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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
John Squires
Director, High Schools to College Readiness Program
404-875-9211




SREB Readiness Courses Training

July 13-17, 2015
Hyatt Regency
Atlanta, Georgia






SREB’s HSTW Staff Development Conference will host an institute on teacher development for the SREB Readiness Courses — powerful, free courses to teach students the skills they need to learn and think independently after high school as they transition to college, careers and advanced training. This institute will prepare teachers to implement college- and career- readiness courses in literacy and/or math. Teachers attending the Readiness Courses Institute will be trained in both the content and pedagogy of SREB's Readiness Courses: Literacy Ready and Math Ready.

Too many U.S. students graduate from high school underprepared for college or career training. These students typically need developmental education when they enroll in college, which often leads to low college completion rates. This readiness gap will grow even larger as new common assessments begin testing students on more rigorous college- and career-readiness standards.

SREB has developed two readiness courses, Literacy Ready and Math Ready, in order to teach skills that prepare students for postsecondary studies. Students will learn how to think critically, read for information, solve problems and write reports. These are the skills young adults must have to succeed, whether they go on to college or advanced training after high school. To find out more about the Readiness Courses, please visit our main page: www.SREB.org/Ready. The courses can be downloaded free of charge from the SREB website.

Literacy Ready


Literacy Ready is an innovative, dynamic course built to help students master the literacy skills needed for three core subject areas — English/language arts (ELA), social studies and science. Literacy Ready consists of six units: two in history, two in ELA and two in science. Content of the discipline is at the forefront of the curriculum, while the disciplinary literacy skills are emphasized through reading and writing assignments based on the content. Units are focused on truly understanding how to read and interpret the text of the discipline at the college level. They are designed to be used as stepping stones, with the first module in each subject less rigorous and demanding than the last.

Math Ready


Math Ready focuses on the key anchor readiness standards from the new college- and career-readiness standards as well as the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice needed for students to be ready to undertake postsecondary academic or career preparation in non-STEM fields or majors. The course addresses standards for Algebra I and II, statistics and geometry, and consists of eight modules: algebraic expressions, equations, measurement and proportional reasoning, linear functions, linear systems of equations, quadratic functions, exponential functions, and summarizing and interpreting statistical data. While this course covers basic and procedural math practices, it is designed to be taught in a new and engaging way.




How to Attend?

SREB is offering this training for teachers and principals who agree to implement the courses and complete the Readiness Courses Institute MOU, which lists the conditions for implementation.

What Is the Cost?

The courses and curriculum guides can be downloaded for free (hard copies are not distributed). Registration for SREB's Readiness Courses Institute costs $250 per person.

Are Stipends Available?

Yes. Stipends will be available to the first 50 registrants in the amount of $500 to help with the cost of travel and registration. In addition to registering early, your school must sign an MOU with SREB agreeing to teach the curriculum as prepared and meet further conditions to qualify for a stipend. Registration is still due in advance even if you qualify for a stipend. Stipends will be hand-delivered to participants meeting all requirements at the conclusion of the training at Noon on Friday, July 17.

Which Students?

SREB's Readiness Courses are designed for high school students who, by their junior year, score slightly below the college-readiness level on state or national exams.

Which Teachers?

The courses are designed for highly effective teachers, with some experience teaching the target group of students, who are open to new teaching styles and delivery models.

Which Standards and Tools?

The courses are grounded in the college- and career-readiness anchor standards in literacy and math, utilizing hybrid, in-class and online approaches, including the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) strategies, to help students reach deeper learning. Expert trainers and staff will train teachers to use the multiple teaching strategies used in the curricula.

Schedule at a Glance


Monday - July 13, 2015

7 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 9 a.m.
9 a.m. - Noon
Noon - 1 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.

Registration
Opening General Session
Breakout Sessions
Lunch
Breakout Sessions

Tuesday - July 14, 2015

8:30 a.m. - Noon
Noon - 1 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Lunch
Breakout Sessions

Wednesday - July 15, 2015

8:30 a.m. - Noon
Noon - 1 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Lunch
Breakout Sessions

Thursday - July 16, 2015

8:30 a.m. - Noon
Noon - 1 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.

Free Time to Attend HSTW Conference Sessions
Lunch
Breakout Sessions

Friday - July 17, 2015

8:30 a.m. - Noon
Noon - 5 p.m.

Breakout & Closing Sessions
Free Time to Attend HSTW Conference Sessions



The Readiness Courses Institute will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Atlanta, Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. until Noon. Thursday and Friday morning will include time for participants to attend sessions at the HSTW Staff Development Conference. Participants are also welcome to stay through to the HSTW Staff Development Conference closing general session on Saturday, July 18, if they wish, at no additional cost.


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