the Rural Cross-State Collaborative Team leads met with representatives from the MDE team to discuss next steps for leveraging a number of the strategies that rose to the top during the rural convening. Near the end of the month, the SECC team co-lead met with the deliverologist for a stocktake and planning meeting. Afterward, the SECC team followed up with the MS DLRT lead to schedule a planning meeting that would result in a clear understanding of the roles of participants, short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals and related activities and tasks.

Further, MDE Talent Management team leads met with SECC and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL) to discuss feedback related to the Mentoring and Induction (M&I) Guidebook as well as the development of the M&I plan and how that plan would be represented during the June meeting for launching the plan statewide. Also, the MS M&I Affinity Group attended and participated in Workshop 3: The Role of the Principal in Comprehensive Induction. The team was able to take away a number of strategies and resources useful for refining the statewide M&I plan. In mid-May, the SECC Talent Management team met with the Talent for Turnaround (T4T) national team to discuss upcoming professional learning opportunities and mechanisms for monitoring local education agency (LEA) progress in the development and implementation of the M&I program. Near the end of May, the SECC and MDE project leads met to take stock of the team’s M&I progress and to discuss the team’s participation in a June in-person meeting. An interim self-assessment of LEA M&I progress yielded little evidence of change; however, the SEA’s progress with the development and implementation of M&I programming was substantial.

In June, another working meeting for the purpose of supporting OTL knowledge capture is set to take place. Additionally, an M&I Affinity Group meeting is tentatively scheduled to take place in June. SECC, GTL Center, and MDE will lead sessions during this day-long, statewide M&I launch.

As evidence of improvement, MDE has received feedback for refining its initial draft of a Mentoring Guidebook from SECC and GTL Center. Additionally, MDE revised and submitted for review its DLRT plan of action for diversifying the educator workforce and ensuring that all educators are culturally competent and learner-ready. Further, MDE conducted a new mentor meeting to directly support mentors and indirectly support the new teachers with whom they will work. Finally, MDE developed and received feedback to refine the agenda and design the activities for the June day-long work session.

In April, staff from SECC and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) together with other Mississippi stakeholders participated in a 2½ day Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) convening on the Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) initiative in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team developed an initial draft of its theory of action. Following the convening, the team worked to complete an action plan that outlines the goals, outcomes, and impact to be made in Mississippi via the DLRT initiative. Additionally, MDE initiated a process for taking stock of mentoring and induction (M&I) implementation across the state. The project team, along with staff from the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL), had several meetings to begin codeveloping Mississippi’s 5-year M&I plan. Also during April, SECC Talent Management leads and leads from four other states participated in a M&I Affinity Group meeting. SECC staff also served as a thought partner to the executive director of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) in developing a process to further intra-office communication, knowledge sharing, coordination, and alignment of efforts and resources to expand the capacity of OTL staff and to ensure the capture and dissemination of institutional knowledge. Finally, during the last week of April, MDE and the pilot M&I districts participated in the M&I Virtual Work Session II – Beginning Teacher Professional Learning and Development, which was followed up with an MDE New Mentor Meeting to orient newly selected mentors for the pilot project, discuss with them roles and responsibilities, and to identify any anticipated barriers to their success.

During early March, SECC staff met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Talent Management project team to engage in a number of capacity building activities, including clarification of how the key Office of Teaching and Leading (OTL) initiatives (i.e., teacher leadership, tiered licensure, and mentoring and induction) intersect; alignment of OTL initiatives with the developing theory of action; and an implementation timeline for the state education agency (SEA), Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) local education agencies (LEAs), and other LEAs across the state. Additionally, the team worked to complete review and provision of feedback on a draft concept map illustrating mentoring and induction (M&I) and its interaction with key OTL initiatives and a draft meeting agenda to ensure that the purposes of the meeting would be accomplished. Further, in mid-March, the project team participated in a self-assessment process and follow-up debrief with the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) Mississippi Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) team regarding the diversity of MDE’s talent pipeline and state practices and policies that support teachers in using culturally responsive practices. In March, MDE staff attended a convening of the Texas Comprehensive Center Rural Cross-State Collaborative to receive related technical assistance (TA), engage with experts, and consult with peer SEAs to obtain additional strategies for diversifying the talent pool in Mississippi, particularly in its rural school communities.

In early April, a seven-member team of MDE staff and other state stakeholders will participate in a CCSSO DLRT initiative convening in Albuquerque. Additionally, an April 11 meeting of SECC, MDE, and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders staff is tentatively scheduled to provide guidance to MDE regarding the TA to be provided for the codevelopment of a five-year Mentoring and Induction plan. Key considerations will include additional capacity building experiences necessary for developing and implementing the plan.

In early February, SECC convened and facilitated a face-to-face, day-long quarterly meeting with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and its four Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) districts at the Quitman County School Board Office. The meeting priorities included technical assistance (TA) to support districts’ work on the following: (a) continued use of data to monitor progress toward continuous school improvement, (b) a SECC-led work session on the development of draft theories of action for district-level talent management based on the Center on School Turnaround’s Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework, and (c) a SECC-led reflective activity to help prepare MDE and the T4TLA districts for launching the planning process for state and district mentoring and induction (M&I) programming. The meeting also included a fieldtrip to visit a rent-free teachers’ apartment complex provided by a non-profit organization to support Quitman County’s teacher recruitment and retention efforts.

During mid-February, SECC supported MDE’s facilitation of an orientation and information sharing meeting on the state’s proposed tiered licensure system for teachers. During the latter part of February, three SECC staff joined three staff members from MDE and five representatives from two T4TLA pilot districts in a two-day launch of a M&I Affinity Group experience in Chicago designed to inform the state’s development of a 5-year M&I plan, to be implemented statewide. The major activities planned for the month of March include a March 3 project team planning meeting to plan the agenda for the meeting of M&I pilot district leaders, inform the state’s M&I theory of action, and map the M&I implementation timeline; March 19 Workshop 1: Mentor Development and Evaluation, a M&I Affinity Group webinar; and March 19 – orientation convening of M&I pilot district leaders, to include the Mississippi superintendents along with all Yazoo City and Quitman County district and school site administrators. The anticipated outcome for this meeting is the garnering of formal commitments from pilot district leaders. As evidence of impact, the project team attended to key aspects of the M&I theory of action being drafted in a number of key understandings articulated as follows. Near the end of the two-day M&I convening in Chicago, local education agency (LEA) participants expressed a clear understanding of the level of commitment required of them to participate in the state’s M&I pilot and the importance of having district leadership make a formal commitment based on a clear understanding of what the pilot would entail. The LEA and state education agency (SEA) participants, based on their understandings of the capacity of their most seasoned teachers, proposed the development of a plan for a mentor-the-mentor framework to be used to ensure the ongoing development of participating mentors.

SECC coordinated with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and its four Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) school districts to develop an agenda for the upcoming, February 1 quarterly T4TLA meeting and to prepare and support Quitman County, host of the meeting. The purpose of the day-long meeting is to prepare candidates to develop a theory of action for district-level talent management based on the four domains. Districts also will share updates on their work following the November 9 T4TLA meeting pertinent to their continued use of data to monitor progress toward continuous school improvement. SECC will share Mentoring and Induction (M&I) resources with MDE and its local education agencies (LEAs) and guide MDE and its districts through a reflective process for taking stock of their professional experiences with and knowledge of best M&I practices. Additionally, SECC met via conference call with English learner (EL) staff from the Office of Federal Programs and Office of Intervention Services at MDE to respond to a technical assistance request. MDE staff indicated that they needed to provide Title III funded training to districts and schools on differentiating instruction for EL students. During the call, SECC suggested that the department provide in-depth training using a systems-based approach. After the conference call, SECC staff compiled a short list of possible EL trainers and shared that resource with the department. The quarterly T4TLA meeting is scheduled to take place on February 1 at the Quitman County District Office. Additionally, SECC will follow up with MDE to determine the direction the state decided to go in terms of selecting an EL trainer and what their next steps will be. Furthermore, on February 21 and 22, select project team members will participate in a national M&I convening in Chicago. During this experience, team members will initiate mentoring and induction planning.

To support the capacity of the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) in the development and implementation of MDE’s five-year mentoring and induction (M&I) plan, SECC staff facilitated a meeting with the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) Mississippi local education agencies (LEAs). The LEAs (Holmes County, Yazoo City Municipal School District, Clarksdale Public Schools, and Quitman County) and MDE completed a T4TLA M&I self-assessment. SECC and MDE worked together to solidify the one LEA that will participate in the T4TLA M&I Affinity Groups activities; Yazoo City was selected. Because MDE greatly desired the participation of an additional LEA to further the state’s efforts to move all districts to implement mandatory M&I programming, the SEA committed to fund the participation of Quitman County School District. SECC met with MDE to review the SEA roles and responsibilities associated with M&I Affinity Group participation, to which MDE agreed.

Additionally, SECC staff participated in a meeting facilitated by the Office of Teaching and Leading with the four T4TLA districts in which MDE introduced its proposed induction and mentoring license and gathered data from the LEAs regarding its content and associated policies. SECC staff sent resources to MDE related to professional development (PD) in support of its English learner (EL) work. These resources included the following: Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Island’s Webinar, Using Cost Analysis to Inform Decisions About Professional Learning, and the REL Southeast’s infographic Improving Instruction through Professional Learning Communities. The next face-to-face meeting of the Talent Management project team will be in February at the Quitman County School Board Office. The meeting will focus on additional activities as outlined in the work plan. Also, MDE and the two pilot M&I Affinity Group LEAs—Yazoo City and Quitman County—will participate in virtual experiences and an upcoming face-to-face convening in Chicago in February 2018. SECC and MDE reviewed the 2017 accomplishments of the SEA and the T4TLA districts. As an example of preliminary evidence of improvement, the accomplishments included increases in organizational and structural capacity (i.e., state/local education agency strategic planning and M&I policy alignment; monthly meetings of individuals representing multiple SEA offices and various LEAs; increased SEA/LEA interactions; LEA staff’s name-face recognition of SEA staff and increased communication of LEA staff with SEA staff; increased collaboration within and across the SEA and participating LEAs) and political capacity (i.e., SEA and LEA participation in a national October 2017 webinar hosted by the Center for Educational Equity; the SEA’s T4TLA-related work featured in the July 2017 Hechinger Report; and the integration of numerous T4TLA goals into the Mississippi ESSA Plan (Grow-Your-Own, institutions of higher education (IHE) partnerships, recruitment of classified staff) both for the SEA and participating LEAs). The agreed upon highlights formed the basis for SECC highlights of Mississippi T4TLA work presented to the T4TLA national team (see draft presentation notes attached). Mississippi is one of the four states being highlighted in the T4TLA Infographic, which will feature four of the eight participating T4TLA states.

SECC engaged in a full-day work session with three (MDE) representatives to address issues of district accountability. On the following day, SECC facilitated a Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) Data Use Work Session with five MDE representatives and T4TLA teams from Yazoo City Municipal School District, Holmes County School District, and Quitman County School District. SECC provided an overview of the process, and MDE provided an overview of how the districts are able to access their data on the MDE website. Thereafter, the district teams analyzed data provided by MDE to identify trends and questions for consideration in developing their own turnaround strategies. As follow up, SECC secured a commitment from Quitman County to host the next regional meeting in January or February 2018. Additionally, a SECC staff member shared a resource with MDE’s director of Special Populations. The resource is titled “Micro-credentials for Teachers”, published by American Institutes for Research (AIR). Further, in response to Mississippi’s continuing T4TLA efforts pertinent to induction and mentoring, SECC and the T4TLA team participated in the “Mentoring and Induction in a Turnaround Context” Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) webinar. The webinar is the first in a series of structured induction and mentoring technical assistance/professional development offerings. In December, SECC will utilize a poll to schedule the next T4TLA quarterly meeting, to be hosted by Quitman County School District. SECC will support MDE and the T4TLA districts in reviewing the notes from the T4TLA Mississippi Data Use Session, resources, and additional readings, and using the content of each to guide their process for implementing their team’s agreed upon next steps. SECC will remind MDE and the districts to reach out across our T4TLA Mississippi districts to collaborate, share their recent T4TLA “wins” and the strategies that made the wins possible, and strategize together about how to address their existing “challenges.” As evidence of impact, T4TLA districts have added capacity and resources as well as data interpretation notes that have been shared across districts and that will inform their work between quarterly meetings.

In early October, SECC sent the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) team electronic invitations to the upcoming work session on data use. SECC collaborated with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to plan and arrange meeting logistics for the November 9 session and provide instructions about types of data they might use to address issues of district accountability. By mid-October, MDE pulled state data for the participating LEAs; this drew the attention of another MDE, non-T4TLA staff member, who committed to attending the Nov 9 meeting to garner information to guide the agency’s development of a data dashboard. Finally, the full team was provided a one-pager with questions for them to consider in refining their data audit process and in developing a data management system. Additionally, in response to Mississippi’s continuing T4TLA efforts pertinent to induction and mentoring, SECC invited the T4TLA team to participate in the November 13 “Mentoring and Induction in a Turnaround Context” GTL webinar. The webinar is the first in a series of structured GTL induction and mentoring TA/PD offerings. Further, to support the ongoing coordination of MDE and the CEEDAR Center in their efforts to collaborate, the project team will receive homework/pre-reading to support their development of a theory of action for district level talent management. On November 8, the SECC and MDE T4TLA team will meet at the MDE to complete pre-work for the November 9 Data Use Work Session. The full T4TLA team, in addition to an MDE guest and LEA representatives from Quitman School District, will convene the following day at the Woolfolk Building in Jackson, Mississippi, for a full-day work session. As evidence of impact, MDE forwarded to SECC the MSIS datasets for Holmes and Yazoo School Districts. Within a couple of days, MDE followed up with another submission of data for Clarksdale School District. All data had been previously reviewed and approved by the executive director of the Office of Teaching and Leading.