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Go Alliance Academy
New Courses, Online Platform for Counselor Training
Preparing students to navigate their options for college and career is more more important than ever — and the job is more complex today, as well. To help schools strengthen their counseling for college and career, SREB’s Go Alliance has expanded and relaunched its online training.
Designed for school counselors, principals, teacher-advisors, graduation coaches and other educators, the training covers everything from helping students find career interests to navigating the complexities of financial aid. A special focus is students from low-income backgrounds who would be the first in their families to pursue education after high school.
The program begins 2016 with a new name — Go Alliance Academy — plus redesigned modules, additional courses and a state-of-the-art online learning platform. Full story >

Mississippi Moves to Save Students Time, Money
Remedial college classes cost money but offer no credits toward a degree. And students assigned to them seldom finish college on time — if at all.
To shrink the number of high school grads in developmental classes, Mississippi's Department of Education and Institutes for Higher Learning are working together to bridge the readiness gap with SREB Readiness Courses in literacy and math. 
“The new classes in math and literacy are aimed at students who
would otherwise be required by Institutes of Higher Learning policy
to take developmental classes … before beginning credit-bearing courses.

"Students who pass the free class in high school
will be able to start college taking college-level classes.”
Almost 100 schools statewide are offering either Math Ready or Literacy Ready. Full story in the Mississippi Sun Herald

Ed tech innovations
Schools Offer Wi-Fi Buses, Microsoft Training
In Decatur, Alabama, schools are experimenting with Wi-Fi hubs on buses. It's part of a plan to ensure all students have access to the Internet. Story from the Decatur Daily >

Kentucky schools are offering Microsoft IT Academy certifications to students at no cost. These certifications lead to college- and career-readiness certification and include skill sets required by employers. Full story >

CTE Leaders Convene in Charleston in February
Get inspired to take technical studies at your school to the next level at the Technology Centers That Work forum February 2-4 in Charleston. Attendees will tour businesses such as Boeing and the S.C. Ports Authority and hear from the executive director of SkillsUSA and the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Each year, SREB brings together state, district and school career and technical education leaders around the role of shared-time technology centers. Also called technical or career centers, the nation’s 1,000 shared-time centers allow high school students to take CTE courses at a location with specialized equipment and training while attending their home high school for part of the day or week as well. More >
Fresh Data: Track Teacher Bills in 2016 Legislatures

SREB's online tool helps you follow legislation related to teacher growth and feedback in 16 states. Explore >
Policy & Practice brings you news about improving education across the continuum, early childhood through doctoral education, in SREB states.  Contact us with questions and suggestions. 
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