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29th Annual HSTW Staff Development Conference

2015 Conference Program

29th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference Featured Speakers

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Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Hilton Atlanta | Hyatt Regency

Atlanta, Georgia
July 15-18, 2015

Our annual conference is one of the most comprehensive school improvement events in the nation, with presentations and panels featuring K-12 practitioners from all content fields, including academic, career and technical education, counseling, school and district leadership, and elective courses.

Learn about 21st-century strategies and how to effectively use technology tools as you collaborate with your colleagues and others. See how these and other fun ideas can engage your students while preparing them for all postsecondary options, whether it’s going to college, starting a career or both.

During the conference you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the world-class city of Atlanta and visit venues such as the Georgia Aquarium, the College Football Hall of Fame and Turner Field. See Extracurricular Activities for more information.

Take the conference survey and let us know what you thought about this year's event! You will receive a certificate of attendance immediately after completing the survey, which can be used to attain professional learning credits.









High-Performing Schools

The theme of this year’s conference is How to Become a High-Performing School. Key practices in high-performing schools that prepare students for high school, postsecondary studies and a career are:
  1. Have the entire faculty dedicated to teaching all students to college- and career-readiness standards and provide the extra time and support needed for each student to succeed.
  2. Engage students in assignments that advance their abilities to read grade-level texts in all subject areas.
  3. Give students formative assessment lessons in mathematics to improve their abilities to understand and apply their math skills to multi-step problems.
  4. Implement scheduling structures that help teachers collaborate within and across disciplines to create meaningful assignments that blend academics with real-world problems.
  5. Provide successful transitions from one level of education to another.
  6. Make technology a part of the student learning experience.
  7. Provide students with experiences to discover their interests, aptitudes, potential careers and acquire needed skills through high-quality career and technical education courses and work-site learning.
  8. Use students’ interests and career goals to provide more than one pathway for students to succeed and earn a credential of value — industry certification, postsecondary certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree and others.
  9. Convey to students that a successful life is developed in service to others.

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