The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Southern
Regional Education Board a $5.3 million, five-year Teacher
Quality Partnership grant to create a residency-based teacher
preparation program with Georgia College & State
SREB bid a fond farewell this week to Cheryl Blanco. After
more than a decade of service to the organization, she is looking
forward to more family time while continuing to work on higher
The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring is an important
complement to university training in doctoral programs, according
to a National Science Foundation-funded study of its
participants. The report affirms the annual event’s effectiveness
in increasing the diversity of faculty on U.S. campuses.
Stevie L. Lawrence II will join the Southern Regional Education
Board September 4 as vice president for postsecondary education.
In this role, he will lead SREB’s postsecondary programs, such as
the Academic Common Market, Doctoral Scholars Program, education
data services and state authorization reciprocity agreements. He
will also be charged with developing additional initiatives to
support postsecondary state offices and institutions.
Postsecondary attainment continues a slow climb in the South,
according to the 2019 Fact Book on Higher
Population and college enrollment trends are beginning to slow at
a time when advancing technology and artificial intelligence are
shifting the workplace to demand higher-level skills. And
affordability remains a stubborn challenge to students and
families and to states trying raise state education attainment
levels to grow their economies.
John Michael Lee Jr. joins SREB August 26 as vice president for development and policy research. In this role, he will lead a new development office to raise funds to expand SREB services and explore new opportunities to support states. He will also lead SREB’s policy analysis office, which researches education topics from pre-K through postsecondary and the workforce, and direct informational technology.
Teachers and leaders from Bladen, Beaufort and Stanly county
school districts in North Carolina convened in Raleigh this week
to delve into systemic challenges that students, teachers and
leaders face in rural communities. The goal:
increase the number of middle grade and high school
students who are on track for graduation, as measured by
indicators such as state assessments, grade point average and
passing grades in core classes.
WellStar Health System and a coalition of partners is launching a
streamlined career pathway to nursing credentials with local
schools and colleges. It begins with rising high school students
and continues through dual high school-college credits to
certifications and college nursing degrees.
The Marshall University Foundation has been awarded a
$50,000 planning grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum
Foundation to expand science, technology, engineering, art and
mathematics opportunities in Huntington, West Virginia, and to
update a statewide high school STEM program. The grant was
developed by Marshall University engineering and art programs
with the SREB Advanced Career program and the Office of Career
and Technical Education at the West Virginia Department of
Educators from Georgia, Mississippi and
Tennessee, and schools in Arkansas and Mississippi, in
were honored this week with the Southern Regional Education
Board’s Readiness awards. These national awards recognize
outstanding teachers and leaders offering SREB’s Readiness
Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school
and postsecondary programs without the need for remediation.
SREB recognizes the outstanding leadership efforts of a
state and district that established structures
to help schools transform their school and classroom
practices and maintain a culture of continuous
The Ohio Department of Education and the Syracuse City School
District in New York won the State and District Leadership
Awards at SREB’s Making Schools Work Conference in Baltimore,
Ten schools were recognized at the Making Schools Work Conference
in Baltimore, Maryland, for their efforts to increase quality
instruction and raise student achievement.
The Gene Bottoms Pacesetter Awards recognize schools that
implement one of SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement
frameworks and are achieving success in increasing student
graduation rates, readiness for college or careers, and
How did each each school achieved the award? Download the
releases below for details.
These teachers, trainers, schools and districts were honored for
using powerful literacy and math practices at SREB’s College- and
Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference in Baltimore,
Maryland. Download the full release to find out how they won.
The nation’s premier professional learning event for K-12
education, SREB’s annual Making Schools Work Conference attracts
thousands of teachers, counselors, principals, technology center
directors, and state and district education agency personnel.
In Georgia, three rural school districts are coming together to
find local solutions to improve student achievement. Together,
Burke County, Emanuel County and Jefferson County schools serve
more than 11,000 students. SREB and the Georgia Leadership
Institute for School Improvement are partnering to support this
new networked improvement community with technical assistance,
coaching and more.
A new report from SREB recaps the impact of technical assistance
grants to help states improve their educator effectiveness
With new and better training on observations, administrators
improved as instructional leaders and teachers began to receive
more instructional support. Scaling support to reach all school
leaders proved challenging.
The Southern Regional Education Board and the Georgia Leadership
Institute for School Improvement have joined forces in a
strategic two-year partnership to support the use of improvement
science for three rural district partners.
“School leadership matters, and we’re pleased to be working with
GLISI to help teachers and principals get better at finding and
improving solutions,” said SREB President Stephen Pruitt.