Tennessee Hosts 5,500 Educators for SREB Conferences
Melinda Gates Speaks with Teachers at Monday Keynote

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Melinda Gates Speaks with Teachers at Monday Keynote

Atlanta, GA — About 5,500 teachers, principals and other K-12 educators from states across the nation gather in Nashville this week at conferences hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board to help students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. All meetings take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
SREB Common Core State Standards Networking Conference
Monday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 16
 
Literacy Design Collaborative and Mathematics Design Collaborative are flexible frameworks for teachers to collaborate and create lessons— in all subjects — that  engage students to read challenging text, express their understanding in writing, become problem-solvers and apply math reasoning skills.
 
About 1,100 teachers, principals and experts will share best practices, instructional strategies and personal stories of struggle and success with these powerful tools.
 
Monday at 1 pm: Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an advocate of investing in teachers, will talk with the gathering in the keynote address. The address will be streamed live and archived at SREB.org/1793.
 
SREB High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference 
Wednesday, July 16 – Saturday, July 19

The 28th annual event features hundreds of workshops — for more than 4,300 teachers, counselors, principals and other educators — on improving middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers. National experts and practitioners from schools in more than 30 states will share school improvement ideas ranging from counseling for careers to classroom observations to project-based learning.
 
Wednesday at 3 pm: 75 awards to schools that have made great strides to improve learning for students, and an address by SREB Senior Vice President Gene Bottoms on “Finding Solutions to Today’s Challenges”

SREB Readiness Courses Institute
Wednesday, July 16 – Saturday, July 19
More than 100 educators will come together to learn to offer these powerful, free courses. SREB Math Ready and Literacy Ready teach students the skills they need to learn and think independently after high school, in college and careers.

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The Southern Regional Education Board works with states to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.