Collaboration & Effective Service Delivery
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency developed a strategic five-year (2011-2016) Comprehensive Improvement Plan. The Plan is designed to achieve the Agency’s three student learning goals, accomplish the Agency’s teaching and learning mission, and adhere to the Iowa Code mandated AEA Standards of Service, Iowa Code §281—72.4. The Plan will be operationalized through four connected action plans. These four connected action plans reflect an inclusive approach to successfully meet the needs of schools, school districts, customers, and other stakeholders.
The Agency has established four Building Blocks and corresponding action plans have been designed for each Building Block. These Building Blocks were identified through an extensive exploratory process. The process included consulting support by national and international education experts, a review of literature and research, input from internal and external stakeholders, and the alignment of actions to goals, mission, and Iowa Code AEA mandates.
Highly specialized services was established to improve service delivery at the classroom level through integrated and customized programs and services by interconnected specialized focus areas. The strategy is to use co-ownership of student outcomes, collaborative partnerships, and media/technology tools to better serve the needs of each school, district, and customer.
- Integrating staff members into schools to support literacy, numeracy, student engagement, and multi-tiered system of supports. The Agency has committed resources to the priority of supporting every school having effective literacy and numeracy instructional practices with a highly engaging learning environment using a multi-tiered system of supports to meet individual student learning needs. The development of school-based teams that collaborate with principals, building leadership teams, and teachers to support their school improvement efforts with an emphasis on their literacy and numeracy curriculum, student engagement practices, and response-to-intervention structures.
- Structuring the organization and shifting resources to support the building collaboration teams’ efforts. The Agency added six focus area and specialty field administrators to support staff collaboration efforts (literacy, numeracy, student engagement, MTSS, special education, and teacher leadership).
- Committing to the AEA COMPACT. The Agency’s structure and priorities for delivering highly specialized services are focused on the COMPACT’s goals: [a] every Iowa child is proficient in ready by the end of third grade; [b] every child has the math skills needed to succeed; [c] learning gaps between student with disabilities and those without are reduced by at least half; and [d] that students enter post-secondary opportunities with the skills and attitude they need to succeed.