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Readiness Courses Training

Readiness Courses Training

Megan Root
Manager, Readiness Courses and Policy, School Improvement

SREB Readiness Courses Training

July 13-16, 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 the SREB 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.

Thus, SREB 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.

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 of Mathematical Practices 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 procedur math practices, it is designed to be taught in a new and engaging way.

Which students?
SREB 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.

How to attend?
SREB is offering this training for teachers and principals who commit to these conditions upon registration.
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1) Offer Literacy Ready or Math Ready in the 2015-16 school year, either as a year-long course or a semester course on a block schedule.

2) Commit the schools highly effective teachers to teach the courses, preferably teachers who have experience with teaching to college-readiness levels.

3) Guarantee participation of principal in assisting teachers and helping evaluate each courses' effectiveness.

4) Participate in follow-up training throughout the year on SREB's iTunes U training courses and/or in-person.

5) Submit electronically teacher lesson surveys, student surveys, classroom and testing data void of student identifiers only for an evaluation study of the success of the course.

What does it cost?
Registration costs $300 per person. A limited number of stipends will be available for teachers.

The Readiness Courses Institute will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Atlanta, Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. until Moon. Thursday and Friday morning will include time for participants to attend sessions at the HSTW Staff Development Conference.

More information will be posted soon. To find out more about the Readiness Courses, please visit our main page:

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