Mississippi

Equity Dialogues: Increasing Opportunities to Improve Outcomes for Students

As states implement their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is focusing on building the knowledge and skills of agency staff to support implementation of equity strategies by local education agencies (LEAs). The SECC is providing technical assistance, facilitation, and training to support this process in the area of equitable access.

Mississippi Talent Management

To address the needs for talent management, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing evidence-based resources and professional learning materials to inform district- and state-developed plans to increase teacher recruitment and retention. For the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA), SECC is delivering professional learning on key topics related to recruiting, developing, and maintaining high-quality teachers.

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.

Mississippi Educator Quality

To address the need for increased training and support on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning (CLRTL), the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing evidence-based resources for Grades preK–12. The SECC also is providing ongoing meeting facilitation to co-develop professional learning modules and provide meeting facilitation on CLRTL practices as well as assisting the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) with identifying indicators of ineffective teachers.

Support for Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting state education agencies (SEAs) to strengthen their plans for implementing college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) and assessments. Support includes access to research-based resources, emerging promising practices, and educational events (that are featured in a bimonthly newsletter) and bimonthly virtual meetings of members.

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.

Mississippi Talent Management

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is continuing to support Mississippi Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) districts with the alignment of statewide talent management efforts to district-level talent management based on the CST’s Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework.

Mississippi School Improvement

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) in an agency-wide initiative to incorporate the Center on School Turnaround's (CST) Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework, to identify evidence-based interventions and best practices for school climate/culture and adult learning, and to revise the state’s Alternative Education Guidelines.

Mississippi Educator Quality

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is assisting the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) with finalizing the Assessment of Teacher Impact on Student Learning (ATISL) component of the Mississippi Professional Growth System (MPGS) and with co-facilitating conversations with institutions of higher learning (IHLs) to connect educator preparatory programs with the MPGS.

Support for Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting state education agencies (SEAs) to strengthen their plans for implementing college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) and assessments. Support includes access to research-based resources, emerging promising practices, and educational events (which are featured in a bimonthly newsletter). The SECC also provides technical assistance to help states refine Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation plans and resources that may address needs or concerns related to assessment and accountability.