K-12 Resources

Overview

K-12 Resources

SREB is working with states to find ways to help schools as they face the challenges of virtual and face-to-face learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We’ve been working with educators and school, district and state education to provide resources and guidance for online teaching, state and district planning, serving students with disabilities, school counseling and more.

 

Blog post Megan Boren, Program Specialist, SREB

COVID-19 Effects on the Teacher Workforce

In April, my mom called me with the news that my high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Metcalfe, who was rounding out his 42nd year of teaching, had died from COVID-19. I knew him from class, of course, but I also went to school with his son for 13 years and his family attended my grandparent’s church.

He was respected, loved and honored for his excellent teaching. His funeral was an all-day parade of cars through the high school parking lot, where community members waved and shouted condolences to his family. My mom said the cars stretched down the street for miles.

Blog post By Shelly Flygare, SREB School Improvement Leadership Coach

New digital tools proving valuable for teachers, students in long run

As a former teacher and principal in New Mexico who now works with educators across the country for SREB, I shared many educators’ concerns when the pandemic forced most schools online.

As the new school year starts, however, I’m discovering that some of the digital tools we’ve learned to use while teaching online can provide new ways for teachers to support students’ academic growth.

Blog post Rebecca Purser, Research Associate

Addressing Inequity in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Given the diverse array of urban, rural and suburban schools and technology centers SREB serves, you might assume that students’ school and classroom experiences would vary more based upon where they live — for example, a student in urban Atlanta compared to a student in rural South Carolina — rather than the classroom or school in which they are enrolled.

We found that this is not always the case.

Blog post Amanda Merritt, School Improvement Instructional Coach

Promoting Student Collaboration in the Age of COVID-19

elementary aged girl wearing a protective maskAs schools and districts prepare for the new year, student and staff safety is top of mind. Many are buying extra cleaning supplies and developing protocols for social distancing, wearing masks and proper hygiene.

At SREB, we hear daily from teachers and leaders in search of strategies for delivering quality instruction while meeting safety guidelines. They ask:

“How do we reconnect with “lost” students who lacked access to online learning this spring?”

“Will social distancing require teachers to lecture to students sitting in rows?”

Blog post By Shelly Flygare, SREB School Improvement Leadership Coach

Online or Not: Four Actions for Quality Instruction of Elementary Students

“I learned how to support all of my students, no matter what format I’m asked to teach in — even those students I thought we could never serve outside school walls.”

That’s what an elementary teacher told me when I asked her what positives emerged from the shift to remote learning this spring.

As we prepare to enter the new school year, one thing is certain — education is not going to look the same. The uncertainty of these times offers us opportunities to create a better experience for each of our elementary students, especially those with special needs, such as students with special needs, English language learners and students who need Tier 2 or Tier 3 instructional supports.

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Webinar Follow-Up: School Counseling From a Distance
Supporting Students During COVID-19

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Common App logo This webinar, hosted by SREB in partnership with Common Application Inc. (Common App), built on the previous webinar of the same name on how to provide school counseling services virtually. In this webinar, a panel of leading experts in school counseling shared their insights on how they are supporting students’ academic, college/career, and social-emotional needs when schools are closed or have moved to online instruction.

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School Counseling From a Distance
Supporting Our Students During COVID-19

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In this webinar, Brian Coleman of Chicago Public Schools and 2019 ASCA School Counselor of the Year, shared his insights on how to support students’ academic, college/career, and social-emotional needs when schools are closed or have moved to online instruction. Brian stressed the importance of having a strategy first before diving in. Important things to consider are the legal and ethical issues involved, school district policies, and what technology tools your students have access to.

Sample video. In this video, Mr. Coleman describes the Self-Assessment project for Juniors at Jones College Prep during the COVID-19 school closure.

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Advice from North Carolina Virtual School Leaders
Handling Extended School Closures

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As states across the country manage the COVID-19 global pandemic, districts and schools have been forced to rethink teaching and learning methods as they have moved to digital learning and online platforms. In this  webinar, state virtual school leaders in North Carolina will share resources that could be useful in other states and districts.

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Advice from Georgia Virtual School Leaders
Handling Extended School Closures

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As states across the country manage the COVID-19 global pandemic, districts and schools have been forced to rethink teaching and learning methods as they have moved to digital learning and online platforms. In this webinar, state virtual school leaders in Georgia will share resources that could be useful in other states and districts as they grapple with extended school closures.

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College Admissions: Supporting Low-Income Students
The New NACAC Deposit Fee Waiver Form and Other Useful Resources

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Social distancing in response to the coronavirus crisis has caused the loss of students’ and their families’ employment and changes to financial situations. In this webinar, Andrew Moe, director of admissions at Swarthmore, provided an overview of access issues in the admissions process as well as the many other micro-barriers students from low-income backgrounds face when applying to college.

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K-12 Education Recovery Task Force to Serve 16 States

Leaders from 16 states will serve on a new regional Education Recovery Task Force to help states determine the best strategies for reopening K-12 public schools, providing each student with the support they need, and planning for a possible COVID-19 resurgence and future emergencies, the Southern Regional Education Board announced today.

Blog post Stephen PruittSREB President

Better Together

After weeks of struggling with the fallout of COVID-19 — working remotely, social distancing, helping neighbors when we can — I’m quite sure no one needs to be told that we’re living in “unprecedented times.” That seems clear enough.

Our teachers are coping with a digital environment that most were not trained for, trying to maintain their focus on equity to be sure every child has a chance at a quality education, meanwhile managing houses and budgets and families and concerns about their health, as we all are. It’s more than anyone was prepared for.

Blog post Linda Floyd, SREB program directorDebra Cullen, educational consultant

CTE Centers: Answering the Call for Care Amid COVID-19

Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’” In this unprecedented time of crisis, many are rising to be helpers. All across the United States, healthcare workers are leaving their families and risking their lives to take care of all who are suffering with the coronavirus. Schools and career and technology centers are also coming together to donate much-needed resources and use their equipment to make face masks for those on the front line. 

Blog post Scott WarrenSREB division director
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Virtual Labs for STEM and CTE Teachers and Students

We know that this is a challenging time for teachers across the country. Many of you have been plunged into the world of virtual learning without a lot of time to prepare. Following sudden school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve had to move quickly to shift your carefully planned lessons online so your students can continue learning at home.  And those of you who are STEM and career and technical education teachers in particular face unique challenges as you work to adapt hands-on learning experiences to a virtual format.  

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What Admissions Professionals Want You to Know
Advice for School Counselors and Access Advisers During COVID-19

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The sudden onset and rapid spread of the coronavirus has caused many unforeseen consequences in (and rapid changes to) the college admissions process. In this webinar, Rick Clark, director of admissions at Georgia Tech and nationally-known author, shared the most up-to-date information that school counselors need to know about virtual interviews and campus visits, May deposit deadlines, incomplete high school transcripts, entrance exam testing, financial aid appeals and more.

Blog post Cena DavisSREB School Improvement Leadership Coach

Online Professional Development Support for Educators

woman working at  a laptopAs we enter our second and third weeks of school closures and social distancing, I am amazed and proud of our educators. I see school systems scrambling to feed children. I see teachers preparing lessons, packets and online resources. I see principals giving weekly messages, reading bedtime stories online, leading virtual parades and calling every teacher for weekly check-ins. I see heroes. But to be quite honest, I saw these heroes before the advent of COVID-19.

Right now, our teachers need extra support.

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Keep Next Year’s Teachers on Track
Immediate and longer-term policy actions for student-teachers

With colleges and schools closed for COVID-19, state leaders will need to act quickly to keep 60,000 teacher-candidates on track to graduate and enter the workforce in Southern states next year. SREB convened college of education and K-12 leaders from five states to discuss barriers and share ideas, and a new brief recommends short-term policy changes.

Blog post Amanda MerrittSREB School Improvement instructional coach

Distance Learning for Rural Schools During Extended School Closures

As we move further into the COVID-19 crisis, rural schools across the U.S. are struggling with how to continue students’ learning amid school closures. In recent weeks, SREB instruction coaches have been collaborating with educators in our region on how to deliver learning virtually, and we’ve learned about the specific challenges rural schools are facing.