Four educators were honored this week for their work to help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies. Mary Zluticky of Horn Lake High School in Mississippi, Phil Wesson of Sheridan High in Arkansas, and Marla Davis and Jean Massey of the Mississippi Department of Education won SREB awards.
2013 legislation in Arkansas calls for the high schools to assess students before they graduate from high school and offer transitional courses for those who do not meet college- and career-readiness standards. In response, the Arkansas Department of Education trained more than 300 educators to teach the SREB Readiness Courses — more than half of them for the Literacy Ready course, demonstrating a major commitment to literacy in Arkansas.
In the summer of 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education trained more than 200 teachers — more than 60 in Literacy Ready and 160 in Math Ready. To support these teachers, Mississippi created an SREB Ready endorsement. The state affixes an SREB Literacy Ready or SREB Math Ready endorsement to the certifications of teachers who complete the initial training and the online follow-up training.
North Carolina adopted transition courses early. The state’s Essentials for College Math course is based on SREB Math Ready units, and the state trained more than 150 teachers in 2014-15 and an additional 90 in summer 2015.