About HSTW


About HSTW

For more than 30 years, SREB has partnered with states, districts and schools to identify and implement strategies that empower young people to connect what they learn in the classroom with the world of work.

Our efforts began in 1987 with High Schools That Work, SREB’s premier school improvement process. Now spanning grades 3-12 and known as Making Schools Work, this problem-solving process is grounded in the belief that increased achievement starts with motivating students to make the effort to succeed.

Making Schools Work supports leaders in engaging teachers and school communities to identify problems of practice and develop plans to create learning environments that integrate academic and technical content and empower youth to discover and achieve their goals, receive support from caring adults and pursue postsecondary studies and careers.

Making Schools Work provides a process and a structure that helps schools and districts in any setting make the changes needed to ensure equitable access to high-quality programs and ensure that all students — regardless of their gender, race, socioeconomic background, ability level or location — have the support they need to be successful.

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Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College
SREB’s Making Schools Work School Improvement Process

Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College offers a guide to SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement process and related services.

For more than 30 years, SREB has partnered with states, districts and schools to identify and implement strategies that motivate young people to put what they learn in the classroom to work in the real world.

Publication November 201312 pages(13V16w)

Case Study: Wren High School — Closing the Graduation and Readiness Gap

This South Carolina High School has eliminated all low-level courses, exposed students to a rigorous curriculum and added Advanced Placement classes. It has also strengthened its advisory and guidance programs to ensure all students take the courses that prepare them for college and careers.It was one of 16 high schools to receive the HSTW Platinum High Achievement Award in 2012.

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Publication 201310 pages(13V14w)

Case Study: Fred J. Page High School

Fred J. Page High School in Franklin, Tennessee, provides a high-quality learning environment for students in rural Williamson County, just south of Nashville. Th e staff sets high expectations, meets students where they are academically and challenges them with rigorous coursework in preparing all students to succeed in college and careers. The school has traveled an upward path from 2003, when it was targeted by the state as a “C” school, to 2012, when it became an “A” school. Also in 2012, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) identified Page High School as one of 16 High Schools Th at Work (HSTW) schools in the nation to receive a Platinum High Achievement Award. Th e award is presented to model HSTW sites that deeply implement the HSTW design, teach students a rigorous curriculum and meet high achievement standards. In 2013, Page High School Principal Andrea Anthony was named the best principal in Tennessee by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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