Project: Year 7 2018–2019

Georgia Strengthening District and School Support

As a part of the Talent for Turnaround (T4T) partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and the Center on School Turnaround (CST), Georgia requested to take part in the T4T Leadership Academy, which focused on identifying root causes for their most urgent problems. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is continuing to work with the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) to support Dougherty County School District and other identified school districts to address issues of teacher quality and induction support.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is continuing to assist School and District Effectiveness (SDE) staff at GaDOE as a thought and collaborating partner to identify and facilitate work with other individuals or organizations to address specific needs or issue-specific concerns. In collaboration with the T4TLA, GTL Center, and the CST, SECC will provide resources and guidance to help identify strategies and processes learned from assistance to Dougherty County Schools that can be utilized with other districts to provide high-quality teachers and leaders for all their students.

Impact
  • Improved organizational structures and processes for Dougherty County School District 
  • Improved inter- and intra-organizational relationships for GaDOE through improved understanding of district processes for strengthening teacher retention and preparation to implement lessons learned in high-needs districts statewide
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | December

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with Muscogee County leadership and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) district effectiveness specialist to review research and program materials from the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) trainings. The group identified next steps in providing them with data to be used to identify root causes for losing teachers at high-needs schools. The next meeting date was set to work on the survey and to develop an action plan for work with SECC. The group established a meeting date with Dougherty County to begin a revision of surveys used in past years to identify additional information they want to collect.

In January, SECC will meet with Muscogee County leadership and the GaDOE district effectiveness specialist to work on survey questions. SECC also will meet with Dougherty County leaders to review and revise surveys to be used for data collection in the spring.

 

Previous Updates:

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with Muscogee County leadership and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) district effectiveness specialist to review research and program materials from the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) trainings. The group identified next steps in providing them with data to be used to identify root causes for losing teachers at high-needs schools. The next meeting date was set to work on the survey and to develop an action plan for work with SECC. The group established a meeting date with Dougherty County to begin a revision of surveys used in past years to identify additional information they want to collect.

In January, SECC will meet with Muscogee County leadership and the GaDOE district effectiveness specialist to work on survey questions. SECC also will meet with Dougherty County leaders to review and revise surveys to be used for data collection in the spring.

Dougherty County staff were interviewed by the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) evaluator regarding their work with the T4TLA effort. The Dougherty superintendent and Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) Georgia state liaison were interviewed regarding the impact of participation at the national meeting. SECC and Dougherty County staff participated in the T4TLA national convening, sharing successes and lessons learned from participation in the mentoring and induction affinity group and engaging with new participants to develop a learning community of support. The Dougherty County superintendent, deputy superintendent, and human resources director participated in the meeting. The Muscogee County superintendent, chief officer of human resources, and chief officer of curriculum and instruction also participated.

In December, SECC staff will meet with Muscogee County participants in T4TLA to review research and program materials in order to develop a work plan to identify and achieve program goals.

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and state team members reviewed progress of Dougherty County toward developing and implementing a quality mentoring and induction (M&I) plan and submitted it to Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) leaders for use in planning the national convening of participating states and districts in November. The team identified tasks and roles of SECC staff and Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) staff to support and prepare participants from Dougherty County and those from Muscogee County for the T4TLA national meeting in Washington, DC. Because of the impact of Hurricane Michael, Dougherty County suffered damage and flooding to a number of schools in October. This made the preparation for participation more challenging.

During the month of November, Dougherty County staff will be interviewed by the SECC evaluator regarding their work with the T4TLA effort. Additionally, Georgia and SECC staff will participate in the T4TLA national convening, sharing successes and lessons learned from participation in the M&I affinity group, and engaging with new participants to develop a learning community of support.