SEA of the
The SEA of the Future is an education publication and video series examining how state education agencies can shift from a compliance to a performance-oriented organization through strategic planning and performance management tools to meet growing demands to support education reform while improving productivity.
The BSCP Center presents, in cooperation with the Education Commission of the States:
Opportunities and Challenges in a New Policy Environment:
A Conversation with State Chiefs
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Welcome from Dean Nafziger
Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera
Pennsylvania Department of Education
State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson
North Carolina Department of Education
Commissioner of Education Johnny Key
Arkansas Department of Education
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister
Oklahoma Department of Education
Director of Education Ryan Wise
Iowa Department of Education
Education Commission of the States
President, Jeremy Anderson
Dr. Alan Morgan interviews the following state chiefs:
View or download The SEA of the Future volumes below.
The SEA of the Future - Leveraging Performance Management to Support School Improvement (Volume 1)
This inaugural edition of The SEA of the Future examines how SEAs can better manage their relationships with districts and schools, identifies strategies for aligning resources with goals, and considers how outsiders — governors, legislators, philanthropies, and reform advocates — can support the transition.
The SEA of the Future - Prioritizing Productivity (Volume 2)
Entitled “Prioritizing Productivity,” Volume II of the biannual The SEA of the Future series examines how state leaders, challenged with having to make decisions on how to use limited resources are faced with an uneasy zero-sum game: every dollar they put into one program is a dollar not spent in another. When state education agency (SEA) chiefs suggest that public funds can be better spent, they are criticized, often unfairly. In short, leaders need to talk about how to better spend money in schools and districts; they need to prioritize productivity.
ESSAYS FROM PUBLICATION: Volume 2
The SEA of the Future - Building the Productivity Infrastructure (Volume 3)
In this third volume of the series, we introduce the “productivity infrastructure.” The productivity infrastructure constitutes the building blocks for an SEA committed to supporting productivity, innovation, and performance—from the state chief to the classroom.
ESSAYS FROM PUBLICATION: Volume 3
The SEA of the Future - Uncovering the Productivity Promise of Rural Education (Volume 4)
Like their urban counterparts, rural schools and districts are being asked to stretch their dollars further but with limited economies of scale, difficult teacher labor markets, and inadequate access to time and money-saving technologies. And, while rural schools and districts educate millions of American students, they do so with less support and attention than their urban and suburban counterparts. Regardless, there are examples of rural districts and schools that are innovating how they deliver services to students, recruit teachers, use technology, and serve special populations. This volume details those efforts, provides potential solutions to challenges, and compels state leaders to keep the unique needs of rural education in mind when crafting policies that are designed with urban and suburban districts in mind.
The SEA of the Future - Building Agency Capacity for Evidence-Based Policymaking (Volume 5)
In the fifth volume of The SEA of the Future, we explore how state education agencies can bolster their ability to use research and data to drive key spending, policy, and program decisions. We draw on the experiences of state agency staff from Massachusetts, Michigan, and Tennessee, as well as the work of the Regional Comprehensive Centers. Volume 5 includes practical tools state agencies can use to assist with research and data. Carrie Conaway’s essay features a sample policy analyst job description and a research office organizational chart. An essay by Nathaniel Schwartz describes how to build a research team within the SEA and provides a framework and practical guidance on how research fits in the policy cycle. Venessa Keesler’s essay includes a case study of a research partnership—the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research. Finally, the BSCP Center’s group interview with Comprehensive Center leaders (Kathleen Dempsey, Caitlin Howley, and Paul Kohler) discusses their experiences in building evidence-based policy and provides a sample blueprint for states looking to create a research office.
ESSAYS FROM PUBLICATION: Volume 5
NEW! The SEA of the Future - Maximizing Opportunities Under ESSA (Volume 6)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with an unprecedented opportunity and authority to lead improvement strategies for their students and schools. In this sixth volume the SEA of the Future, Maximizing Opportunities Under ESSA, reputable scholars explore how states can 1) craft accountability systems that can drive continuous improvement system wide, and 2) redefine their role in supporting educators, schools, and districts. Essays from authors from the Center on Reinventing Pubic Education include: “ESSA’s Opportunities for States in Assessment, Accountability, and Turnaround” by Ashley Jochim; “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: Why Chiefs Should Do Both to Improve Schools and Districts by Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim; and “What Works? Evidence-Based Policymaking Under ESSA” by Betheny Gross.
ESSAYS FROM PUBLICATION: Volume 6
The BSCP Center is funded by a cooperative agreement (#S283B120042) between the U.S. Department of Education and Edvance Research, Inc.
The findings and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the U.S. Department of Education.
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