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4,700 Teachers Convene in Charlotte to Help Students Graduate Ready for College, Careers
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July 15, 2013

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The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

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4,700 Teachers Convene to Help Students Graduate Ready for College, Careers

Charlotte, NC — More than 4,700 teachers, principals and other K-12 educators from states across the nation gather in Charlotte this week for workshops hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board to help students graduate high school ready for college and careers.
 
SREB College Readiness Transitional Course Teacher Training Workshop
Monday, July 15 – Wednesday, July 18 at the Blake Hotel
 
Far too many high school graduates need remedial classes when they get to college. SREB is working with 14 states to launch college-readiness transitional courses to help close the readiness gap. Juniors who test as under-prepared will take the classes to gain the specific reading, writing and mathematics skills they need to succeed in career training and college-level study. 
 
Teachers, specialists and administrators who will pilot or fully implement the courses in the 2013-2014 school year — as well as those who have collaborated to develop them — are attending this conference.
 
SREB Common Core State Standards Networking Conference
Monday, July 15 – Tuesday, July 17 at the Charlotte Convention Center and Westin Hotel
 
The Literacy Design Collaborative and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks encourage teacher collaboration and creativity and offer flexible  strategies to build lessons — in all subjects — that  engage students to read challenging text, express their understanding in writing, become problem-solvers and apply math reasoning skills.
 
Teachers, principals and experts will share best practices, instructional strategies and personal stories of struggle and success with these powerful tools.
 
SREB High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference
Tuesday, July 17 - Saturday, July 20 at the Charlotte Convention Center and Westin Hotel

The 27th annual event features 500 workshops — for more than 4,200 teachers, counselors, principals and other educators — on improving middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers. National experts and practitioners from schools in more than 30 states will share school improvement ideas ranging from counseling for careers to leading classroom observations to project-based learning to improve student engagement. A few highlights include:
  • SREB Senior Vice President Gene Bottoms, founder of the High Schools That Work model, will speak on "College or Career: Why Not Both?" at the opening session on Wednesday afternoon. "To meet workforce demand for the knowledge workers of today and tomorrow, states will need to rethink pathways from high schools to two-year colleges and beyond," Bottoms says. "And high schools must organize themselves to get students ready — academically and technically — to succeed in as many options as possible after high school."
  • SREB will introduce its Advanced Career program in a strand throughout the conference. Developed collaboratively with states around the nation, the AC courses will help students master complex academic and technical concepts and graduate ready for as many options as possible in the workplace, technical colleges or universities.
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