The last two weeks have certainly required flexibility,
innovation and problem-solving for educators not just in SREB
states but across the nation and the world. Those of us at SREB
who support teachers and district- and school-based coaches have
been flooded with emails, texts and phone calls asking for help.
In an effort to support all of you from afar, we offer some tips
and strategies for how you can navigate the road of e-learning.
We know that this is a challenging time for teachers across the
country. Many of you have been plunged into the world of virtual
learning without a lot of time to prepare. Following sudden
school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve had to
move quickly to shift your carefully planned lessons online so
your students can continue learning at home. And those of
you who are STEM and career and technical education teachers
in particular face unique challenges as you work to adapt
hands-on learning experiences to a virtual format.
A thriving economy and a workforce prepared for it will
increasingly demand that more adults earn
postsecondary credentials. Ensuring that students
successfully move from middle grades into high school, then into
college or technical education programs, is critical if states
hope to boost their adult educational attainment levels.
A small-town high school has become one of Georgia’s highest-performing schools, with graduation rates comparable to those in North Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs.
Unlike schools in many upscale suburbs, Camden County High School in Kingsland, about 35 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, draws 45 percent of its 2,500 students from low-income families. The school is among many across the country that have used SREB’s High Schools That Work school improvement framework — newly updated, but first introduced more than 30 years ago.
Graduation rates are up again in states across the nation – and SREB states lead the pack once again in data released this week by the United States Department of Education.
Graduation rates climbed in 11 of the 16 SREB states between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Ten SREB states tied or exceeded the national rate. Three of the SREB states were on the list of top 10 states: Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas.