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 Committee (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 | October

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.

 

Previous Updates:

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.