Project: Year 7 2018–2019

Alabama Professional Learning Commission

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) with the co-development of a strategic plan for establishing a statewide system of support (SSOS) for professional development.  The SECC is continuing to support the state with scaling up PD efforts.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is facilitating meetings with state education agency (SEA) staff from across the agency and members of the Alabama Professional Learning Commission (APLC) to look at professional learning being provided to districts and schools and to devise a cohesive framework for providing professional learning opportunities to educators in the state. The SECC will share resources and expertise with the department and APLC that support the design of evidenced-based professional learning and evaluation of services.

Impact
  • Increased state education agency (SEA) and local education agency (LEA) knowledge of evidence-based school improvement strategies and materials in the state's most challenged schools and districts 

  • SEA consensus on elements of SSOS plan (improved intra- and inter-organizational relationships)

  • A structured system for providing support to low-performing districts/schools 

  •  Processes for monitoring the effective implementation of the SSOS for low-performing schools 

Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | December

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff followed up to the assistant superintendent’s email indicating that the survey items looked ready to be converted to an electronic format. The SECC offered support with any formatting and other needs that may arise during this process.

As evidence of impact, setting and keeping quick timelines for accomplishing the survey development, ALSDE is demonstrating readiness to increase its capacity for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the statewide system of professional learning support to Alabama’s educators.

Beginning in January 2019, SECC will support the state department as it prepares to disseminate the survey to educators throughout Alabama.

 

Previous Updates:

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff followed up to the assistant superintendent’s email indicating that the survey items looked ready to be converted to an electronic format. The SECC offered support with any formatting and other needs that may arise during this process.

As evidence of impact, setting and keeping quick timelines for accomplishing the survey development, ALSDE is demonstrating readiness to increase its capacity for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the statewide system of professional learning support to Alabama’s educators.

Beginning in January 2019, SECC will support the state department as it prepares to disseminate the survey to educators throughout Alabama.

During November, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) led the development of a state survey for educators around district and school professional learning through virtual and face-to-face meetings. During the first virtual meeting, SECC staff met with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Alabama Professional Learning Commission (APLC) project team to prepare a draft survey for the upcoming blended meeting (during which state and SECC staff were on-site and external APLC members were virtual). The latter meeting allowed commission members to provide their feedback to the draft survey. Once SECC staff revised the survey with appropriate input and feedback, staff returned it to ALSDE for next steps to finalize and disseminate it to Alabama's educators. The agency will prepare the final survey in an electronic format and disseminate it to educators in early January 2019.

As evidence of impact, setting and keeping quick timelines for accomplishing the survey development, ALSDE is demonstrating readiness to increase its capacity for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the statewide system of professional learning support to Alabama’s educators.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in mid-October to confirm milestones, outputs, and outcomes for the Alabama Professional Learning Commission (APLC) project. Some changes were made to refine the plan. The state asked for SECC support with developing a stakeholder survey around district and school professional learning (PL) so that it could get a baseline for how stakeholders perceive PL services offered by providers from across the state, including ALSDE and external providers (e.g., Alabama Educators Association, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, Regional In-service Centers, etc.). The following week, SECC staff met again with the state project team to develop foundational questions for the survey and a question bank. SECC staff then drafted a survey for Alabama teachers and administrators. 

During the month of November, SECC staff will share the survey draft with ALSDE project staff to get their input and feedback for refining the survey. Once they have the survey in its final draft format. SECC and ALSDE will hold a virtual meeting with the APLC members in mid-November to gather their input and feedback. The survey is slated for dissemination in early January 2019. As evidence of impact, the state has demonstrated readiness for developing a cohesive and comprehensive system of PL supporting Alabama’s district and school educators. The state project team was strategic in planning out actions steps for implementing the next activities associated with this effort.