Elementary Grades


Elementary Grades

From its start as a set of transformative practices for high schools, SREB’s research-based, classroom-tested Making Schools Work school improvement process has grown to include designs for the middle grades, technology centers and now the elementary grades.


K-5 School Improvement
Providing quality early learning for lifelong success

SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement process is grounded in challenging curricula, engaging instruction, developmentally appropriate career discovery, personalized student supports and leadership practices that promote continuous school improvement and a nurturing school environment.

Our school improvement design for grades K-5 is under development with an anticipated launch in 2021. We currently offer a full range of K-5 support services in addition to specialized literacy and math professional development for school leaders and teachers.

  • Designed and field-tested by elementary educators, SREB’s Powerful Literacy Practices help children in grades K-5 gain reading, comprehension and vocabulary skills as they read, write and talk about grade-level texts in different subject areas.
  • Our Powerful Math Practices enhance young children’s procedural fluency, helping them solve grade-appropriate problems.

Districts and schools may contact Scott Warren, director of Making Schools Work, to learn more.


Elementary Key Practices

Making Schools Work engages the entire elementary school community — teachers, leaders and staff working together in a distributed leadership structure — in addressing SREB’s five focus areas (leadership for continuous improvement, aligned curriculum, engaging instruction, career exploration and systems of support) and taking ownership of their improvement efforts. 

By combining this process with the 10 Key Practices below, elementary schools build their capacity to continuously address problems and meet clear targets for student success. 

Download the Key Practices: Download the PDF

Download an 11×17 poster of our process and practices: Download the PDF

Download a 24×36 poster of the practices: Download the PDF

Download a grid of SREB’s Key Practices and Focus Areas across K-12: Download the PDF