Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) expects schools to show continuous progress in implementing classroom practices and improving student achievement. This document helps verify improvement in student achievement and determine if 85 percent of students in all student groups are meeting the MMGW Goals in reading, mathematics and science.
This course emphasizes understanding of mathematics concepts rather than just memorizing procedures. Math Ready students learn the context behind procedures and understand why to use a certain formula or method to solve a problem. By engaging students in real-world applications, Math Ready develops critical thinking skills that students will use in college and their careers.
Note that Math Ready is not designed to prepare students for advanced mathematics in STEM majors.
2013 legislation in Arkansas calls for the high schools
to assess students before they graduate from high school and
offer transitional courses for those who do not meet college- and
career-readiness standards. In response, the Arkansas
Department of Education trained more than 300 educators to
teach the SREB Readiness Courses — more than half of them
for the Literacy Ready course, demonstrating a major
commitment to literacy in Arkansas.
Mississippi: Readiness endorsement for teaching certificates
State news about SREB Readiness Courses
In the summer of 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education
trained more than 200 teachers — more than 60 in Literacy Ready
and 160 in Math Ready. To support these teachers, Mississippi
created an SREB Ready endorsement. The state affixes an SREB
Literacy Ready or SREB Math Ready endorsement to the
certifications of teachers who complete the initial training
and the online follow-up training.
North Carolina: Early and widespread adoption for math readiness
State news about SREB Readiness Courses
North Carolina adopted transition courses early. The state’s
Essentials for College Math course is based on SREB Math
Ready units, and the state trained more than 150 teachers in
2014-15 and an additional 90 in summer 2015.
School Leadership Change Emerging in Alabama
Results of the Governor’s Congress on School Leadership
In 2004, Alabama Governor Bob Riley and State Superintendent Joseph B. Morton convened the Governor’s Congress on School Leadership to transform the state’s framework for educational leadership and provide Alabama’s schools with leaders who can improve instruction and achievement. This report outlines the ways in which Alabama has changed school leadership throughout the state, presents university and district partners’ perspectives on the reform, and provides recommendations for further reform to continue improving school leadership in Alabama.
Strategies for Saving Struggling Schools: What Works
SREB’s ninth annual Leadership Forum was held at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel Atlanta Airport on May 3-4, 2012. Tierney Fairchild, author of The Turnaround Mindset, was a featured presenter, along with Stephen Fink, the director of the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington.
Deepening Student Learning Through Teacher-Focused Principal Leadership
SREB held its 10th annual Leadership Forum at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel on May 9-10, 2013. Featured presenters included Michelle Young, executive director of the University Council for Educational Administration, Fred Brown, director of strategy and development at Learning Forward, and Eleanor Dougherty, author of Assignments Matter: Making the Connections that Help Students Meet Standards.
Deepening School Leaders’ Understanding of College- and Career-Readiness Standards
SREB held its 11th annual Leadership Forum at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel on May 8-9, 2014. Featured presenters included Paul Fleming, executive director for Leader Effectiveness at the Tennessee Department of Education; Candice McQueen, senior vice president and dean of the College of Education at Lipscomb University; and Matt Clifford, principal research scientist at the American Institutes for Research.
Getting to Both C’s: Leadership to Prepare Students for Both College and Careers
SREB held its 12th Annual Leadership Forum at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel on April 30-May 1, 2015. Featured presenters included Michelle Dillard, assistant superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky; MaryEllen Elia, former superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida; Bonnie Fusarelli, professor of educational leadership at North Carolina State University; Fiona Johnson, principal of Charter School of Excellence, Riverland Campus in Florida; Philip Lanoue, superintendent of Clarke County Schools in Georgia and 2015 National Superintendent of the Year; Maria Medina, principal of South Dade Middle School in Florida; and Aileen Vega, principal of Flagami Elementary School in Florida.