High Schools That Work

Overview

High Schools That Work

High Schools That Work

High Schools That Work is the nation’s largest school improvement initiative for high school leaders and teachers. 

More than 1,200 HSTW sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia currently use the HSTW Goals and Key Practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

HSTW’s annual Staff Development Conference attracts thousands of educators each year for professional development. HSTW publications, case studies, site development guides and other materials help improve high school curriculum and instruction across the nation. 

HSTW is nationally recognized for its effectiveness and has led to other SREB school improvement initiatives, including Making Middle Grades Work, which helps students make stronger academic transitions into high school, and Technology Centers That Work, which helps career and technical education centers improve student readiness for college and careers.

Publication May 201717V10

What SREB Offers Schools

This brochure details SREB’s High Schools That Work school improvement frameworks designed to prepare students for college and careers. Inside you will find descriptions of the programs, professional development, curricula and technical support available for the elementary grades through community and technical colleges.

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Senior-Year Redesign
Accelerating Postsecondary Attainment

The new High Schools That Work model redesigns the senior year of high school to give college-ready students a head start on a credential or degree and help struggling students enter postsecondary programs without the need for remediation.

Ready for College? The Accelerated Option

In the new HSTW model, college-ready seniors take high-quality dual enrollment courses that allow them to graduate with up to 30 credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Publication July 9, 2016 | 7 pages | (16V18)Gene Bottoms and Kirsten Sundell

Career Pathways
Accelerating Access to the Middle Class

More and more jobs require some education past high school, yet we are not preparing enough students for college, careers or both. Career pathways from middle and high school through college and into the workplace can accelerate access to the middle class.

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Project-Based Learning
In Career Pathway Courses

SREB’s Project-Based Learning in Career Pathways training helps schools develop authentic and rigorous projects that provide students opportunities to master technical and academic standards for college and careers.

SREB provides training and coaching for academic and career and technical education teachers as they collaborate on better assignments and assessments.

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Contract Services

Schools, districts and states desiring intensive assistance to improve schools can contract directly with SREB for support in implementing the HSTW, MMGW or TCTW designs. Click below for more information about contracting with SREB at the school, district or state level.

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Assessments & Surveys

HSTW, MMGW and TCTW are data-driven, research-based school improvement initiatives. Using assessment and survey tools, participating states, districts and schools can establish baseline data, identify areas for improvement and track progress over time.

All HSTW, TCTW and MMGW schools participate in biennial student and teacher surveys. Schools receive comprehensive reports detailing school and classroom experiences.