The Southeast Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides technical assistance (TA) and professional development (PD) to state education agencies (SEAs) in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina focused on the following:
- Establishing and administering programs related to federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- Implementing, scaling up, and sustaining initiatives statewide
- Leading and supporting SEAs as they work with school districts and schools in improving student outcomes
- Utilizing evidenced-based information and strategies in education reform work
In Year 7, SECC will continue working closely with states in its region on state-based and regional projects. Projects will center around implementation of federal priorities and opportunities for states to collaborate, share lessons learned, and address specific issues related to improving teaching and learning.
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) are collaborating to develop a cohesive framework for providing professional development to educators in the state, develop a performance management system for monitoring a statewide system of support for principals of low-performing schools, and share resources and expertise to support the design of a professional development plan for Title III and English learner staff and metrics for educator evaluation.
[The SECC] helped shape the entire education policy relating to educator effectiveness and have been key to the success of our approach.
ALSDE Staff Member
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is continuing to assist Georgia with implementation of the state’s career pathways and employability skills for quality work-based learning opportunities for all students. In addition, SECC is assisting with building the knowledge and skills of Georgia staff to support implementation of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan and will continue support of school districts participating in the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy, which focuses on teacher quality, induction, and mentoring.
SECC staff were very useful in providing information related to ESSA strategies we were planning, including research and other SEA models.
GaDOE Staff Member
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing technical assistance to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) with training and support on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning and with identifying indicators of ineffective teachers. The SECC also is providing evidence-based resources and meeting assistance to support the implementation of the state’s new theoretical model of support for low-performing schools and professional learning materials to inform district- and state-developed plans to increase teacher recruitment and retention.
In a small state with limited resources, as well as limited EL [English learner] expertise within the state, AIR's assistance has been extremely valuable.
MDE Staff Member
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to strengthen the state’s Global Ready program and is providing technical assistance to refine NCDPI’s regional support model.
The SECC has been especially beneficial in data collection and analysis, including building capacity in using tools we already have access to. The collaboration has helped us create and polish tools we are using with the EL Support Team.
NCDPI Staff Member
The Southeast Comprehensive Center is assisting the South Carolina Department of Education in the development of its statewide balanced literacy plan, identification and use of evidence-based practices regarding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act, creation of a system of communication and monitoring for interagency departments, and development of an evaluation of the Transformation Coach Program in the state.
SECC/AIR support has helped the SCDE flesh out internal quality metrics and an agency implementation framework for the Profile of the SC Graduate.
SCDE Staff Member