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Bottoms, Gene; Timberlake, Allison – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2012
In 2009, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Committee to Improve High School Graduation Rates and Achievement, led by then-Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia, released a report of 10 key recommendations for ensuring more students graduate from high school, and they graduate ready for college and careers. Among these 10 recommendations was…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Graduation Rate, National Competency Tests, Middle Schools
Schmidt-Davis, Jon; Bottoms, Gene – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2012
Recent studies make one reality clear: While multiple factors can cause a low-performing high school to be in a turnaround situation, every high school that makes dramatic academic improvement has strong, effective school leadership. Turning a school around is no work for novices. It takes a skilled, visionary and proactive principal to pull apart…
Descriptors: Expertise, High Schools, School Organization, Educational Change
Bottoms, Gene; Han, Lingling – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB's) "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") initiative works with more than 1,100 schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia to improve school and classroom practices and prepare more students for success in postsecondary studies, advanced training and careers. Forty-nine Arkansas…
Descriptors: High Schools, Student Attitudes, Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement
Bottoms, Gene; Schmidt-Davis, Jon – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
This research is part of a comprehensive effort to pinpoint the key leadership factors that improve student achievement and increase the number of high school graduates who are ready for college and careers. In this study, SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) examined the role of the district office in providing principals with the working…
Descriptors: Community Leaders, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, High School Graduates
Bottoms, Gene; Young, Marna – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2008
The authors advocate harnessing the applied teaching strategies of career/technical education (CTE) and infusing them into college-preparatory academics to transform secondary schools into high-performing centers of learning where students are both challenged and engaged. By pursuing this strategy, say the authors, states can help many more…
Descriptors: Careers, High Schools, Teamwork, Teaching Methods
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Bottoms, Gene – Educational Leadership, 2007
What would happen if schools offered all students the same challenges and opportunities that some schools now offer only their "best" students? The Southern Regional Education Board addressed that question in 1987, when it developed the High Schools That Work Model. Blending challenging college-preparatory content with modern vocational and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Achievement, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation
Bottoms, Gene; Timberlake, Allison – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2007
Students who successfully complete grade nine are substantially more likely to graduate from high school than are students who fail the freshman year. However, many middle grades students are not academically prepared for ninth grade. This report addresses five questions that can help school leaders ensure that middle grades students know the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Achievement, Student Attrition, High School Freshmen
Bottoms, Gene – Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, 2006
The new vision for the 21st century is reflected in ACTE's recent position paper on strengthening the American high school through career and technical education. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to continue raising students' academic achievements and their high school completion rates. However, the way the American high school is…
Descriptors: Technical Education, Career Education, College Preparation, Educational Practices
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Bottoms, Gene; Cooney, Sondra S. – ERS Spectrum, 2003
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has worked with states, districts, and high schools since 1988 and with middle-grades schools since 1999 to improve student achievement. SREB followed students tested in 2000 and 2001 from eighth grade through ninth grade and found both middle-grades schools and high schools must find ways for students…
Descriptors: High Schools, Grades (Scholastic), Grade 9, Grade 8