Literacy, Math Professional Development


Literacy, Math Professional Development
A New Approach to Professional Development

SREB is using a new approach to professional development to bring powerful teaching and learning tools into classrooms schoolwide, districtwide and statewide.

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) help students reach the deep learning necessary to master college- and career-readiness standards.

SREB partners with principals, local trainers and classroom teachers to significantly increase the percentage of students meeting state college- and career-readiness standards. SREB builds capacity and sustainability within schools and districts by developing local expertise to spread literacy and math practices to existing and new teachers.

Since January 2015, SREB has trained nearly 7,000 teachers in 11 Southern states and spread the literacy and math strategies to more than 2,600 additional teachers in those states.

Publication March 2018 80 pages (18V04)
Report cover: Making Math Matter

Making Math Matter
High-Quality Assignments That Help Students Solve Problems and Own Their Learning

This report presents results of teacher and student surveys on how powerful Mathematics Design Collaborative practices are shifting how teachers teach. It also summarizes student achievement data from schools using the strategies in four states. In vignettes and testimonials, teachers who completed SREB professional development on MDC share how they have grown as teachers and how their students’ understanding of math concepts has improved.

Publication Feb. 201818 pages18V03

Engaging Students in Deeper Learning Through Powerful Literacy and Mathematics Assignments

Too many students graduate high school without the foundational literacy and math skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education and careers. This can change if students are exposed to literacy and math practices that expose them to the types of grade-level assignments that will advance their achievement and prepare them for college and careers.

SREB offers professional development to teachers in powerful literacy and math practices that produce positive results. Read about survey results of more than 37,000 students.

Publication December 201721 pages(17V17)

Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College
A Guide to High Schools That Work and Other SREB School Improvement Services

Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College offers a comprehensive guide to High Schools That Work and SREB’s related school improvement services.

For more than 30 years, SREB has partnered with states, districts and schools to identify and implement strategies that engage and empower young people to put what they learn in the classroom to work in the real world.


Learn More about Your Role

Our literacy and math training equips teachers with the tools they need to build engaging assignments aligned to college- and career-readiness standards. 

What’s your role in making sure students and teachers benefit from these strategies?  

I am a teacher-leader.

Year 1

Publication 1 page

Mathematics Design Collaborative

The Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) brochure explains what MDC is and how it fosters a deeper learning that develops students’ abilities to reason, understand and apply mathematical concepts. The brochure also details workshops and professional development offered by SREB.



Literacy Design Collaborative Brochure

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) brochure explains what LDC is and the benefits gained by incorporating literacy into all school content areas, not just English/language arts courses. The brochure also details the LDC implementation plan and teacher training offered by SREB.


Publication Gene BottomsDecember 201554 pages(14V10-R15)

Students Step Up When Teachers and Leaders Transform Classrooms
Literacy Design Collaborative and Mathematics Design Collaborative

This publication describes how schools and teachers are using literacy and math strategies to engage students and prepare them for college and careers. Teachers and school leaders give first-hand accounts of their classroom experiences and share data on student achievement.