SREB and Florida

Overview

SREB and Florida

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Florida participates in them.

Appropriations from member states support core SREB services. SREB leverages the longstanding commitment of member states to attract external funding for additional programs and services that benefit member states. States may also choose to join targeted networks for additional fees.

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Policy

Goals for Education | Monitoring State Policies

Monitoring and reporting to assist education leaders and policymakers as they shape public policy. SREB tracks trends and analyzes the progress of all 16 SREB states in each area in the Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education and provides Legislative Reports that detail legislative and budget actions in each state.

SREB’s new SREB.org/Insights allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

SREB.org/Insights >

College and Career Readiness

Intensive work to help states implement essential components of SREB’s recommendations for statewide college and career readiness. These include assessing high school juniors to determine their progress toward the state’s readiness standards — and requiring those who are underprepared to take transitional courses in 12th grade.

SREB profiles summarize each state’s progress on the recommendations through fall 2016.

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Benchmarking Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards 

Tracks and reports progress on implementation of college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms across 15 states. Based on this research, SREB staff support these states through reports, meetings and technical assistance.

PUBLICATIONS

In May 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materialsa regional report on implementation across states, strong state efforts and actions for improvement — plus profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The report notes Florida’s strong efforts in the areas of establishing conventions for developing, reviewing and selecting aligned instructional materials; supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials; and using data to continuously improve state efforts.

Meetings

In July 2016, project staff facilitated a meeting of state education agency leaders to discuss findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. Six stakeholders from Florida attended.  

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Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Florida attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 2

    SREB.org/CTE >

    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals. SREB serves as a technical advisor to state education agencies, conducts needs assessments and focus groups to help states plan and evaluate implementation, spotlights inspiring stories of local practice and convenes stakeholders at regional meetings.

    Technical Assistance

    In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and provided policy and practice resources to Florida state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.

    reports and data

    SREB produced resources for Florida leaders during the last 12 months including:

    Evaluator Training: A Guide for States, September 2017, spotlighting seven components associated with effective training for observers of teachers

    Feedback on Teaching: A Fresh Look, July 2017, with strategies for district and school leaders to establish and sustain better feedback practices

    Student Surveys: A Fresh Look, May 2017, covering the practical implications for state, district and school leaders seeking to use emerging student survey tools

    Information Request Series, beginning January 2017, with responses to stakeholder questions on topics including educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives

    The Educator Effectiveness Bill Tracker interactive tool, updated weekly to allow constituents to track legislative bills across eight areas, including teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning

    A bi-weekly educator effectiveness e-newsletter.

    SREB.org/EE >

    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met during 2016, 2017 and will meet in 2018 to develop practical and effective statewide recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs. 

    The Commission published its first report, More than the Numbers: Teacher Preparation Data Systems State Policy and Recommendations, in September 2017. 

    Postsecondary Education

    Affordability 

    SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended policies and practices to keep college costs within reach of all students. In addition to the Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on  updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    State Services

    Connects policymakers with custom information, presentations and assistance on education issues as they arise. Leaders in member states are encouraged to contact SREB for data, analysis and advice.

    SREB staff visited Florida to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2017.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Florida requested assistance on topics including special education services, funding for low-income students, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, college affordability, the Academic Common Market, the Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology, education research resources and educational technology.

    Meetings 

    SREB state services convenes legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region each fall to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions. 

    SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council meets twice annually, once in the winter and again at the annual Legislative Work Conference. The conference is for legislators designated by their state leadership to attend. Florida legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference.

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    Curriculum and School Improvement

    Advanced Career

    A new approach to career and technical education that combines college-readiness academics with hands-on, project-based assignments focused on modern careers. Advanced Career helps prepare students for as many options as possible after high school: a high-value job, college, community college or technical school. 

    Florida participation in AC programs, 2017-18:

    Energy and Power: 1 school

    Teachers Trained: 7

    SREB.org/AC >

    Readiness Courses:
    Math Ready and Literacy Ready

    Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of their education. 

    Ready for college

    Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. They are taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

    Florida uses transitional courses, including an option for the SREB Readiness Courses.

    Ready for high school

    New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

    Teachers from Florida participated in developing, field testing and reviewing the new courses.

    SREB.org/Ready >

    High Schools That Work

    The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework, its six design features and nine key practices, to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

    Florida is a member of the HSTW network: In 2016-17, 2 schools were active.

    Contracts for Direct Support

    Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as onsite coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

    Twenty-four Florida schools contracted for direct services in 2016-17. SREB delivered 32 days of on-site coaching and four days of on-site staff development at the schools.

    HSTW Board Member: Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education

    SREB.org/HSTW >

    Making Middle Grades Work

    Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to professional development resources they need. The network includes over 650 schools in 20 states.

    Florida schools active in 2016-17:1

    SREB.org/MMGW >​

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    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. 

    Florida attendees at the July 2017 conference: 2

    SREB.org/NetworkingConference >

    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.

    Florida attendees at the July 2017 conference: 2

    SREB.org/SummerConference >

    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.

    Florida attendees at the 2017 Annual Leadership Forum: 7

    One Florida educator attended an LCLP training event held in Baton Rouge in 2016.

    In July 2017, SREB’s Learning-Centered Leadership Program provided professional development training to over 340 school administrators and district personnel during Pinellas Leadership Week, a conference-style training for Pinellas County Schools

    SREB.org/LCLP >

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    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.  

    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.

    During the 2016-17 school year, SREB professional development for these literacy and math teaching strategies to meet the state’s college- and career-readiness standards reached Florida educators in six schools.

    Florida teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 38

    SREB.org/LDCMDC >

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    Postsecondary Education

    Academic Common Market

    A tuition-savings program for college students in SREB member states who want to pursue degrees not offered by in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the in-state tuition rates.

    During calendar year 2016, approximately 2,100 degree programs were available, 151 institutions participated and nearly 3,300 new students were certified for study.

    Number of Florida students who participated in ACM during 2016: 44

    ACM State Representative: Catherine Oakley, Education Policy Analyst, Board of Governors, State University System of Florida

    SREB.org/ACM >​

    Regional Contract Program

    Gives students the opportunity to earn a professional health degree from participating institutions in other states through in-state tuition rates at public institutions or reduced tuition at private institutions. More than 600 students participate each year.

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Florida programs in 2016-17: 1

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. This institution receives more than $17,000 annually from other SREB states.

    SREB.org/RCP >

    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

    A nationwide system to open more high-quality distance education offerings for students and ease regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. 

    Florida is an approved member of SARA.

    Florida SARA Representative: Morgan Champion, Director, Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education, Commission for Independent Education

    SREB.org/SARA >​

    Fact Book and Data Exchange

    Publishes one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of comparative data through a cooperative effort of state postsecondary education agencies. Data are updated annually on topics including population demographics, college completion, tuition and fees, cost of attendance, state appropriations and faculty salaries. 

    Florida leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, as well as Florida: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and the annual SREB State Data Exchange tables.

    Florida’s participating agencies and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinators:

    Terricka Washington, Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida
    Eric Godin, Florida College System

    SREB.org/FactBook >

    Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing

    Helps expand and strengthen schools of nursing to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to educate the nation’s registered nurses. The Council surveys institutions for nursing education trends and shares online graduate nursing courses.

    As of October 2017, eight Florida institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    Barry University: John McFadden, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee Member
    Florida Atlantic University: Marlaine Smith, Dean
    State College of Florida: Beverly Hindenlang, Dean
    Nova Southeastern University: Marcella Rutherford, Dean
    University of Central Florida: Mary Lou Sole, Dean
    University of Miami: Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dean
    University of North Florida: Lillia Loriz, Dean,
      SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee Member
    University of South Florida: Victoria P. Rich, Dean

    SREB.org/Nursing >

    Doctoral Scholars Program

    Supports minority students to help them earn Ph.D.s, begin careers at colleges and universities, and diversify campus faculties. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,200 attendees.

    Scholars funded by Florida in 2016-17: 14
    2016 Institute attendees from Florida: 115

    Scholars Florida has supported since joining in 1993: 16

    Graduates since 1993: 2
    Graduates currently employed: 2
    Percent employed in education: 50

    Florida-supported Ph.D. students have attended these institutions since 1993:

    Florida International University
    Florida State University
    University of Florida

    SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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    Interstate Cooperatives

    Educational Technology Cooperative

    Membership group of state K-12 and higher education coordinating and governing boards that represent more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 school districts in SREB states. The ETC focuses member agencies and state policymakers on using technology wisely, helps states understand technology issues, and forms an action agenda for effectively using technology in education. 

    Florida representatives attended the spring and summer ETC webinars. Florida sent one attendee to the 2017 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology.

    Florida ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology. John Opper served on two of the 10 Issues working groups and is a member of the ETC executive committee.

    Florida ETC Representative and Member Agency: John Opper, Executive Director, Distance Learning and Student Support Services, Florida Virtual Campus

    SREB.org/EdTech >

    Technology Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved saved $3.3 million on over $33 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2017 — double the FY2016 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    Florida saved $135,579 on $1,366,874 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017.

    SREB.org/CostSaving >