HSTW Pre-Conference Workshops


Pre-Conference Workshops

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

This year, High Schools That Work pre-conference workshops offer teachers and school leaders professional development focused on two important areas: creating high-performing high schools that prepare students for college and careers and closing literacy gaps in the early grades. Both workshops start just before the HSTW Staff Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.

High Schools That Work Site Development Workshop

  • July 10 – 11, 2018
  • Just before the HSTW Staff Development Conference
  • Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
  • Registration fee: $125

Workshop Highlights


During this intensive workshop, high school teams will examine their needs and use SREB’s new High Schools That Work School Improvement Design to build a three-year action plan to create a high-performing school where all students can prepare for postsecondary success.

Research shows that students who complete a college- and career-preparatory curriculum are more likely to aspire to an advanced credential or an associate or bachelor’s degree leading to good jobs. By contrast, students who take a series of unrelated, low-level academic and career and technical education courses are less likely to meet readiness benchmarks or earn postsecondary credentials or degrees. SREB’s new HSTW design helps schools to address this challenge.


Accelerating Literacy Achievement in Grades Pre­­-K­–3­ Workshop

  • July 10 – 11, 2018
  • Just before the HSTW Staff Development Conference
  • Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
  • Registration fee: $150

Workshop Highlights


After grade three, reading difficulties commonly continue despite retention and costly interventions. In fact, studies show that less than 40 percent of all students entering grade four are reading proficiently.

Workshop participants will learn about and be prepared to implement the CanRead Framework. The framework accelerates early literacy achievement and promotes trained literacy teams that plan with teachers at each of the Pre­­-K­–3­ grade levels.

The workshop will be led by Robert Lynn Canady. Canady has taught grades 4 -12; has served as principal of elementary, middle, and junior high schools; and has held several other leadership roles. Having worked with schools in 45 states, he is regarded as an expert in the areas of grading practices, active teaching strategies, implementing programs for at-risk students and restructuring schools through various types of scheduling and instructional strategies.


General information


The Site Development Workshops run from 8 a.m., July 10, through noon, July 11, 2018.

Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for hotel and travel costs.

Register online.

General information

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Connections Housing will act as the booking agent for all contracted conference hotels. Book your room today at Gaylord Palms online or call (404) 842-0000 or (800) 262-9974.

As is standard practice, hotels will require a one-night deposit for each room reservation. Refunds will be given only if cancellations are made at least seven days prior to the scheduled date of arrival.

Room Types     Price (per night)


Conference Transportation

Delta Air Lines Discounted Rates

SREB has partnered with Delta Air Lines to provide travel to conference attendees at a discounted rate.

How to Do It:

Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com or by calling the Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111. Please note that a direct ticketing charge will apply for booking by phone. When booking online, select BOOK A TRIP, click on Search More Options (under the blue bar stating FIND FLIGHTS). Locate the Meeting Event Code box after entering and enter the SREB meeting ID (MNR6F) in the box provided on the Search Flight page.


Things to Do in Orlando

Orlando offers hundreds of entertainment options.

Disney World

  • Theme Parks
  • Attractions
  • Dinning
  • Shopping
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Sports and Recreation

Once each day’s sessions and meeting are over, enjoy Orlando’s attractions. Learn more and get discounted rates at Visit Orlando.