Important news and upcoming events.
What kinds of policy changes have the potential to help families afford postsecondary education and boost college completion?
High school graduation rates are up, but college attainment is flat. We must prepare more students to succeed in postsecondary study.
What actions can states take to improve teacher evaluation and feedback for educators under the Every Student Succeeds Act?
January 31 – February 2, 2017
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
Join hundreds of state and local CTE leaders to discuss and learn how to connect students to a rigorous career pathway that ultimately leads to a career or college.
Learn more at www.sreb.org/tctwforum.
February 26-28, 2017
San Antonio, Texas
Registration Opening Soon!
Want to improve student attendance, decrease discipline referrals, increase student achievement, and meet college and career readiness standards? Learn how to not only implement a successful advisement initiative, but how to make advisement the most revered strategy on your campus!
July 10-12, 2017
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
The Networking Conference focuses on SREB’s literacy and math frameworks to support teacher instruction and student learning across all content areas. These tools help educators build a collaborative environment where teachers can experiment and encourage student ownership of learning.
Learn more at www.sreb.org/networkingconference.
SREB Commission Calls for States to Focus Policy on College Affordability
States, colleges, families share responsibility
Need-based aid for low-income students should be a priority
Leaders from 16 states are calling for states to elevate affordability for students — especially those from low-income families — as the top priority of their higher education finance policies and practices.
SREB Commission Urges Expanding K-12 Computer Science Education
Members challenge states to help more students pursue degrees and careers in computing fields
Atlanta, December 6, 2016 — As schools celebrate Computer Science Education Week, the Southern Regional Education Board today released the report of its Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology.
Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap: Five Actions States Can Take spotlights the widening gulf between the limited computer science learning experiences available to American students and the millions of good jobs open to individuals with high-level computing skills.
College- and Career-Readiness Networking Conference
Conference to share effective instructional strategies of the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks.
Mississippi attendees at the July 2016 conference: 80
Go Alliance Academy
Strives to increase the postsecondary education and career success of all students by providing timely and relevant professional development in college and career readiness to school counselors, teachers, principals, career coaches and college access advisors.
Go Alliance Academy Representative: Marsha Watson, CACG Program Director, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference
Annual conference for thousands of school leaders, teachers and counselors from middle grades, high schools and technology centers across the country.
Mississippi attendees at the July 2016 conference: 46
Learning-Centered Leadership Program
Works with district, state and university partners to prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to lead school reform to ensure that students are ready for college and careers. This program offers training, guidance and technical assistance.
Nine educators from the Mississippi Department of Education and two school districts in the state attended the LCLP’s Coaching for School Improvement workshop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Literacy and Math Professional Development
In Mississippi, SREB is partnering with the state on a large-scale effort to help districts and schools adopt, spread and sustain effective literacy and math teaching strategies to meet their state’s college- and career-readiness standards.
The Literacy Design Collaborative framework empowers language arts, science and social studies teachers to build meaningful assignments aligned to their state’s college- and career-readiness standards. Teachers take ownership of their professional growth, and students take ownership of their learning.
The Mathematics Design Collaborative teaching framework uses formative assessment lessons — part assessment, part instruction — to help teachers know whether their students understand material they have been taught. Teachers learn to adapt assignments and engage students so they understand the hows and whys of math.
Since the three-year effort began in the 2014-15 school year, this SREB professional development has reached Mississippi educators in 86 schools in 30 districts.
Mississippi teachers who have participated in training and coaching: 480
Mississippi principals who have participated in training and coaching: 72
Mississippi trainers prepared by SREB to continue local training and coaching: 59
These schools and educators were honored by SREB in July 2016:
Rankin County School District
Outstanding LDC Local Trainer Award
Mendenhall Junior High School
Simpson County School District
Outstanding LDC-MDC School Award
Since I began LDC training, my planning has become more focused, aligned and clear. This liberates me to be the facilitator in my classroom. — Sheri Blankenship, instructional coach with Rankin County School District in Brandon
Teaching to Lead
Helps states redesign programs that prepare business professionals to become career and technical education teachers through an alternative certification route. New CTE teachers gain knowledge and skills to manage a classroom of diverse students; plan challenging, work-related assignments; motivate students to complete assignments; and assess student progress.
“It is imperative for these new teachers to receive some type of training to prepare them for the rigors of the classroom. The ‘teacher bootcamp’ training helps them understand classroom management and instructional strategies that are essential.” – Mississippi school administrator
Mississippi adopted the curriculum. The Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University leads the professional development with support from the Mississippi Office of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development.
“The ability to network with other CTE instructors who are experiencing similar issues has provided our new instructors with a new perspective and a renewed sense of purpose.” — Mississippi administrator
Number of new Mississippi CTE teachers participating:
- 52 in the 2014-15 school year
- 92 in the 2015-16 school year
- 86 in the 2016-17 school year
Where We Work
From pre-K to Ph.D, education across a lifetime.
SREB works side-by-side with states to improve education. Click the map or menu to explore education in any of our 16 member states.
Learn more about these reports, services and results.
Pay in-state tuition rates at an out-of-state college.
The SREB Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students in SREB states who want to pursue degrees not offered in their states. More than 1,900 programs are available.
Students benefit by being able to enroll in uncommon degree programs – at in-state tuition rates.
States benefit by avoiding duplication of specialized degrees offered in neighboring states.
Colleges benefit by filling capacity to serve additional students.
SREB Insights interactive data tool is a user-friendly new way to navigate complex education topics and inform decisions and practice. State policymakers, thought leaders and education leaders can understand and compare trends, policies and recommended actions for reaching college- and career-readiness standards.
More and more jobs require some education past high school, yet we are not preparing enough students for college, careers or both. Career pathways from middle and high school through college and into the workplace can accelerate access to the middle class.