Maryland Projects Year 7
|Supporting the Implementation of the MD Migrant Education Program's Statewide Service Delivery Plan||In Year 7, MACC will provide technical assistance in a variety of ways to build the capacity of the SEA to identify and develop resources and trainings for their LEA's that are charged with improving migrant student and family outcomes. Previously, MACC assisted the Maryland Migrant Education Program (MEP) with completion of its Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) in December, 2007. The two principal objectives of this project are to (1) provide strategic guidance in the refinement of their state Service Delivery Plan to ensure that it remains aligned with the needs of their current migrant student population, and (2) assist the SEA with the development of an evaluation framework that will build its capacity to monitor the degree to which the grantees are meeting their statewide program improvement targets. MACC will share successful practices and resources, and will play a key role in encouraging cross-program communication that will lead to improved awareness of the unique needs of migrant students and families.|
|Supporting Maryland's Breakthrough Center to Coordinate Statewide System of Support (SSOS) Services||
In this project, MACC will support MSDE's implementation of its Breakthrough Center (BTC) activities. The BTC will coordinate services for Maryland’s lowest performing schools, including those identified for the Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants (SIG), primarily in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City. MACC participates on the BTC's Cross-Functional Team, which includes representatives from multiple divisions, to support policy development, district- and school-level needs assessments, and determine appropriate targeted assistance. MACC contributes to BTC activities by synthesizing and presenting current research about best practices in school reform, assisting in the crafting and refinement of technical assistance policies, making critical connections between BTC and other MSDE initiatives, and providing an external perspective and critical feedback to its work.
|Supporting Maryland's Highly Effective Teachers||
MACC will continue its support of MSDE’s development of a statewide comprehensive teacher evaluation and professional development system. The new system will evaluate teachers based on professional practice, knowledge and skills, and on their effectiveness as demonstrated by measures of student growth. MACC will support MSDE as it develops evaluation practices through a pilot program in seven districts and exploring performance compensation models through a SEA/LEA workgroup. MACC’s assistance with the Pilot District initiative involves planning and facilitating meetings and work sessions, brokering services with the TQ Center and the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center, providing resources on teacher evaluation, using student growth measures, and guiding policy, logistical, and fiscal considerations. MACC is also brokering services from the TQ Center regarding national models of performance compensations for the Work Group. MACC is able to share lessons learned from teacher evaluation work in Delaware and identify additional experts and resources.