SREB resources on key education issues

SREB offers a concentration of programs, expertise and data in the areas below. Contact a staff member for assistance, research or membership in these resources.

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CTE and Career Pathways

SREB’s leadership in career and technical education spans decades and includes a K-12 school improvement process that supports CTE programs in high schools and career and technology centers, turnkey curricula like SREB’s Advanced Career courses, original research and state policy recommendations.

Our career pathway reviews help districts complete Perkins V comprehensive local needs assessments and make critical decisions about adopting or improving pathways to the workforce by assessing the alignment of existing CTE programs with postsecondary credentials and labor market demand.

We also prepare new and early-career CTE teachers for classroom success and provide professional development and coaching on powerful CTE and project-based learning instructional practices.


College Affordability

Affordability is a crucial component in students’ ability to earn college degrees. SREB offers data, reports, recommendations and technical assistance to help states raise their college attainment rates and bolster their economic futures.


College and Career Readiness

By 2025, two out of every three jobs will require some education beyond high school. Yet far too many students are graduating from high school without the knowledge and skills they need to earn a credential or degree. SREB offers policymakers detailed data on policies and how states are using them to improve achievement. And we serve districts and schools with career pathways, curricula and professional learning to help educators prepare students for what comes next in their lives.​


College Completion

Creating jobs is a top priority in Southern states, and a better-educated workforce is an important strategy. Helping states with policy and practice to improve postsecondary completion is central to SREB’s mission. 


Dual Enrollment
A head start toward college and career

Earning college credit in high school can make college more affordable for families and states. Dual enrollment and other accelerated options can also help prepare high school students for the rigor of careers and the campus environment. Readiness, affordability and time to degree are central components of postsecondary completion and state goals to improve educational attainment.

SREB publishes data and state policy on dual enrollment and brings together policymakers from many arenas to address issues such as cost, equity and funding.


Governance & Finance

SREB reports on education governance and finance actions in member states and, by request, researches specific issues to help policymakers understand and compare practices in other states.


Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources are high quality teaching, learning and research materials that are freely accessible to all. Using OER in K-12 and postsecondary education creates more accessible and equitable educational opportunities. Open licensing allows educators, students and institutions to customize and share resources ─ from a single lesson plan to entire textbooks ─ without cost or copyright restrictions.


Principals & School Leaders

Schools need instructional leaders who improve the learning and achievement of students and teachers in their schools. SREB offers school improvement, professional development and technical assistance to serve this objective.


Teacher Preparation

Every student deserves a good teacher. And every teacher deserves effective preparation to teach them. SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission recommended policies to improve the preparation of new teachers. SREB tracks and summarizes policies, analyzes research and offers several programs to train, induct and mentor teachers.


Education and the Workforce
Trends, Readiness and Preparation

A thriving workforce is at the heart of SREB’s mission to improve education and help states build robust economies. We are committed to helping state leaders find solutions to the challenge of preparing children, youth and adults for a changing workplace. SREB commissions, school improvement programs and data focus how schools and colleges can prepare students for the world of work.