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Thousands of Teachers Convene in ATL to Learn, Lead
More than 4,200 educators were in Atlanta last week to improve their skills and their schools. Teachers, principals and other education leaders attended SREB's annual High Schools That Work conference and networked to learn from peers about powerful teaching strategies for literacy and math
 
Vicki Phillips, Gates Foundation director of education, college ready, shared her story as a first-generation college student from rural Kentucky. Teachers are the heart of education improvement, she said, and deserve systems that nurture excellence and give them time to learn from one another.
High-Quality Pre-K Yields Lasting Gains for Children
As its Commission on Early Childhood prepares final recommendations, SREB brings together the research on what children gain from high-quality prekindergarten programs. The brief, Confronting the Fade-Out Debate: Children Flourish and Gains Do Last in High-Quality Pre-K Programs, focuses on what the research findings suggest about state priorities for early learning.

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“An Economic No-Brainer”
Gov. Beshear and Chancellor Johnson of OklahomaCommission recommendations for early childhood education, career and technical education and community colleges dominated SREB’s annual meeting this year in Naples, Florida. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who led two commissions as SREB chair, urged policymakers to lead efforts to implement the work in their own states.
 
Discussing draft recommendations of the Early Childhood Commission, he called investing in infants, toddlers and preschoolers “not only a moral imperative but an economic no-brainer."
College Affordability in the South:
Seeking New Strategies for Today’s Student Body
Part-time students account for one-third to almost one-half of postsecondary enrollment in most SREB states today. Lowering their barriers will be critical to meeting state goals to boost college-completion rates.

When tuition goes up, part-time students face difficult choices: work more hours to earn more, take fewer classes to save money, or borrow. Each of these choices decreases their chances of completing a credential, said Will Doyle of Vanderbilt University.

State legislators and higher education officials debated strategies to purposefully align tuition, appropriations and financial aid policies toward the goal of affordability at a recent meeting of the SREB Commission on College Affordability in the South. The Commission meets twice more before the end of 2015. 
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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