Advancing Creative Solutions to Assure Fairness and Excellence in Education

Mission and Vision

Promoting Early Learning Opportunities

Goal: Increase access to high-quality early
learning opportunities for all students.

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Advancing Public Education

Goal: Build a constituency for high-quality public schools in the South.

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Improving College Access and Completion

Goal: Identify, test, and advance policies and practices that increase student success in higher education.

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  • Mission and Vision
  • Promoting Early Learning Opportunities
  • Advancing Public Education
  • Improving College Access and Completion

Latest Resources

New Just Learning animated video explaining why juvenile justice systems must become effective educational systems http://t.co/jL28dtjmdN
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Leadership Announcement

2015 SELI Application

Learn more about the 2015 SELI Application today!
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Just Learning Animated Video!

Check out our new animated video for the 2014 report, Just Learning: The Imperative to Transform Juvenile Justice Systems into Effective Educational Systems.
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Latino College Completion

Latino College Completion

Excelencia in Education reports on how 5.5 million more Latinos will need to earn college degrees for the US to regain the top ranking in the world for college degree attainment.
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SEF in the News

New York Times' Nation's Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools cites New Majority.
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Charter Accountability

Annenberg Institute provides standards and policy recommendations for effective charter school oversight.
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Congratulations Rachel!

Congratulations Rachel!

Rachel Harmon, 2014 SELI Fellow awarded Rhodes Scholarship.
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Vulnerable Learners Win with the Common Core: Opinion Editorial from Kent McGuire

Vulnerable Learners

Read Kent McGuire's opinion editorial for the Alliance for Excellent Education's Core of the Matter series.
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Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges

Tough Love

Check out The Education Trust's report examining quality standards for colleges.
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Juvenile Justice

SEF applauds new federal guidance to improve education for incarcerated youth.
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Common Core Facts

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families releases three short briefs aimed at helping low income families understand the new Standards.
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Navigating the New Normal

Navigating the New Normal

SEF reports on financial imperatives for MSI's in avoiding financial exigency.
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Why the South?

Maps of Demographic and Educational Trends in the South and Nation
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SEF Blog

Welcome to SEF’s first Blog and new website! - Kent McGuire, SEF President and CEO

For nearly 150 years, SEF has attempted to change the trajectory of the South by engaging in research, advocacy, and collaborative efforts that highlight not just the challenges we see in providing an excellent education to all students, but show what is working on a local, state and regional level to close these achievement and opportunity gaps. We hope through our new blog and website we can provide a new forum for learning, engaging and thinking through with our partners what kinds of research, evidence and solutions are most important to improving education equity and outcomes for all. Read More