Tech centers, technology centers, technical centers, career centers and career/technical centers all have a common purpose: to provide high-quality career/technical studies to high school students. Students may attend these centers for only a portion of the school day, week or year, or they may attend full time, receiving both academic and technical instruction at the center.
The Technology Centers That Work school improvement initiative was formed in 2007 to help these shared-time centers review and implement the actions needed to produce high-demand, high-wage graduates who will be leaders in their selected careers. The network now includes more than 180 sites in 18 states.
SREB provides member sites with staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. TCTW sites participate in the biennial HSTW Assessment and the TCTW Teacher Survey, designed specifically for teachers in shared-time centers.
National Technology Centers That Work Leaders’ Forum
The Forum is focused on creating opportunities for participants to have an open dialogue regarding issues facing technology centers and to hear from peers about successful practices that have positively impacted student performance. It is designed for administrators, instructional leaders and instructional focus team members who have taken the lead in implementing the Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) initiative, along with any other administrators and leaders from tech centers throughout the country who are interested in the future of shared-time centers.
Create opportunities to continue the dialogue regarding ways to improve the structure of shared-time centers to meet student needs.
Increase the awareness of how shared-time centers can help our country meet the workforce needs of business and industry.
Increase awareness of the impact of new instructional technology on career/technical programs.
Develop knowledge of how the core academic standards are impacting the content and instructional methodology of career/technical programs.
Improve participants’ ability to provide quality school leadership and improve the culture of the shared-time centers.
SREB Senior Vice President Gene Bottoms explains
Technology Centers That Work
TCTW's Role in Implementing the new Common Core State Standards
Learn more about TCTW’s role in implementing the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by viewing our webinar, "The Changing Nature of the Shared-time Centers: What’s the Impact of CCSS?" You will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to view the presentation.