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Bottoms, Gene; Merritt, Amanda; Mollette, Dan; Tadlock, Joseph – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2018
This report presents results of teacher and student surveys on how powerful Mathematics Design Collaborative practices are shifting how teachers teach. It also summarizes student achievement data from schools using the strategies in four states. In vignettes and testimonials, teachers who completed Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Assignments, Problem Solving, Mathematical Concepts
Bottoms, Gene; Sundell, Kirsten – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
This publication explores how state accountability systems currently address college readiness and academic and technical career readiness and offers recommendations and examples of policies and practices that incentivize and reward districts and schools for preparing more students to earn credentials and degrees in high-demand career fields.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Accountability, Educational Policy
Bottoms, Gene; Hertl, Jordan; Mollette, Melinda; Patterson, Lenora – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
The middles grades are critical to public school systems and our nation's economy. It's the make-or-break point in students' futures. Studies repeatedly show when students are not engaged and lose interest in the middle grades, they are likely to fall behind in ninth grade and later drop out of school. When this happens, the workforce suffers, and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Educational Quality, Academic Achievement, Best Practices
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
Schmidt-Davis, Jon; Bottoms, Gene – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
The future of public school performance demands that states and districts actively develop and seek strong principals. Instructional leadership is the critical element that is missing in efforts to improve America's lowest-performing schools and in moving good schools to great schools. Turnover among principals currently is at an unsustainable…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Principals, Planning, Faculty Promotion
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; Fry, Betty – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2009
Principals can profoundly influence student achievement by leading school change, but they cannot turn schools around by themselves. District leaders need to create working conditions that support and encourage change for improved achievement, rather than hindering principals' abilities to lead change. This report includes principals' perceptions…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Change, Community Leaders, Strategic Planning
Bottoms, Gene; Han, Lingling; Murray, Renee – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2008
Using the "HSTW" ["High Schools That Work"] Assessment Reading Test results, SREB [Southern Regional Education Board] has identified a set of literacy-based experiences that may contribute to higher reading achievement. This report explains the different school and classroom practices experienced by students reading above and below the Proficient…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Reading Achievement, Improvement Programs, Reading Improvement
Bottoms, Gene; Young, Marna – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2008
In 2005 and 2006, the "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") program of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the College and Career Transitions Initiative of the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) facilitated a series of 15 state-level forums aimed at identifying ways to foster collaboration between secondary and…
Descriptors: Careers, High Schools, Economic Progress, Career Planning
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
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
Fry, Betty; Bottoms, Gene; O'Neill, Kathy; Walker, Susan – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2007
This report shows that Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are making progress in developing school leadership systems to ensure that every public school has a principal who can improve student performance, but states need to accelerate their efforts in order to meet their own achievement goals. The report calls for a new generation of…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, Principals
Bottoms, Gene; Young, Marna; Uhn, John – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2006
The primary objective of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") is to help schools improve so more students can reach their full potential. The "HSTW" Follow-up Study of 2004 Graduates is one measure that gauges how well schools have prepared their students for college and careers. Students' reflections on…
Descriptors: High Schools, Careers, Followup Studies, High School Graduates
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