SREB, in partnership with state and local education leaders in 30 states and the District of Columbia, has a network of over 1,000 High Schools That Work (HSTW) sites. Each participating state and local school or school system agrees to accelerate student achievement by creating conditions that support teachers and local leaders in implementing key improvement practices. For more information about activities in each participating state, contact your HSTW State Coordinator.
SREB works in cooperation with states, local school system leaders and participating business and industry leaders to provide a variety of services to members of the state network. These services are aimed at helping schools raise students' academic and technical achievement and improve graduation rates:
- Provide coaching and professional learning services to network schools.
- Provide a range of publications and informational materials (including guides, newsletters, policy reports and progress reports) to support state and school efforts.
- Conduct assessments and surveys, including the biennial HSTW Assessment, the ninth-grade survey, and the follow-up survey of HSTW graduates.
- Analyze and disseminate results from the HSTW Assessment and other surveys.
- Facilitate annually one statewide Site Development Workshop (SDW) to introduce teams from new schools to the HSTW model, while providing an opportunity to assess current progress.
- Support collaboration among schools within the state network.
Benefits of the Consortium
- Students gain increased academic and technical knowledge and skills. They become more confident in their ability to meet life's challenges and see themselves as worthy and contributing individuals.
- Teachers feel better about themselves and their ability to assist all students. They become part of a team that re-designs the curriculum and plans staff development activities to increase student achievement.
- Principals strengthen their leadership skills through new techniques of scheduling, staffing and curriculum design to offer maximum learning opportunities to all students, not just those entering a four-year college or university.
- Schools receive data to identify what is needed to improve student achievement in mathematics, science and reading. The information becomes the basis of an action plan to focus faculty and administration on making needed changes. HSTW results in improved communication between the high school and employers, and between the high school and postsecondary education.
- Districts receive support in creating a district-wide improvement vision and access to proven practices in professional development for teachers and leaders.
- States acquire new strategies for working with local school systems on a long-term basis to bring about "whole school" change. School leaders and teachers gain confidence that they can increase the achievement of all groups of students.
- The community, state and nation benefit from improved mathematics, science and technical literacy achievement of America's future front-line employees. More students remain in school and pursue education and training after high school.