Project: Year 7 2018–2019

South Carolina Early Childhood

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is working with the South Carolina Department of Education's early childhood staff to provide appropriate school readiness resources and services to early childhood stakeholders and program providers.

Technical Assistance Approach

SECC will assist SCDE with its efforts to develop a statewide comprehensive literacy plan, including guidance with the state’s multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework. 

Impact
  • Improved materials and assets for SCDE through the establishment of a statewide balanced literacy plan for birth–Grade 12
  • Increased knowledge and skills through alignment of statewide literacy needs, MTSS, and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements
  • Increased access to evidence-based practices, strategies, and resources
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2019 | August

On August 27–29, Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC)  staff presented an Overview of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, (MTSS), including evidence-based MTSS practices and resources to South Carolina school districts and schools in various regions of the state. South Carolina’s Office of Early Learning & Literacy (OELL) Literacy Specialists assisted with the facilitation of the meetings to build their capacity to provide follow-up professional learning services to districts and schools. Additionally, SECC staff conducted telephone conferences and ongoing communication through email with the South Carolina Department of Education OELL to plan the professional development and to begin to consider next steps for supporting districts and schools with implementation of MTSS.

SECC staff will complete the Overview of MTSS training, including evidence-based MTSS practices and resources to South Carolina school districts and schools. Additionally, SECC staff will conduct the final monthly meeting with South Carolina to debrief on the regional trainings on MTSS, the SECC partnership and technical assistance, and to provide thought partnering on next steps for implementation of MTSS in South Carolina.

Previously, SECC staff provided feedback to South Carolina on its draft MTSS Framework and Guidance document. In particular, SECC suggested that South Carolina include evidence-based resources and practices and provided links to websites and resources to assist them in this process. As a result of providing South Carolina with access to evidence-based resources, South Carolina has produced an evidence-based MTSS Framework and Guidance document. The MTSS Framework and Guidance document is an example of South Carolina’s development of fiscal and material capacity through improved materials to support districts and schools with the implementation of MTSS.

 

 

Previous Updates:

On August 27–29, Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC)  staff presented an Overview of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, (MTSS), including evidence-based MTSS practices and resources to South Carolina school districts and schools in various regions of the state. South Carolina’s Office of Early Learning & Literacy (OELL) Literacy Specialists assisted with the facilitation of the meetings to build their capacity to provide follow-up professional learning services to districts and schools. Additionally, SECC staff conducted telephone conferences and ongoing communication through email with the South Carolina Department of Education OELL to plan the professional development and to begin to consider next steps for supporting districts and schools with implementation of MTSS.

SECC staff will complete the Overview of MTSS training, including evidence-based MTSS practices and resources to South Carolina school districts and schools. Additionally, SECC staff will conduct the final monthly meeting with South Carolina to debrief on the regional trainings on MTSS, the SECC partnership and technical assistance, and to provide thought partnering on next steps for implementation of MTSS in South Carolina.

Previously, SECC staff provided feedback to South Carolina on its draft MTSS Framework and Guidance document. In particular, SECC suggested that South Carolina include evidence-based resources and practices and provided links to websites and resources to assist them in this process. As a result of providing South Carolina with access to evidence-based resources, South Carolina has produced an evidence-based MTSS Framework and Guidance document. The MTSS Framework and Guidance document is an example of South Carolina’s development of fiscal and material capacity through improved materials to support districts and schools with the implementation of MTSS.

 

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff met with South Carolina Department of Education Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) staff to finalize plans for the face-to-face overview of South Carolina’s MTSS Overview trainings in August and September. 

During August, SECC staff will co-facilitate face-to-face MTSS Training, which will provide evidence-based MTSS practices and resources to school districts in South Carolina in various locations of the state.

As evidence of impact, South Carolina is growing in its capacity to implement large-scale implementation of MTSS. For example, South Carolina has developed a list of evidence-based screeners for districts to select from and will utilize literacy coaches to support implementation of universal screening practices.

 

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff and the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) Office of Early Learning & Literacy had a phone conference to plan for the face-to-face overview of the multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) trainings in August and September. During the month of July, SECC and South Carolina will continue planning for the MTSS trainings.  

As evidence of impact, South Carolina is showing improved capacity to implement MTSS throughout the state by developing a plan to train all districts and consistently using evidence-based resources and tools. 

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff met with the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Early Learning & Literacy to plan the virtual multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) trainings. SECC staff provided facilitation and training by conducting two follow-up MTSS webinars on May 22. During June, SECC will assist South Carolina with providing face-to-face overview of MTSS training to the rest of their school districts.

South Carolina is showing improved capacity to implement MTSS throughout the state by developing a plan to train all districts and consistently using evidence-based resources and tools.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff conducted monthly meetings and provided consultation to the South Carolina Office of Early Learning & Literacy (OELL) staff.  SECC staff assisted OELL staff with identifying key priorities in designing support efforts for school districts implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).

In May, SECC will assist South Carolina with follow-up support and training on MTSS through virtual meetings and webinars, providing resources, guidance, and consultation on evidence-based research and practices.

During monthly consultation meetings, South Carolina staff have shown understanding of districts' needs and have discussed various ways in which the state will provide and sustain support to districts.

On March 8, Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff met with the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) staff to further plan and clarify key priorities for the Cohort 1 School Districts’ Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) training. On March 19, SECC staff supported SCDE OELL by conducting and facilitating MTSS training to Cohort 1 School Districts. During April, SECC staff will conduct monthly planning and thought-partnering meetings with SCDE OELL staff and will assist with planning virtual meetings and follow-up support and training on MTSS. During meetings with SCDE, OELL staff actively participated in designing training to support districts with MTSS implementation.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff met with the South Carolina Department of Education executive director of College and Career Readiness to discuss the scope of work for supporting the South Carolina Office of Early Learning & Literacy with providing professional development (PD) to districts on multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS).

In March, SECC will provide PD support to the Office of Early Learning and school districts on MTSS. 
 

This project is delayed. South Carolina is currently without a director of the Office of Early Learning and Literacy. Southeast Comprehensive Center staff are reaching out to South Carolina’s executive director to continue this work.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) meeting with the South Carolina director of the Office of Early Learning & Literacy (OELL) was cancelled due to her resignation.

SECC staff will schedule a meeting with South Carolina’s deputy superintendent to revise the Year 7 Work Plan.

The South Carolina director of OELL resigned in December 2018. As a result, the meeting will be rescheduled to revise the work plan.

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) completed the review of the South Carolina Comprehensive Literacy Plan by providing feedback, points to ponder, and evidence-based resources. SECC staff conducted a phone conference with the South Carolina director of early learning and literacy to discuss how SECC can support work group sessions.

During December, the team will revise the South Carolina work plan to reflect current technical assistance needs and support. SECC also will review alignment of South Carolina’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan and Continuous Improvement Plan.

After reviewing feedback, South Carolina is more focused on utilizing evidence-based practices and resources to support early literacy work.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) South Carolina state liaison and SECC director met with the deputy superintendent of Data, Technology, and Agency Operations at the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) to finalize the Year 7 Work Plan. The Year 7 SECC activities will align with the priorities of the agency. SECC is in the process of reviewing and providing content-related feedback on the draft document SCDE provided to SECC.

During the month of November, the SCDE deputy superintendent of Data, Technology, and Agency Operations will follow up with the agency early childhood director regarding any additional support needed. SECC also will have a virtual meeting to deliver and discuss the feedback regarding the provided document. In addition, the SECC team will complete feedback on South Carolina’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) South Carolina state liaison and SECC director met with the deputy superintendent of Data, Technology, and Agency Operations at the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) to finalize the Year 7 Work Plan. The Year 7 SECC activities will align with the priorities of the agency. SECC is in the process of reviewing and providing content-related feedback on the draft document SCDE provided to SECC.

During the month of November, the SCDE deputy superintendent of Data, Technology, and Agency Operations will follow up with the agency early childhood director regarding any additional support needed. SECC also will have a virtual meeting to deliver and discuss the feedback regarding the provided document. In addition, the SECC team will complete feedback on South Carolina’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan.