Chat entries

Opening questions:
• How do you communicate why alignment is important for you at the state and/or local level?
• What is the most satisfying benefit you have found with alignment of initiatives?
• What are the most challenging issues you have found with alignment?
• What would make alignment easier?
• How long does alignment take?
• How do you know if your work on alignment is successful?
• Under what conditions (if any) is alignment most necessary
• When might alignment not be worth the work required to align?
• What do staff need to know about the alignment process
• What are the system features needed to help ensure effective alignment?

Tracey Sridharan: Good afternoon! Tracey Sridharan, Arizona Department of Education,

Sue Daker: Sue Daker, Iowa Department of Education

Tracey Sridharan: For some reason I'm not seeing the questions in the chat... is there another place to find them?

Sue Daker: I am not able to see them either, Tracey.

Tracey Sridharan: Thanks Sue.

Sydnee.Seager: Hello, Sydnee Seager, Utah State Board of Education

Annette Young, MT SSIP Implementation Specialist: Annette Young, MT SSIP Implementation Specialist; Happy New Year!

Lisa.Creecy: Good afternoon-Lisa Creecy, New Mexico Public Education Department

Thom Jones - Wyoming: Hello, Thom Jones, Wyoming Department of Ed.

Donna Parker: Donna Parker, Tennessee

Oklahoma: Kristen Perez-Rickels, MTSS Specialist for OKSPDG

David McKay: David McKay, TN and KY

jhammond: Good afternoon - Jessica Hammond, New Jersey

Brandi: Hello! Brandi Gerry, South Dakota Department of Education

Paula Crawford: Paula Crawford, North Carolina

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: Jennifer Eklund-Smith, Oregon

Brett Nelson: Brett Nelson - Illinois

Amy Lance: Amy Lance - AZ and SD External Evaluator

Corinne Wilson: Corinne Wilson, Virginia

Annette Young, MT SSIP Implementation Specialist: My other would be our Indian Education Dviision

Sydnee.Seager: We also are working with Safe and Healthy Schools

Kate Martin-TN: Kate Martin-Tennessee-SPDG Project Manager

Sue Daker: Not being a part of the October session, I can't speak to the questions that were posed. I totally agree that the more we can align across work from the Department (across divisions, areas of focus), the less that our local districts feel overwhelmed. They see that the Department is working to align the work and areas of focus and it doesn't appear from their perspective to be different "initiatives."

Oklahoma: My sound isn’t working. For us in Oklahoma, one of the biggest barriers seems to be visibility. Our SPDG is housed under a different deputy superintendent than other initiatives for professional learning and MTSS, so the structure of the organization alone creates barriers

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: I think part of the challenge is the divergent timelines. State efforts are often two-year efforts that may or may not continue. SPDG fiscal years do not align to state budget years not to mention school years, and data is available at radically different times.

Sophia Farmer: I am struggling with microphone…but building on what Lynne said re: school improvement - we are seeing that as well and where that is most problematic is our schools that are the neediest. So, several “units” or projects, etc are “competing” for attention. Exacerbating this is high turnover - new and provisionally licensed staff. Are there exemplars of professional learning models for new staff that supportive and successful so that teachers STAY?

Tracey Sridharan: A barrier we have experienced is a organizational memory of past collaboration attempts that were unsuccessful and a lack of trust that resulted. Our approach is to engage the people we can, look for less threatening opportunities to collaborate (a focus on a particular activity in which we can collaborate versus focusing on aligning systems at the start), and a continual focus on building bridges when the opportunities arise.

Kate Martin-TN: The reading wars are certainly still active and affect our alignment efforts.

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: Do you have exemplars of blending and braiding funding that meets fiscal compliance regs?

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: We are also struggling with how new state money may impact MOE and supplant requirements.

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: It is SOOOO much fun (insert eye roll). Thank you for your perspective and resources.

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: Title I supplant has changed, but Title II has kept old requirements.

Jessica Hammond: in thinking about reading, we also need to align w higher ed programs

Jennifer.Coffey: CCSSO Webinar on blending and braiding:

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: Thank you!!

Jessica Hammond: Thank you!

Paula Crawford: Thank you. This was very helpful.

Jennifer Eklund-Smith: I think using the activity based focus vs. program alignment will be useful in an upcoming conversation I have.

Tracey Sridharan: I appreciated Lynn's comment about collaboration breaking down when people are worried they won't be able to complete their required tasks. I will keep this in mind for some upcoming meetings- speaking about the work in terms of how it supports their required tasks.

Sydnee.Seager: I know you touched on it, but relationships are so critical when developing alignment.

Donna Parker: yes I would

Sue Daker: I would bring in a colleague to listen in if a blending / braiding session is done.

Sydnee.Seager: Along with blending and braiding would we touch on supplanting and supplementing?

Jessica Hammond: I would also bring in colleagues for the braiding and blending

Sydnee.Seager: I agree we need to be able to demonstrate outcomes

Kerry Haag Kansas: Would be interested in seeing any tools or thought processes used to determine leveraging of funding sources

Kerry Haag Kansas: Thank you Jennifer for connecting that article with this discussion!!

Jennifer.Coffey: Leveraging article:

Oklahoma: Thank you!

Annette Young, MT SSIP Implementation Specialist: Thank you, Lynn!

Tracey Sridharan: Thank you! It's always a pleasure to learn from Lynn!

Loraine Jensen: Thank you!!!

Jessica Hammond: Thank you so much! This has been great and I love the thinking about alignment and integration!

Sydnee.Seager: Thank you

Sue Daker: Thank you!

CALI Reads: Thanks!!! Love the CEEDAR resources