Project: Year 7 2018–2019

Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice

The regional Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice (CoP) at the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) supports state education agencies (SEAs) and other agencies (birth to third grade) to assist with early childhood (EC) efforts. The CoP includes an interactive, online site to facilitate the sharing of research and practice insights and a monthly newsletter to deepen awareness of regional and national early childhood education developments and opportunities for collaboration among states.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is continuing to provide opportunities for cross-state collaboration, problem-solving, and networking via the following:

  • An interactive online site in which states can access and share evidence-based resources, practice, and insights
  • A monthly online newsletter to deepen awareness of early childhood developments
  • Periodic webinars in which states can participate in professional learning with experts in the field
Impact
  • Increased use of and access to evidence-based resources and EC providers 
  • Increased collaborative opportunities between state and local EC education stakeholders to support streamlined policies, procedures, and processes on school readiness and early childhood 
  • Improved coordination and alignment of state-level, EC policies and practices 

 

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2019 | August

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) E-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff also conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. On August 8, SECC staff facilitated a cross-state collaboration meeting focused on sharing and discussing major state early childhood events and projects, challenges and resolutions, and celebrations and successes. In addition, the meeting featured a walkthrough of the CoP SharePoint site to highlight new formats for accessing evidence-based resources.

During the month of September, SECC staff will conduct a final culminating cross-state collaboration meeting with SEA early childhood specialists in the SECC region.

States have increased use and access to evidence-based resources through the CoP newsletter and SharePoint site. The state of Mississippi has utilized evidenced-based resources to develop a Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit.

 

Previous Updates:

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) E-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff also conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. On August 8, SECC staff facilitated a cross-state collaboration meeting focused on sharing and discussing major state early childhood events and projects, challenges and resolutions, and celebrations and successes. In addition, the meeting featured a walkthrough of the CoP SharePoint site to highlight new formats for accessing evidence-based resources.

During the month of September, SECC staff will conduct a final culminating cross-state collaboration meeting with SEA early childhood specialists in the SECC region.

States have increased use and access to evidence-based resources through the CoP newsletter and SharePoint site. The state of Mississippi has utilized evidenced-based resources to develop a Family Engagement Framework and Toolkit.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) e-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff conducted weekly updates of the community of practice site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally.

During August, SECC staff will facilitate a cross-state collaboration meeting. SEAs continue to seek and utilize evidence-based resources through the CoP newsletter and site.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) e-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff conducted weekly updates of the CoP site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. Additionally, SECC staff provided targeted assistance to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) on curriculum reviews. During the month of July, SECC staff will facilitate a meeting with SEAs to introduce them to the new and improved CoP site. 

As evidence of impact, SEAs continue to seek and utilize evidence-based resources as well as seek help from other states. For example, DECAL requested that states learn about their curriculum review process as well as recommendations on national curriculum review experts. 

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) e-newsletter to state education agencies’ (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff conducted weekly updates of the CoP site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. Additionally, SECC staff provided targeted assistance to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) on curriculum reviews. During the month of June, SECC staff will facilitate a meeting with SEAs to introduce them to the new and improved CoP site.

SEAs continue to seek and utilize evidence-based resources as well as seek help from other states. For example, DECAL suggested that states learn about its curriculum review process as well as recommendations on national curriculum review experts. 

On April 30, Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff collaborated with the Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI) to facilitate a cross-state collaboration meeting on using K–2 summative assessments to improve third grade outcomes. SECC staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) e-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. SECC staff provided targeted assistance to the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education staff on literacy information. On next month, SECC staff will provide targeted assistance to SEAs.

As evidence of impact, states continue to utilize resources from the early childhood community of practice. SEAs also are more apt to seek out SECC early childhood staff to assist them with connecting to the right resource. For example, the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education staff sought assistance with information about the Striving Readers Literacy Grant (SRLG).

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) e-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. SECC staff provided targeted assistance to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) staff by assisting with access to state contacts who have a process for selecting preschool curriculum. The cross-state collaboration meeting on pre-K to Grade 3 formative assessments with the SECC Assessment and Accountability Network and the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) is scheduled on April 30. As evidence of impact, states continue to utilize resources from the early childhood CoP. SEAs also are more apt to seek out SECC early childhood staff to assist them with connecting to the right resource. For example, DECAL staff sought assistance with state contacts who have a process for selecting preschool curriculum.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) e-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff conducted weekly updates of the CoP SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. SECC staff met with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning staff to conduct need sensing.

SECC staff will continue to plan the cross-state collaboration meeting on pre–K to Grade 3 formative assessments with the SECC Assessment and Accountability Network and the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI).

SEAs have expressed comments regarding the usefulness of the CoP newsletter, especially the State Highlights section, which includes information about what other states are doing. SEAs are using the State Highlights to reflect on their early childhood efforts.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. SECC staff disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) E-newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders.

In February, SECC staff will continue to plan a cross-state collaboration on early grade assessments. SECC staff are collaborating with the SECC Assessment and Accountability Network and the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation.

 

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff conducted weekly updates of the community of practice (CoP) SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. SECC staff disseminated the monthly CoP E-Newsletter to state education agency’s (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders.

During January, SECC will provide one-on-one state conference calls for targeted assistance. The SECC also will facilitate cross-state collaboration.

As evidence of impact, previous SECC technical assistance support to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) included supporting the revision of the early childhood guidelines and providing resources on executive functioning. The MDE Office of Early Childhood is using these documents to build the knowledge of administrators, principals, district leaders, and directors of preK classrooms by offering training on early childhood policy and practices.

 

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) E-Newsletter to state education agencies’ (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff also conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. SECC staff conducted needs-assessments via phone conferences with the South Carolina director of early learning and literacy.

During December, planning for the second cross-state collaboration meeting will take place. The team will continue to analyze results of the needs assessment and plan CoP activities.

As evidence of impact, SECC states have developed a clear understanding of the needs of districts, schools, and early childhood programs; identified ways in which they will provide support; and determined the resources and support that they will need to accomplish this work.

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) E-Newsletter to state education agencies' (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff also conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. Additionally, SECC staff conducted needs-assessments via phone conferences with early specialists from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). On October 2, SECC staff facilitated a cross-state collaboration meeting on family engagement between the South Carolina Director of Early Learning and Literacy and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).  

In November, all needs-assessment phone conferences will be completed. During the needs-assessment phone conferences, SEAs were able to identify district’s and early childhood programs’ needs and ways in which they will support them. In addition, the SEAs were able to identify ways in which the early childhood community of practice (ECCoP) has supported them. For example, SEAs mentioned that the cross-collaboration meeting on August 30, in which Georgia DECAL shared resources on standards alignment, will benefit them in current efforts to address district and early childhood programs’ needs.