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Department of Education
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) at SEDL is one of 15 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The centers provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies (SEAs) to enable them to assist school districts and schools in the implementation and administration of programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the use of research-based information and strategies. SECC works closely with SEAs in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to support their efforts to implement, scale up, and sustain initiatives statewide and to lead and support their school districts and schools in improving student outcomes. Partners in this project include the American Institutes for Research and RMC Research.
Web Development Specialist
Mr. Waters develops and manages online database systems and Web applications to support work with state departments of education and other clients on projects, such as the Early Warning Data System (EWDS), a database application that helps schools and districts identify students at risk for dropping out of high school.
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SECC’s Kathleen Theodore, Pamela Bonsu, and Sheryl Turner (RMC Research partner) collaborated with Mid-Atlantic CC (MACC) staff for an August 10 webinar on data use in early learning environments. MACC’s Chris Dwyer led more than 100 participants in exploring common questions for structuring data reviews; suggestions of data types to include in reviews; and tools for planning, organizing, and discussing data use.
SECC will continue to provide support to ALSDE for the implementation of Plan 2020. Branching from the Plan 2020 project, this work will focus on building the capacity of the Research and Development section to plan and implement an internal program evaluation, with a primary focus on the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI).
Project in: Alabama.
Project ID: 172