Professional Development
For Teachers, Principals and Counselors


College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

Conference to share effective instructional strategies of the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks. 

Alabama attendees at the July 2017 conference: 286 >

Go Alliance Academy

Strives to increase the postsecondary education and career success of all students by providing timely and relevant professional development in college and career readiness to school counselors, teachers, principals, career coaches and college access advisors. 

Alabama is one of 16 member states and one of the six founding states. 

Go Alliance Academy Representative: Sean J. Stevens, Education Administrator, Counseling and Guidance, Alabama State Department of Education >

High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference

Annual conference for thousands of school leaders, teachers and counselors from middle grades, high schools and technology centers across the country.

Alabama attendees at the July 2017 conference: 209 >

Learning-Centered Leadership Program

Works with district, state and university partners to prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to lead school reform to ensure that students are ready for college and careers. This program offers training, guidance and technical assistance.

Alabama attendees at the 2017 Annual Leadership Forum: 6

The LCLP program is conducting an evaluation of the pre-K- three Leadership Academy Pilot, a National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) program in Alabama, that provided online training and onsite mentoring for 30 school leaders in Alabama during the 2017-18 school year.

The staff of the Council for Leadership in Alabama Schools were trained on SREB leadership modules and redelivered training across the state through an agreement with SREB. >

National Technology Centers That Work Leaders Forum

Annual Forum for state department of education leaders, directors, principals, teacher-leaders and counselors representing high schools and technology centers across the country.

Alabama attendees in 2018: 16

Literacy and Math Professional Development

In Alabama, SREB is partnering with the state on a large-scale effort to help districts and schools adopt, spread and sustain effective literacy and math teaching strategies to meet their state’s college- and career-readiness standards.

The Literacy Design Collaborative framework empowers language arts, science and social studies teachers to build meaningful assignments aligned to their state’s college- and career-readiness standards. Teachers take ownership of their professional growth, and students take ownership of their learning.  

“With LDC modules and mini tasks, students are transitioning from single-sentence opinions to paragraphs, referencing research to support their ideas — then to full-length assignments with multiple layers of cited research to support their claims.” — Reese Woytek, science teacher, Slocomb Middle School, Geneva County

The Mathematics Design Collaborative teaching framework uses formative assessment lessons — part assessment, part instruction — to help teachers know whether their students understand material they have been taught. Teachers learn to adapt assignments and engage students so they understand the hows and whys of math.

“Your students may be able to recite a three-step method for finding slope from a given representation, but if they lack the deep conceptual knowledge of what the slope tells you and are unable to apply this in a practical situation, their knowledge is shallow and disconnected from other important mathematical ideas.” — Jillian Watson, Bottenfield Middle School, Adamsville

During the 2017-18 school year, this SREB professional development reached Alabama educators in 140 schools.

Alabama teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 1,286


In July 2017, these Alabama educators won awards for their work with the literacy and math strategies:

Angela Belrose, Juliana Coleman and Michelle Landrum
Jefferson County Schools

Outstanding LDC Local Trainer Award

Meagan Holt
Blount County Schools

Outstanding MDC Local Trainer Award

These schools and educators were honored by SREB in July 2016:

Jefferson County Schools
Outstanding LDC-MDC District Award

LaToya Gay
Banks Middle School, Pike County School District
Outstanding LDC Teacher Award

Fultondale Elementary School, Jefferson County Schools
Outstanding LDC-MDC School Award (elementary grades) >

Project-Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses

Training model for teachers in high-skill career and technical education programs, and career pathway academic courses. Academic and career and technical education teachers improve assignments and assessments by working with business and industry partners to develop projects that require students to apply college- and career-readiness and technical-academic standards.

Alabama schools, agencies and districts participating in 2017-18: 39

Teachers and administrators in training or coaching: 82