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Advanced Career

Nine pathways that combine college-ready academics with hands-on, project-based assignments that spark students’ learning and interest in STEM careers. Each four-course AC pathway prepares students for advanced industry credentials and two- and four-year postsecondary credentials and degrees.

Alabama schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

  • Energy and Power: 1 school
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 1 school
  • Health Informatics: 1 school
  • Innovations in Science and Technology: 1 school
  • Teachers trained to date: 9

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Readiness Courses

Ready for High School Courses

Courses that help eighth- and ninth-graders master the literacy and math skills they need to complete a college-ready academic core and pursue challenging career pathway programs in high school. Ready for High School Literacy and Ready for High School Math can be offered in the eighth or ninth grades.

Number of Alabama teachers who attended Ready for High School training in 2018-19:
Ready for High School Literacy: 29
Ready for High School Math: 32

Ready for College Courses

Courses that help juniors and seniors master literacy and math skills before they transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workplace. In Literacy Ready, seniors develop and defend ideas from texts in diverse subject areas and write about those texts at a college level. Math Ready develops critical thinking and math reasoning skills and engages seniors in applying math to solve real-world problems.

Number of Alabama teachers who attended Ready for College training in 2018-19:
Literacy Ready: 12
Math Ready: 14

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Making Schools Work

A school improvement process developed by SREB that engages K-12 educators and school leaders in identifying and studying problems of practice, implementing research-based solutions to those problems, and learning within a collaborative network of schools. Schools adopt Making Schools Work through designs for middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers.

Alabama is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

Advisory Council Member: Tommy Glasscock, deputy state superintendent of career and technical education, Alabama State Department of Education 

State Coordinator: Josh Laney, senior director, Workforce Development, Alabama State Department of Education

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB to implement Making Schools Work and receive targeted school improvement services such as professional development, instructional coaching and technical assistance.

Twelve Alabama districts contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

SREB will deliver 832 days of on-site coaching and 134 days of on-site professional development in these districts. 

Forty-seven Alabama technology centers contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

Jefferson County 

The Jefferson County School District in Birmingham is working with SREB to implement full-scale reform strategies across the district’s middle grades schools and high schools to prepare students for college and careers. Strategies include:

  • Training and coaching in literacy and mathematics practices
  • Career academies that guide students through a rigorous academic core with advanced CTE courses like Advanced Career
  • Training and coaching for principals and other school leaders
  • Training and coaching for counselors to support college and career readiness for each student
  • Time redesign
  • Readiness courses that ensure students in the middle grades are ready for high school and that high school seniors are ready for college

Through a three-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to SREB, 12 schools in Jefferson County are working on problems of practice around math achievement through plan-do-study-act cycles. This work will guide improvement strategies in instructional practice, curricular resources, mathematical mindsets and district policy. Learn more about SREB’s work with Jefferson County.

Birmingham City, Marshall County and DeKalb County

Three Alabama districts — Birmingham City, Marshall County and DeKalb County — are partnering with SREB to implement full-scale reform strategies across middle grades schools and high schools to get students ready for college and careers. Strategies include:

  • Training and coaching in literacy and mathematics practices
  • Career academies that guide students through a rigorous academic core with advanced CTE courses like Advanced Career
  • Training and coaching for principals and other school leaders
  • Training and coaching for counselors to support college and career readiness for each student
  • Readiness courses that ensure students in the middle grades are ready for high school and that high school seniors are ready for college
  • Districtwide implementation of professional learning communities
Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards

DeKalb County Technology Center
Rainsville, Alabama

The DeKalb County Technology Center in Rainsville, Alabama, won a Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award in July 2018.

Eufaula High School
Eufaula, Alabama

Eufaula High School in Eufaula, Alabama, won a Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award in July 2018.

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