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Blog post John Squires, Director, High School to College Readiness, SREB

How to Close the Readiness Gap Now for Our High School Seniors
Readiness Courses can keep students who are almost ready for college out of remedial classes

Get students the preparation they need during the high school years — not in college, when they have to pay for it.

Too many students graduate from high school thinking they’re ready for college, only to find themselves stuck in remedial classwork once they get there. This is a tragedy for the students. They believe — and why not? — that if they’re admitted to college they have what it takes to succeed there.

Blog post Pre-K Benefits: 2018 Update Samantha Durrance, SREB Policy Analyst
Graduated from high school: Attended ECE Program 74%, No ECE 63% Repeated a grade: Attended ECE Program 23%, No ECE 31% Placed in special education: Attended ECE Program 20%, No ECE 28%

New Research Points to Continued Promise of Pre-K

Researchers continue to examine the long-term impacts of pre-K participation, and more sophisticated methods and better data may help solidify the consensus that has already emerged: investing in early childhood education plays an important role in preparing young children for success in the early grades and pays off in the long run.

Blog post Gene Bottoms, SREB Senior Vice President
Male STEM students examines a molecure model.

STEM Is Not Too Hard for Students — When It’s Done Right

It is no secret that in the modern economy, STEM fields are in constant need of qualified workers. There simply are not enough people with STEM skills to fill vacancies, even though those who hold STEM degrees make 26 percent more than their contemporaries who hold non-STEM degrees. Countless studies have chronicled various reasons why too few students participate in STEM education; however, a new survey from Pew Research Center finds that the number one reason students are not studying STEM might be that they view these fields as too difficult.

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Gene Bottoms, Leader of School Improvement, Retires from SREB
Dale Winkler Named SREB Vice President for School Improvement

After a 61-year career of making school work for students, Gene Bottoms has retired from his role leading school improvement programs for the Southern Regional Education Board.

Gene Bottoms

And after a two-year transition period, Dale Winkler now takes on those responsibilities as SREB vice president for school improvement.

“Gene Bottoms is a giant in the world of improving education for all students,” said SREB President Dave Spence. “What he has built will help students, teachers and states for decades to come.”