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National Meeting: 2016 National Meeting. Issaquah

Session: Issaquah, 8:50-9:40

When Offers of Technical Assistance to States is Confusing and Conflicted

This practice/policy discussion will focus on the State's needs and goals versus Federal mandates. Specifically, the participants will hear about a state's dilemma in trying to align their SPDG and SSIP/SiMR, while coordinating with national TA&D Centers.

Presenters:           David J Merves, MBA/CAS, Senior Evaluator, Evergreen Evaluation &                                             Consulting, Inc.

Strand:                  Working with Administrators and Leadership

System Level:       State

Establishing and Sustaining Interdepartmental Collaboration to Align Early Literacy and PD Initiatives

The OK SPDG has begun to work in collaboration with the OSDE’s Special Education Services and the Office of Instruction to align statewide initiatives in the area of improving early literacy outcomes for Oklahoma students, as outlined in the OK SSIP and the OK State Strategic Plan. The focus of both initiatives revolves around evidenced based (E-B) professional development and follow-up through site-based coaching support for teachers in implementing E-B practices. A collaborative working group has been formed and has agreed on using 2 PD frameworks: Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction (FOLI) and Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS).

How should this working group proceed to ensure its efforts result in a positive impact on the desired outcomes of both the SSIP and the State Strategic Plan?

Presenters:           Christa Knight, MEd., SPDG Director, Oklahoma

                              Cheryl Huffman, MEd., SPDG External Evaluator, Oklahoma

Strand:                  Systems Alignment

System Level:       State

Material Link:       OSDE Literacy Interoffice Collaborative Working Group

Preparing for Environment Friendly SUSTAINABILITY

Environment Friendly Sustainability:  What a great thought. No one would tell us they are not interested in protecting our fragile environments. Is it possible to build infrastructures that are deep, aware, smart, reliable, prepared, improved, data driven, and aligned; all while keeping the environment nurtured, and protected?  We need your help as we prepare and coach districts toward a mindset of renewable energy.

Presenters:           Greg Gillman, SPDG Check & Connect Project Facilitator, Florida

                              Lael Engstrom MSW, SPDG Check & Connect Project Director, Florida

Strand:                  Working with Administrators/Leadership

System Level:       District, building

We hired an evaluator, now what?

Any relationship with an external evaluator begins with an inception phase requiring a draw on resources, be they person-hours, or data being exchanged. But what if that evaluator comes on board during a busy, or perhaps even the busiest time of your program or project year? How does one ensure that the mutual system of support is prepared to thrive following intentional and somewhat concentrated activity during those vital early months? This session will share the narrative of two states around just such an experience, with presenters sharing some hints and tips based on lessons learned in the past year, so that participants can engage in their own lively discussion around the topic while walking out the door armed with new tools to support their next evaluator.

Presenters:           Pam Williams, Ginger Henry, SPDG and Project Director, Missouri

                              Noel Granger, Supervisor, Program Development and Support Services,                                           New York

                              Jason Altman, Evaluation and Social Change Collaborator, TerraLuna                                              Collaborative

Strand:                  Working with Administrators/Leadership

System Level:       State

Supporting High Schools to Increase Parent Engagement in Secondary Transitions

Establishing mechanisms for effective two-way communication between schools and families is key to creating a school-wide plan that engages families in post-secondary planning.  However establishing and maintaining that feedback loop - whether it be in groups, or distributing surveys (both paper and online) is challenging.  What can high schools do to gain meaningful parent feedback?

Presenters:           Kimm Phillips MS, Project Director, Parent Information Center, NH

Strand:                  Family Engagement

System Level:       State, District, Building

Material Links:      Handout

                             Notes from Session, 1/2

                             Notes from Session, 2/2

Scaling Up MTSS With Limited Resources

Utah SPDG has provided coaching and support to LEAs to build capacity to implement MTSS with fidelity. At issue is, with limited grant funds and MTSS coaching knowledge/expertise, only a small number of the total LEAs in the state are included in the project. Question is how to scale up aross the state given these constraints?

Presenters:           Devin Healey, EdS, Director, UMTSS SPDG, Utah

                              Leanne Hawken, PhD, BCBA, Evaluator UMTSS, Utah

Strand:                  Coaching

System Level:       State