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School Is My Happy Place
Educator Effectiveness Spotlight

Happy staff. Hardworking students. Supportive parents.

School culture matters. It affects teachers’ morale and instruction,  parent engagement, and students’ behavior and learning. Developing and sustaining a positive school culture is hard — but one Florida elementary school has a lot of creative ideas for making it work.

Blog post By Jon Schmidt-Davis

Highly Qualified Turnaround Leaders Emerge in Florida

The Florida Turnaround Leaders Program is a big hit in Florida that will ultimately result in better principals, better schools, and higher-performing students. “This program has provided the best professional development I have ever experienced in my 25 years as an educator,” said one participant.

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Postsecondary Education

Academic Common Market

A tuition-savings program for *college students in SREB member states who want to pursue degrees not offered by in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the in-state tuition rates.

During calendar year 2017, approximately 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and nearly 3,355 new students were certified for study.

*Florida only participates at the graduate level.

In 2017, 24 Florida students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $11,852 each and a collective total of $260,740 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Jeremy Hudak, Assistant Director of Academic and Student Affairs, State University System of Florida Board of Governors.

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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.​

Florida is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Florida saved $12.2 million for initial authorization and save $3.4 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Florida SARA Representatives: Karl Washington, Director of Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education with the Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council.

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Fact Book and Data Exchange

Fact Book

The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is a compilation of comparative data on topics including demographics; college enrollment, retention, progression and graduation; tuition and fees; student financial aid; state support for postsecondary education; and faculty salaries. The Fact Book is published bi-annually, but the data are updated annually and made available on the SREB website.​

Florida leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Florida: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education .

SREB-State Data Exchange

An annual collection of postsecondary education data that are submitted by representatives (i.e., Data Exchange coordinators) of postsecondary education system offices. The data collected include degrees conferred, student retention and progression, time to degree, student credit hours taken by high school students and by college students in courses using distance education technology, state funding for postsecondary education, and tuition and fees.

SREB State Data Exchange tables are posted on the SREB website.

Florida’s participating agencies and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinators:

Jason Jones, Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida
Keith Richard, Florida College System

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Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing

Helps expand and strengthen schools of nursing to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to educate the nation’s registered nurses. The Council surveys institutions for nursing education trends and shares online graduate nursing courses.

As of November 2018, six Florida institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Barry University: John McFadden, Dean
Florida Atlantic University: Marlaine Smith, Dean
Florida International University: Ora L. Strickland, Dean
Nova Southeastern University: Marcella Rutherford, Dean
University of North Florida: Lillia Loriz, Dean,
University of South Florida: Victoria P. Rich, Dean

SREB.org/Nursing >

Doctoral Scholars Program

Supports minority students to help them earn Ph.D.s, begin careers at colleges and universities, and diversify campus faculties. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.

Florida scholars since 1993: 20
Florida scholars funded in 2018-19: 0
2018 Institute attendees from Florida: 87
Graduates since 1993: 3
Graduates currently employed: 2
Percent employed in education: 50

Florida-supported Ph.D. students have attended these institutions since 1993:

Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Florida

SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

Publication June 201840 pages(18E03-FL)

Florida: Looking Closer

Looking Closer is the eighth biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student achievement, high school graduation, college completion and workforce readiness.

FULL REPORT

DATA GRAPHICS SNAPSHOT

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Interstate Cooperatives

Educational Technology Cooperative

Membership group of state K-12 and higher education coordinating and governing boards that represent more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 school districts in SREB states. The ETC focuses on member agencies and state policymakers on using technology wisely, helps states understand technology issues, and forms an action agenda for effectively using technology in education. 

Florida representatives attended the spring and summer ETC webinars. Florida sent one attendee to the 2018 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology. John Opper presented on Florida’s Open Educational Resources survey.

Florida ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology. John Opper served on two of the 10 Issues working groups and is a member of the ETC executive committee.

Florida ETC Representative and Member Agency:

John Opper, Executive Director, Distance Learning and Student Support Services, Florida Virtual Campus

SREB.org/EdTech >

Insurance and Technology Purchasing Savings

Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved saved $8.3 million on over $83 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2018 — more than double the FY2017 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

Florida saved $284,417 on $2,874,623 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

The University of Florida participates in MHECare student insurance solutions. 

SREB.org/CostSaving >

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Policy

Goals for Education | Monitoring State Policies

Monitoring and reporting to assist education leaders and policymakers as they shape public policy. SREB tracks trends and analyzes the progress of all 16 SREB states in each area in the Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education and provides Legislative Reports that detail legislative and budget actions in each state.

SREB’s Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

College and Career Readiness

Readiness in State Accountability Systems

SREB staff distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

Florida’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its school performance indicators.

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

Florida attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 1

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    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

    Technical Assistance

    From 2015-2018, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for Florida leaders over the past year:

    Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

    School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

    Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

    SREB.org/EE >

    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

    Postsecondary Education

    Affordability 

    SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended policies and practices to keep college costs within reach of all students. In addition to the Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on  updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    Florida’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 26 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 17 percent at public two-year colleges.

    State Services

    Connects policymakers with custom information, presentations and assistance on education issues as they arise. Leaders in member states are encouraged to contact SREB for data, analysis and advice.

    SREB staff, including the President, visited Florida to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2019.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Florida requested assistance on topics including postsecondary accreditation and reverse credentialing, and charter school authorizers.

    Meetings 

    Staff from 8 SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    Florida legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

    SREB.org/StateServices >

    Publication November 20189 pages

    Florida
    College Affordability Profile

    To help policymakers assess and improve college affordability in their states, SREB provides tailored reports on the policies, programs and prices that drive affordability. Each member-state profile details net price at different types of institutions, state financial aid based on need or other factors, student borrowing, and percentage of family income needed to pay for college at different income levels.

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