Promising Practices Newsletter


Promising Practices Newsletters

SREB’s Promising Practices Newsletter contains real school and classroom practices from school leaders, teachers and other featured speakers who presented at our annual Making Schools Work Conference and the College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference.

Each newsletter contains helpful information from schools that are successfully implementing SREB’s Key Practices for the middle grades, high schools and technology centers as well as the names and email addresses of practitioners you can contact to learn more.

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Publication November 15, 2019Diane James, SREBVolume 1, Issue 5

Taking the Bias Out of Teacher Evaluations
Promising Practices From the 2019 Making Schools Work Conference

 An evaluation system that fosters a growth mindset and truly improves teaching and learning is something teachers and administrators can get excited about. Such a system is not tied to the stress of determining teachers’ pay raises but instead results in feedback that is linked to effective teaching and students’ mastery of standards.

Publication October 30, 2019Kirsten Sundell, SREBVolume 1, Issue 4

Mobile Career Counseling — Thinking Outside the Schoolhouse
Promising Practices From the 2019 Making Schools Work Conference

Leaders and instructors at James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg, West Virginia, are justifiably proud of their Mobile Career Center.

This 53’ custom-built, multi-module lab space brings career exploration and awareness of JRTI’s college- and career- ready programs to youth and adults across a large region of West Virginia.

Publication October 15, 2019Jahana Martin, SREBVolume 1, Issue 3

Real World Communications: A 21st-Century Elective
Promising Practices From the 2019 Making Schools Work Conference

Create electives focused on increasing college and career readiness. This was the task for educators at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Ohio. Jennifer Mercer, an English language arts and dual enrollment teacher, had a vision – design an elective that is student-led, teaches 21st-century skills and meets state learning standards.

Mercer wanted this elective to empower each student to become a better communicator and develop leadership skills. Her idea was inspired by a proposed speech class that evolved to include technical writing and social media writing and culminated in a real-world communications class.

Publication September 30, 2019Kirsten Sundell, SREBVolume 1, Issue 2

Transforming an Old Shop Class Into a 21st-Century Hands-On STEAM Lab
Promising Practices From the 2019 Making Schools Work Conference

Two years ago, Demopolis City Schools took a hard look at its vision for college and career ready graduates and realized that the needs of students and the area workforce were not being met.

DCS is in Alabama’s Black Belt, a region once known for its rich soil but now marked by poverty. This city district serves 2,300 students – two-thirds of whom receive free or reduced-price lunch – and comprises four campuses.

Publication September 16, 2019Diane James, SREBVolume 1, Issue 1

Educating Students Who Have Experienced Trauma
Promising Practices From the 2019 Summer Conferences

Most teachers have students in their classrooms right now who have experienced trauma and are acting out in class because of it. The impact of trauma can be far-reaching and long-lasting and affect students’ ability to succeed in school and in life. Teachers benefit from learning how to recognize trauma and deal with it effectively.

Publication March 15, 2017 11 pages17Vo8w

Making Schools Relevant and Students Better Prepared for Postsecondary Studies and Careers
Best Practices From the 2016 HSTW Staff Development Conference

This newsletter explores ways to prepare students with the foundational literacy and math skills needed in postsecondary studies and the workplace. It also highlights the significance of schools having an effective guidance system that prepares students for college and helps them discover their interests, aptitudes and compatible career choices.