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Making Schools Work Conference Schedule

All conference events will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Date / Time Conference Event
Tuesday, July 7  
8 – 10:30 a.m. Making Schools Work Advisory Council (Invitation only)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration, Exhibit Hall and Escape Rooms Open
Noon State Networking Lunch (Optional: Registration and payment required)
1 – 2:15 p.m. Making Schools Work Improvement Framework Orientations for Elementary Grades, Middle Grades, High Schools and Technology Centers
2:30 p.m. Opening General Session, Keynote and Awards
4 – 5 p.m. Awards Reception and Prize Giveaway in the Conference Exhibit Hall
   
Wednesday, July 8, 2020  
7 a.m. Coffee
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration, Exhibit Hall and Escape Room Open
8 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
9 a.m. Morning Refreshment Break
9:15 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
10:30 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
11:30 a.m. Lunch (One Seating)
12:30 p.m. General Session
1:45 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Refreshment Break
3 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
4 p.m. Team Planning Time
   
Thursday, July 9, 2020  
7 a.m. Coffee
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Exhibit Hall and Escape Rooms Open (Registration ends at noon)
8 – 10 a.m. Deep-Dive Sessions
10 a.m. Morning Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
11:30 a.m. Lunch (One Seating)
12:30 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
1:45 p.m. Concurrent and Table Talk Sessions
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Refreshment Break
3 p.m. Closing General Session and Keynote
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Celebratory Reception – Mardi Gras World (Optional: Registration and payment required)
   
Friday, July 10, 2020  
7 a.m. Coffee
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Industry Tours
  Networked Improvement Community Meetings
  Unconference Sessions
  Escape Room Open
Noon Conference Adjourns
Blog post Jon Schmidt-DavisDirector, SREB Learning-Centered Leadership Program

Unsung Heroes of America’s Schools
Assistant principals are critical to school success

Michelle Lampert

Assistant principals supervise the hallways and the lunchrooms. They observe teachers and coordinate testing. They serve as the first line of response for discipline referrals, guide wayward students with humor and compassion — and do their best to make their principals look good.

It’s a lot, but most assistant principals truly love their jobs and know that what they do is critical to their school’s success.

Publication May 20184 pages

Repeating a Grade: How Well Does It Work?
Research Snapshot

This research snapshot on retention policies examines what we know about retaining young students, from research on outcomes to how much states spend on additional years of schooling. The brief lists intervention policies in the nine SREB states that require third graders to show reading proficiency to be promoted to fourth grade.

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Gene Bottoms, Leader of School Improvement, Retires from SREB
Dale Winkler Named SREB Vice President for School Improvement

After a 61-year career of making school work for students, Gene Bottoms has retired from his role leading school improvement programs for the Southern Regional Education Board.

Gene Bottoms

And after a two-year transition period, Dale Winkler now takes on those responsibilities as SREB vice president for school improvement.

“Gene Bottoms is a giant in the world of improving education for all students,” said SREB President Dave Spence. “What he has built will help students, teachers and states for decades to come.”

Publication May 20184 pagesState Services Staff

School District Consolidation

Consolidation, also referred to as regionalization or reorganization, is the process of joining two or more schools or districts into a single entity. State policymakers seeking efficiencies in K-12 education often explore district consolidation as a means of decreasing education expenditures. For decades researchers and policymakers have debated the benefits of consolidation.

Publication May 20188 pages18S02

2018 Legislative Report No. 2

Governors’ legislative and budget proposals in Delaware and Oklahoma. Final actions in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi and West Virginia. Notes from other SREB states.

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Blog post Guest post by Education First

How States Can Get Teacher Evaluation Systems Right
Insights from our partners at Education First

High-quality teacher evaluations are an important component of comprehensive systems to ensure that all students are being taught by effective teachers. From evaluations, districts and states can generate data that can positively impact teachers and students in numerous ways. This is why states have invested so much in them – since 2009, 37 states have updated their evaluation systems – and why they are so important to get right.

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DSP Graduate Featured on PBS NewsHour Segment

DSP Graduate Featured on PBS NewsHour Segment

Congratulations to SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduate Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work as a faculty mentor was highlighted in a PBS NewsHour special series. The interview with Dr. Frasure-Yokley appears in the weekly Making the Grade series segment. ”How faculty mentors can help first-generation students succeed.”