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A panel of education leaders at this week’s Southern Regional Education Board Making Schools Work Conference will discuss their states’ and school systems’ plans to address students’ unfinished learning.

SREB President Stephen Pruitt will moderate the online panel on Wednesday, July 7, at 1 p.m. ET. Panelists will discuss their plans to provide new levels of support for students this fall and how they’re re-envisioning education in the long term.

“Education leaders are providing students with new levels of support, because most students now have unfinished learning in at least some academic subjects and skills,” Pruitt said.

The discussion will be a general session at SREB’s annual conference for educators, which is being held online July 6-9. The conference regularly attracts thousands of educators from across the country for workshops on improving schools and student learning. More than 1,600 educators are attending this year’s event.

The panel includes members of SREB’s K-12 Education Recovery Task Force, which in 2020 developed a playbook on virtual or hybrid instruction, addressing unfinished learning, and safely resuming in-person instruction.

Journalists are invited to attend the session or view it later, but you must use a special code for entry. Please contact SREB Communications for easy access.

The panelists include:

James Lane, state superintendent of public instruction, Virginia

Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, Mississippi

Bryan Johnson, superintendent, Hamilton County Schools, Tennessee

Kevin Gale, principal, White Oak Middle School, Ohio

Ted Gorman, principal, Steubenville High School, Ohio

Chanda Jefferson, 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year

Alex Chavarry, executive director of K-12 services, College Board

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About SREB

The Southern Regional Education Board works with states to improve education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education. A nonprofit, nonpartisan interstate compact based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislators to help leaders in education and government advance education to improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB’s annually supports thousands of K-12 educators in schools and districts nationwide through its research-based school-improvement process, ongoing professional learning and coaching on effective classroom instruction, and challenging curricula in literacy, math and STEM-based career pathways.