Carnegie Summit 2022: Region 14 Comprehensive Center Poster Sessions


Reimagining Talent Management Systems: Data and Communication Collide to Inform Systemic Change!

The Team

Jenna Aurand Scott, Ph.D.
Educator Effectiveness Lead, Region 14 Comprehensive Center
JennaScott@westat.com

Darcy Pietryka
Project Lead, Region 14 Comprehensive Center
DarcyPietryka@westat.com

Sandra Hurst
Director, Office of Educator Effectiveness, Arkansas Department of Education
Sandra.Hurst@ade.arkansas.gov

Sharlee Crowson
Special Projects Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Sharlee.Crowson@ade.arkansas.gov

Andy Sullivan
Director of Licensure, Arkansas Department of Education
Andy.Sullivan@ade.arkansas.gov

The Need

Like many State Education Agencies (SEAs), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recognizes the challenge of ensuring that all Arkansas students, especially those most underserved, have access to effective educators.

The Approach

ADE, in partnership with the Region 14 Comprehensive Center, is employing a human-centered design approach to reimagine a holistic talent management system rooted in data-driven decision-making that effectively engages all stakeholders at every level through authentic communication to help support current and future educators.

The Impact

Through this approach, ADE has developed systems alignment, data-driven solutions, and strategic communications to drive improvement and systemically break down silos, leading to better identification of problems, points of reflection and/or change, and solutions. Data are used for improvement, rather than solely for accountability or requirements. The strategic data-driven decision-making and deep communications strategy in the ADE talent management systems are helping grow equitable access to effective educators.

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LEANing In With VSM: A Strategy to an Effective Culture Shift

The Team

Kristin Nafziger
Director, Region 14 Comprehensive Center
KristinNafziger@westat.com

Kristen Pugh
Project Lead, Region 14 Comprehensive Center
KristenPugh@westat.com

Hunter Brown
Executive Director of Operational Quality, Louisiana Department of Education
Hunter.Brown@la.gov

The Need

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) wanted to provide a more efficient service for internal staff to better serve students and impact educational outcomes.

The Approach

With the support of the Region 14 Comprehensive Center, LDOE prioritized improving procurement and implemented a Value Stream Mapping (VSM) event to identify the current state of the process, the pain points of the process, and the desired state of the process.

The Impact

Taking the time to thoroughly evaluate a flawed process allowed LDOE to identify a strong set of improvements. The LDOE has implemented the new process for several months now, and while they still have a way to go to reach the desired future state, there have been areas of benefit identified. One of the most valuable improvements implemented is the volume of data points they are now collecting which can in turn be analyzed and lead to continuous improvements across time. This would not have been possible without a dedicated group of staff members who took the time to implement a full VSM event.

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Preparing for Difficult Conversations: Our Journey to Build Capacity to Address Equity in Districts

The Team

Karen Gray-Adams, Ph.D.
Project Lead, Region 14 Comprehensive Center
KarenGray-Adams@westat.com

Karen Schroll
Project Team, Region 14 Comprehensive Center
KarenSchroll@westat.com

The Need

The State Education Agency’s aim was to increase access to and retention of effective educators for underserved students in the state.

The Approach

The Region 14 Comprehensive Center supported stakeholders through the identification and development of resources and professional learning opportunities to implement evidence-based interventions.

The Impact

Through the exploration of data fields used to identify districts with equity gaps and examining the quality of the district equity plans, Regional Equity Leads gained skills in analyzing data and identifying root causes and strategies. Regional Equity Leads also developed a shared language and understanding of cultural competency, relevancy, and responsiveness. With increased knowledge, as well as resources and tools, Regional Equity Leads were better prepared to address equity issues within their local districts.

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