Regional Centers of Excellence

Regional Centers of Excellence: Purposes and Outcomes

The purpose for this document is to detail the respective purposes and outcomes of the groups associated with the Centers. (Those in italics have been finalized by the respective teams; those not italicized will be finalized in the next few weeks.)

Service Cooperative Directors (SSOS): To foster a cohesive, consistent, statewide system of support that produces maximal service to schools, and shifts paradigms among partners to strengthen partnerships. This will increase the exchange of educational expertise, increase cohesion in service delivery, improve positive perceptions of partnering organizations, enhance the leverage of resources, and result in enriched service to schools and a substantial increase in student outcomes. This group will be replaced by the FAED group in January of 2014.

Fiscal Agent Executive Directors (FAED): The purpose of this group is to provide managerial guidance to the fiscal agent grantees for the Centers so that they operate efficiently and effectively relative to the budgetary and fiscal aspects of the Centers. This group will replace the Service Cooperative Directors group in January of 2014.

Centers Partnership Network (CPN): The purpose of this advisory group is to represent the perspectives of their respective organizations’ as they relate to the implementation and expansion of the Centers. This group network will provide guidance that will enable MDE and the fiscal agent grantees to sustain the implementation of a cohesive regional delivery system that provides effective, efficient and equitable support for those functions the Department is obligated to provide service or support. This group will engage in reflective dialogue regarding regional services and support through the use of the ORID (objective, reflective, interpretive, and decisional) process.

MDE Centers Oversight Group (COG): The purpose of this group is to review and either approve or deny proposals from potential partners for the provision of service or support to be provided as part of a cohesive regional delivery system. Their review will be based upon the Centers of Excellence Criteria Document and the recommendations from the advisory group, Centers Partnership Network, Center Directors, Center Coordinator and MDE Program Coordinator.

Centers Coordinator: The purpose for this position is to lead the implementation and expansion of the Centers in collaboration with the CDIT and others to ensure efficient, effective, equitable access to services and support for which the Department has an obligation to provide.

Project Coordinator: The purpose for this position is to lead the implementation efforts of projects identified by the COG in collaboration with the CAIT and others through the use of a cohesive and consistent statewide regional delivery system.

Center Directors Implementation Team (CDIT): The purpose of this group is to advise the Centers Coordinator on the expansion of the Centers by providing expertise that will enable MDE and the fiscal agent grantees to implement and sustain a cohesive regional delivery system equipped to provide effective, efficient and equitable support for the Statewide System of Support and other functions for which the Department is obligated to provide service or support.

• What are the needs for MDE obligatory services and support in your region?
• What potential partnership opportunities exist to provide services and support in these areas?
• Why should the service and support be provided?
• How should the service and support be provided?
• How will successful provision of the service and support be measured and sustained?

Center Directors for the SSOS: The purpose of the Centers of Excellence, Statewide System of Support is to provide cohesive, focused systemic support to districts and schools to maximize resources, build capacity, and promote sustainability of reform efforts that will significantly increase educational equity, excellence and efficacy for all students. Specifically, the Center Directors for the SSOS collaboratively with regional staff, MDE, service cooperatives, and each other to raise student achievement and close the achievement gap in Focus and Priority Schools by creating sustainable leadership focused on student growth.

Center Directors for the Expansion: The purpose of this group is to initiate partnerships, and assist others in initiating partnerships, that enable school leadership teams to develop and implement services and support that will close the achievement gap, increase career and college readiness, and increase graduation rates through the implementation of research-based interventions and practices. They will:

• Identify MDE services and support currently underway in the state
• Ascertain opportunities for the provision of services for which MDE has an obligation to provide support
• Collaborate with MDE to create a more cohesive regional delivery system that increases the efficiency, effectiveness and equitable access to all districts, schools and charter schools.

MDE Cross-Agency Implementation Team SSOS (CAIT): The purpose and outcome for the CAIT is to collaboratively design and develop materials and resources to be used by Center staff to support common implementation practices that increase educators’ ability to improve teaching practices that result in increased student achievement. Provide and exchange ongoing professional development and support to Center staff as needed, and in response to the needs that emerge in Focus and Priority Schools.