Preconference Agenda


The following workshops (organized by the Making Schools Work focus areas) will be offered:

Engaging Instruction
  1. A Deep Dive into SREB’s Powerful Instructional Practices: SREB’s Powerful Instructional Practices engage teachers in designing lessons, assignments and assessments that empower students to take ownership of their learning and reach new heights of achievement in every content area. What’s more, our PIPs work with any existing curriculum product to improve instruction. Together we will explore our practices for the arts, CTE, health education, literacy, math, science, social studies, project-based learning and world languages. 

    Participants will discuss supporting artifacts, student behaviors and teacher behaviors. Activities will support participants in applying the PIPs to their own classroom to improve instruction, classroom engagement and student success.

    Presenters:  Jason Adair and Connie Lester, SREB

Aligned Curriculum
  1. Aligning Assignments, Assessments and Instruction to Standards: At the conclusion of an instructional unit, have your students merely acquired knowledge, or have they truly grasped the content? What sets these two apart? During this pre-conference session, attendees will acquire a method for assuring there is harmony between standards, instruction, assignments and assessments. This emphasis will facilitate the transition of students from mere knowledge acquisition to achieving higher levels of comprehension.

    Presenters: Debbie Robertson and Daniel Rock, SREB

Career Pathways
  1. Do Your Students Have Access to High-Quality, Aligned Career Pathways?  Attend this session to review the elements of high-quality career pathways to identify the elements that are in place for your students and determine next steps to enhance course and program offerings.  This session will provide an opportunity to review course sequences and regional connections that support the seamless transition to both future training and employment.  Participants will share strategies to embed acceleration options, including dual enrollment, work-based learning and credential attainment, within existing pathway options.  Local labor market data will be shared and used to create promotional materials that connect pathway activities to employment opportunities in high-skill, in-demand careers within the region.  

    Presenter: Ivy Coburn, SREB

Student Support
  1. An Introduction to SREB’s Powerful Student Support Practices: SREB’s Powerful Student Support Practices provide schools and districts with a vision for a comprehensive effort to support student success. These practices can be used as guidelines for a schoolwide student advisement effort that helps students develop self-advocacy, explore career options and connect to their broader community.

    Participants will examine examples of artifacts and sets of behaviors that are found — across students, teachers, counselors and administrators — when these practices are in place. We will engage in activities and discussions around each of the practices. Participants will also develop a plan of action to include a self-assessment guide and additional ways to utilize the practices to improve student support efforts in their individual schools.

    Presenters: Erin Anderson-Williams, Marsha Mosley, Aimee Wyatt, SREB
Leadership for Continuous Improvement
  1. Details will be announced soon.
  2. Personalized Coaching Session for School Teams: Details will be announced soon.

Presenters: Presenters will be announced soon.