Project: Year 7 2018–2019

Mississippi School Improvement

To address the need for support with the implementation of the state’s new theoretical model of support for low-performing schools (LPS), the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing evidence-based resources and materials to enhance the implementation of the new system of support at the state and local education agency levels. Additionally, SECC will provide meeting facilitation to support the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of School Improvement (OSI) as it provides training and coaching support and develops supportive policies and guidelines to promote the implementation of evidence-based interventions selected by low-performing schools.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is providing evidence-based resources and materials, including implementation science frameworks, and ongoing meeting facilitation assistance to support the OSI as it provides training and coaching support, develops policies and guidelines for LPS, and reviews the guidelines of P–16 councils.

Impact
  • Improved organizational structures and processes through implementation of the statewide system of support 
  • Improved intra- and inter-organizational relationships through the revision of guidelines for P–16 councils 
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2019 | March

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) staff to co-develop a focus group protocol for upcoming P16 Council meetings that will take place in the North Central and Southern regions of the state in late April and early May. SECC and MDE staff also met to plan and critique a graphic digitally created by SECC to represent the school improvement process as delineated and delivered by the Office of School Improvement. The sessions will provide an opportunity to glean input for a relative support manual that SECC and MDE will collaboratively develop. SECC and MDE staff also will continue to meet to refine the graphic that represents the school improvement process. Additionally, SECC and MDE will plan sessions for a convening of schools identified for Comprehensive School Improvement support at which SECC will make requested presentations about developing theories of action and monitoring the implementation of evidence-based interventions.

 

Previous Updates:

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) staff to co-develop a focus group protocol for upcoming P16 Council meetings that will take place in the North Central and Southern regions of the state in late April and early May. SECC and MDE staff also met to plan and critique a graphic digitally created by SECC to represent the school improvement process as delineated and delivered by the Office of School Improvement. The sessions will provide an opportunity to glean input for a relative support manual that SECC and MDE will collaboratively develop. SECC and MDE staff also will continue to meet to refine the graphic that represents the school improvement process. Additionally, SECC and MDE will plan sessions for a convening of schools identified for Comprehensive School Improvement support at which SECC will make requested presentations about developing theories of action and monitoring the implementation of evidence-based interventions.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) met with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to refine Year 7 milestones in the work plan, eliminating those relative to codeveloping professional learning training and support on schoolwide implementation of evidence-based interventions because state staff are doing this work with another partner and assistance with department-wide meetings with other offices because they are keeping those internal. In one meeting with SECC, MDE requested that we combine these three milestones relative to P–16 Council assistance, so that SECC will provide resources and materials to Office of School Improvement (OSI) staff on parent and community engagement and stakeholder advisory groups, assist with a meeting with internal and external partners (a task force) to examine current P–16 Council guidelines, and serve as a thought-partner with OSI staff on revising P–16 Council guidelines. In a second meeting, MDE discussed with SECC its need to develop/revise a P–16 Council guidance document keeping in mind that there are no regulations beyond a council being required for schools identified for improvement. In this vein, SECC shared an alternative education support manual that had been codeveloped with another office at the agency and can be used as a guide for the council guidance document.

During the month of March, SECC and MDE will meet to plan the contents of the council guidance document.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) made a Theory of Action/Theory of Change/Logic Model presentation in two consecutive concurrent sessions at the school improvement convening held in November in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The presentation offered to participants that a theory of action is a tool for school improvement plan development, implementation, and monitoring that promotes multilevel capacity-building (e.g., school, community, district, and state). Participants after hearing information about and seeing examples of such began writing their own theories of action/change/logic models. SECC and Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) staff continue to brainstorm ways to support those writing theories of action along the continuum to implementation, monitoring, and adjusting in their school improvement efforts.

During February, SECC and MDE will have regularly scheduled calls to check in about the continued shared Year 7 work and will make some anticipated refinements to milestones.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) conducted a Theory of Action/Theory of Change/Logic Model presentation in two consecutive concurrent sessions at the school improvement convening held in November in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Participants began writing their own theories of action/change/ logic models. SECC and state education agency staff continue to brainstorm ways to support those writing theories of action along the continuum to implementation, monitoring, and adjusting in their school improvement efforts.

The SECC and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will have a call to check in about the continued shared Year 7 work. 

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) made a Theory of Action/Theory of Change/Logic Model presentation in two consecutive concurrent sessions at the School Improvement convening held November 7–9 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The presentation offered to participants that a theory of action is a tool for school improvement plan development, implementation, and monitoring that promotes multilevel capacity-building (e.g., school, community, district, and state). Participants after hearing information about and seeing examples of such began writing their own theories of action/change/logic models. The SECC provided resources from the U.S. Department of Education and the REL Southeast regarding evidence-based practices.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) had several meetings and correspondences in preparation for the School Improvement convening to be held November 7–9 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

SECC will provide a theory of action presentation during two consecutive concurrent sessions and will assist with facilitation of plenary sessions at the School Improvement convening to be held November 7–9 in Vicksburg. SECC and MDE will meet to discuss all Year 7 plans since, the School Improvement convening, will be completed.