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.

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.org/Readiness >

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.

In September 2017, SREB staff presented information on state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governor’s Staff.

SREB.org/Benchmarking>

Readiness in New State Accountability Systems

SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

PUBLICATIONS

In January 2018 SREB published a set of reports on the redesign of state accountability systems. Profiles on each state describe how the state established expectations for increasing college and career readiness and also include the state’s long-term goals, school performance indicators, framework for differentiating school performance, and system of identification and support for struggling schools. An introduction to trends across states offers recommendations for making the new systems effective tools for continuous improvement.

Florida’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its school performance indicators.

Meetings

SREB staff presented information on state efforts to redesign state accountability systems at SREB’s Annual Meeting in June 2017 and at the Legislative Advisory Council meeting in November 2017. Four stakeholders from Florida attended.  

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 2017: 1

    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, 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 general policy and practice resources.

    CONVENINGS

    SREB staff presented on innovative ways to expand student access to high-quality instruction to state lawmakers who attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in November 2017.

    reports and data

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

    School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

    Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

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

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

    Information Request Series, shares SREB responses to stakeholder questions on topics including educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention issues.

    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 2018 and will publish its final recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs in late 2018.​

    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 2018.

    Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Florida requested assistance on topics including special education services, Individualized Education Programs, college affordability, state education legislation, postsecondary accreditation and reverse credentialing.

    Meetings 

    Staff from 10 SREB states attended the 2017 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    Florida legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work 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.

    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. 

    Ten Florida schools contracted for direct services in 2017-18. SREB delivered 24 days of on-site coaching and four days of on-site staff development at the schools.

    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 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 8

    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 continues to partner with Pinellas in developing and delivering its Level II School Principal Preparation Program for current assistant principals who have been identified by the district as future principals. Approximately 60 future principals have been trained and coached in this program over the past three years.

    SREB.org/LCLP >

    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.

    Florida attendees in 2018: 7

    SREB.org/TCTW

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    SREB is partnering with states 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.

    SREB Powerful Literacy Practices empower 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.  

    SREB Powerful Mathematics Practices use 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 2017-18 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 2017, approximately 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and nearly 3,355 new students were certified for study.

    *Florida only participates at the Graduate level.

    In 2017, 24 Florida students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $11,852 each and a collective total of $260,740 in tuition.

    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 2017-18: 1

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. In academic year 2017-18, this institution received $18,700 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 the 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 of Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education with the 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 April 2018, eight Florida institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    Barry University: John McFadden, Dean
    Florida Atlantic University: Marlaine Smith, Dean
    Nova Southeastern University: Marcella Rutherford, Dean
    State College of Florida: Rosie Fairchild, Dean
    University of Central Florida: Mary Lou Sole, Dean
    University of Miami: Anne Norris, Interim 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 2017-18: 15
    2017 Institute attendees from Florida: 84

    Scholars Florida has supported since joining in 1993: 19

    Graduates since 1993: 4
    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 on 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 2018 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 >