The Greatlakes Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides technical assistance (TA) and professional development (PD) to state education agencies (SEAs) in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio on
- 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 school districts and schools in improving student outcomes
- Utilizing research-based information and strategies in education reform work
In Year 5, GLCC will continue working closely with states in its region on 13 state-based projects and four regional projects. Projects center around implementation of federal priorities and opportunities for states to collaborate, share lessons learned, and address specific issues.
During Year 4, the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) state manager met regularly with the IDOE chief of staff and deputy superintendent, and at regular intervals with the superintendent, assistant superintendent for school improvement, assistant superintendent for school support services, and chief information officer. GLCC project leads met regularly with IDOE staff to ensure that projects were being implemented and high-quality technical assistance was being provided. Through this close interaction, and in technical assistance planning sessions on June 14 and August 3, 2016, GLCC leadership and IDOE’s superintendent, deputy, chief of staff, assistant superintendents, and chief information officer confirmed five projects for Year 5, as described below. All five projects are aligned with one or more of the priorities set forth in Imagine 2020, and with the key federal initiatives.
Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) implemented a new process for technical assistance planning for Year 5. Rather than developing a plan designed around the requests from MDE office directors and deputy superintendents, the Michigan state manager and project leads reviewed MDE goals and strategies, Year 4 projects, and proposed projects for Year 5. GLCC leadership reviewed the proposals using a newly developed technical assistance selection criteria checklist (Appendix A). Following the review, four project proposals with strong potential to advance MDE goals and strategies were presented to MDE’s Chief Deputy Superintendent for approval. Two projects are multiyear initiatives that will be completed in Year 5. Year 5 project summaries are provided next.
The three proposed Year 5 projects include (1) Ohio’s Early Literacy Plan; (2) Ohio Competency-Based Education Pilot Program; and (3) English Learners and Early Literacy. Each of these projects, except for employability skills, represents a continuation and deepening of technical assistance work from Year 4. The proposed work detailed here is a result of two or more meetings with ODE project leads and key GLCC staff from March-July, 2016. The proposed projects are also informed by a meeting arranged by ODE senior leadership.