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Blog post Quinton Granville Originally posted on the blog.

Building Life Skills in a Middle School Classroom

Quinton A. Granville was a seventh-grade social studies and reading teacher for Atlanta Public Schools when this blog entry was written. He is now a literacy consultant at SREB. 

Quinton Granville has been using the Literacy Design Collaboration framework in his seventh-grade classroom for nearly a year. He says he’s come a long way since he was introduced to LDC through a districtwide initiative.

News SREB News Release

Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee Educators Win National Readiness Awards
Preparing students for college-credit courses

Educators from Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, and schools in Arkansas and Mississippi, in were honored this week with the Southern Regional Education Board’s Readiness awards. These national awards recognize outstanding teachers and leaders offering SREB’s Readiness Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary programs without the need for remediation.

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Schools Honored at the Making Schools Work Conference
2019 Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards

Ten schools were recognized at the Making Schools Work Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, for their efforts to increase quality instruction and raise student achievement.

The Gene Bottoms Pacesetter Awards recognize schools that implement one of SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement frameworks and are achieving success in increasing student graduation rates, readiness for college or careers, and credential attainment.

How did each each school achieved the award? Download the releases below for details.


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, 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and 3,355 new students were certified for study.

In 2017, 1,167 Georgia students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $16,623 each and a collective total of $19,182,377 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Martha Venn, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. >

Regional Contract Program

Gives students the opportunity to earn a professional health degree from participating institutions in other states through in-state tuition rates at public institutions or reduced tuition at private institutions. More than 600 students participate each year.

Participating students from Georgia in 2018-19: 34

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Georgia programs in 2018-19: 75

Residents of other states may contract for entry into the University of Georgia for Veterinary Medicine. For academic year 2018-19, this institution received more than $2.51 million from other SREB states.

RCP State Coordinator: Martha Venn, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Georgia Board of Regents >

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.

Georgia is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Georgia saved $7.7 million for initial authorization and save $2.2 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Georgia SARA representative: Kirk Shook, Executive Director at Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, with secondary contact Adam Hawk, SARA Coordinator at Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Member At-Large (10/2017-10/2020): Robert Keown, Executive Director of the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection, Technical College System of Georgia. >

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.​

Georgia leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Georgia: 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.

Georgia’s participating agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: Lori Hagood and Jason Matt, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Richard Young and Cynthia Lee, Technical College System of Georgia >

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, 10 Georgia institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Albany State University: Cathy Williams, Chair
Augusta University: Lucy Marion, Dean
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University: Linda Streit, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee
Georgia College and State University: Deborah McMillan, Director
Georgia Southwestern State University: Sandra Daniel, Dean
Georgia State University: Susan Kelley, Associate Dean
Kennesaw State University: Yvonne Eaves, Director
Middle Georgia State University: Donna Ingram, Chair
University of West Georgia: Jennifer Schuessler, Dean
Valdosta State University: Sheri Noviello, Dean >

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 (DSP) 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.​​

Georgia scholars since 1993: 189
Georgia scholars funded in 2018-19: 14
2018 Institute attendees from Georgia: 52
Graduates since 1993: 137
Graduates currently employed: 122
Percent employed in education: 80

Georgia-Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:​

Georgia Health Sciences University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Regents University
Georgia State University
Medical College of Georgia
University of Georgia >

News News Release

Governor Edwards of Louisiana Re-Elected Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board
Chancellor Johnson of Oklahoma is vice chair

LAC officers are Senator Millar of Georgia and Representative Carney of Kentucky

Atlanta, Georgia — June 26, 2018 — Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana was re-elected to serve another one-year term as chair of the Southern Regional Education Board. He was re-elected at the organization’s annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sunday.

Publication June 201840 pages(18E03-GA)

Georgia: 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.




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 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. 

Georgia representatives attended the spring and summer ETC webinars. Georgia sent two attendees to the 2018 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology, Robert Keown and Jay Heap.

Georgia ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on working groups for revisions. Robert Keown of Georgia Technical College System served as team leader for the 10 Issues educational innovation working group and is a member of the ETC executive committee. Jay Heap of Georgia Virtual School joined the ETC in January 2019.

Georgia participated in the ETC Intrastate Networking Visits in July 2018, hosted at the Technical College System of Georgia. Participants from the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Education, and the Georgia Board of Regents discussed topics to improve collaboration across systems to gain efficiency and K-20 alignment.

Georgia ETC representative and member agency

Robert Keown, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection and Military Affairs, Technical College System of Georgia

Jay Heap, Director of Georgia Virtual School, Georgia Department of Education >

Technology and Insurance Purchasing Savings

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

Georgia saved $236,643 on $2,391,465 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

The University System of Georgia and its institutions participate in MHECare student insurance solutions. >