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Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
Quality instruction and student engagement in mathematics are strategies that are becoming more vital as the new century unfolds. To prepare for living and working in a technically intensive world, high school students need a culture of high expectations, quality college-preparatory-level courses and numeracy across the curriculum. The following…
Descriptors: High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
Effective school leaders use a variety of strategies-- including creating opportunities for teachers to learn from each other--to encourage and support teachers in achieving greater excellence in the classroom. "Teachers teaching teachers" is a concept that can pay real dividends when it focuses on ways to engage and motivate students to perform…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Professional Development, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Skills
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
The practice of grouping students--such as all freshmen or students with similar career goals--into "small learning communities" or academies within a large high school is proving beneficial to many schools in raising achievement and keeping students in school. Students thrive in a small-school environment where they share the same teachers and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Academic Achievement, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Career Academies
Diaz, Alicia; Lord, Joan – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
This report, Focusing on Student Performance Through Accountability, shows that more students, in all groups, are meeting state standards. And parents, communities and education leaders are better informed about student performance than ever before. It shows that large gaps remain in every state. If the state is to reach the No Child Left Behind…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
Daugherty, Rebecca; Lord, Joan – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
This Challenge to Lead report, Getting Serious About High School Graduation, not only describes the challenges SREB states face in meeting the goal that all young adults have a high school diploma, but it also provides policies and strategies that each state can--and should--use to get serious about high school graduation. It is possible to adjust…
Descriptors: High Schools, Young Adults, Technical Institutes, Graduation Rate
Bottoms, Gene; McNally, Kathleen – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
This report presents actions states can take to help ensure that they have a highly qualified teacher in every career/technical classroom. In order to meet this goal, states may need to rethink their approach toward recruitment by developing a system to enroll interested and capable high school and college students in a career/technical teacher…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Competencies
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
The need for highly skilled graduates in mathematics, science and technology is critical in today's growing economy. The nation's increasing dependence on foreign engineering expertise poses significant economic, policy and national security challenges. This document discusses why it is important to integrate mathematics, science and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Job Skills
Gaines, Gale F. – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
As the largest part of K-12 spending, teacher pay is often the focus of deliberations during legislative sessions. Compensation is an important part of attracting and retaining high-quality teachers. Most teachers continue to be paid based primarily on years of experience and degree level, although some states tie a small portion of compensation…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Incentives, Teacher Effectiveness, State Legislation
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
One of the ways public colleges and universities are adjusting to changing financial circumstances is by hiring more part-time faculty and teaching/research assistants than full-time faculty. The possible long-term effects of this change should be watched closely by campus and state leaders. Several cost factors have triggered the trend:…
Descriptors: Employment Patterns, College Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Teaching Assistants
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
This report on state virtual schools outlines the recent trends associated with virtual high schools over the last 15 years. It notes that early trends indicate that virtual schools are on the rise. The report provides reasons for why the trends have occurred, and describes the Southern Regional Education Board's role in providing information and…
Descriptors: Internet, High Schools, Virtual Classrooms, Educational Technology
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
The Educational Technology Cooperative of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) established the Digital Learning Content initiative to identify guidelines and develop recommendations to assist those who develop, evaluate, select, acquire and use digital learning content to create products that are easy to access and use in order to ensure…
Descriptors: Item Banks, Instructional Materials, Guidelines, State Departments of Education
Mingle, James; Chalous, Bruce; Birkes, Angela – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
Most of us realize that increasing the education of adults who did not complete high school is good. Fewer of us realize just how good. This report on one of the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) Challenge to Lead Goals for Education focuses on the considerable impact of closing the education gap for these adults in SREB states. The…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Postsecondary Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2005
West Virginia's future is contingent on continuing to improve high school and college graduation rates and ensuring that graduates have the knowledge and skills required for 21st-century jobs. The state population is declining, and educational pipeline estimates for 20251 predict a substantial decrease in the population of working and young…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Graduation Rate, Minority Groups, Educational Attainment
Mathews, J.B. – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2004
Statewide educational networks are core elements of states' education and telecommunications infrastructures. These networks influence educational success and contribute to a state's competitive status, economic development and general quality of life. Electronic communications networks are changing how people live and work in every state.…
Descriptors: State Programs, Statewide Planning, Information Technology, Technological Literacy
Bottoms, Gene; Presson, Alice; Han, Lingling – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2004
This report focuses on the noteworthy achievement and the successful practices of 12 rural schools in the southern region that are members of the "High Schools That Work" (HSTW) school improvement network. Although these schools enroll high percentages of minority and/or impoverished students, they have managed to outperform rural…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, High Schools, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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