Arkansas, Alabama And Missouri Educators, South Carolina School Win National Readiness Awards
Leadership in preparing students for success in high school and after
Three educators and a South Carolina high school were honored this week with Southern Regional Education Board awards. These recognize outstanding teaching and leadership with SREB Readiness Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies. The winners were honored at SREB’s Readiness Courses Institute in Orlando, Florida.
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.
Highlighted speakers for the Summit on School Leadership Preparation and Development in Large Districts included:
- Earl Franks, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Prior to leading the NAESP, Franks led the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS), a professional membership organization that served as a leading provider for school leader learning in that state.
- J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia since 1996. Gwinnett has won the Broad Prize for Urban Education twice, in 2010 and 2014. Gwinnett’s Quality-Plus Leader Academy has been recognized for excellence by the Wallace Foundation, and every year Wilbanks personally leads training for the district’s future principals.
- Steve Tozer, founding coordinator of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Education Leadership program. The Christian Science Monitor has just reported that school leadership has been credited with a 20 point increase in high school graduation rates in Chicago between 2011 and 2017, and learning gains between third and eighth grade is outpacing 96 percent of U.S. school districts. Tozer will tell us how this leadership revolution is changing the nation’s third largest district.
2018 Annual Leadership Forum
Summit on School Leadership Preparation and Development in Large Districts
SREB held its 15th Annual Leadership Forum at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel on April 26-27, 2018.
Thursday, April 26:
- Gene Bottoms, Southern Regional Education Board
Breakout Session 1: Powerful District Learning Experiences for School Leaders
Research shows that career academies — small learning communities in which students take academic and technical courses as a cohort with dedicated academy teachers — not only help students transition to college, but also improve their labor market outcomes, according to studies conducted by MDRC.
High schools and technology centers that join SREB’s AC STEM Pathway Academy Network find that career academies naturally complement their existing efforts to improve instruction and engage students.
“I believe the Aerospace Engineering curriculum is helping students to learn and to think like engineers,” says Bill Vivian who teaches the Advanced Career (AC) Aerospace Engineering curriculum at Sun Valley High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In this issue, Advanced Career master teachers share how students see purpose and own their learning.
The newsletter highlights teachers’ experiences at the AC Summer Teacher Training Institute hosted by Georgia Tech.
This July, join us at SREB’s summer conferences and find out why Baltimore has been named “the coolest city on the East coast,” “one of the top 20 travel destinations for 2019,” “a mini family vacation that won’t break the bank,” “one of America’s most artistic towns,” and “one of the most exciting food cities” – and earned a spot on “the Great American Barbecue Bucket List.”
After seven years of offering the College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference as a separate meeting, we’re uniting our summer conferences in one powerful event – the Making Schools Work Conference.
Join us in New Orleans in 2020 to explore powerful literacy and mathematics tools and strategies that enhance students’ content knowledge and reasoning skills.