HSTW Staff Development Conference


Join us for the 32nd Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference!

July 11-14, 2018 

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center 
Orlando, Florida 

The HSTW Staff Development Conference provides a platform for elementary, middle grades and high school educators to share innovative and proven school improvement strategies. Hear how teams of teachers, counselors and leaders prepared academic and career and technical education students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college and the 21st-century workplace. 



You may download the form below to mail or fax your registration through June 29, 2018, or you may register online. If you wish to pay by credit card, you must register online.


See payment options below. Register online now.

Registration Options Date Fee
HSTW Staff Development Conference Only July 11-14, 2018 $300
College-and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference Only July 9-11, 2018 $225
College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference & HSTW Staff Development Conference July 9-14, 2018 $400
Guest (Does not include access to sessions. Guests have access to meals and the Exhibit Hall.)   $80
HSTW One-Day Registration Fee   $150

Credit Cards

We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover. To pay with a credit card, you must register online. All credit card transactions will be subject to a 10 percent processing fee.

Checks and Purchase Orders

Fax:   (404) 872-1477
Mail:   Southern Regional Education Board
          Attn: HSTW
          592 Tenth St. N.W.
          Atlanta, GA 30318

Cancellations and Refunds

Please submit cancellation and refund requests to summerstaffdev@sreb.org by June 22, 2018. All cancellations received after this date will incur a $100 cancellation fee per cancelled attendee; refund requests will be accepted for emergency situations only. 


Schedule at a Glance
HSTW Staff Development Conference

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.              Registration Open
3 – 4 p.m. p.m.              Opening General Session
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.            State Meetings
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.            Team Meetings

Thursday, July 12, 2018

8 – 11:30 a.m.               Concurrent Sessions
11:45 a.m.                     Lunch #1 and Concurrent Sessions
1 p.m.                            Lunch #2 and Concurrent Sessions
2:15 – 4:30 p.m.            Concurrent Sessions
4:30 – 6 p.m.                 Team Meetings 

Friday, July 13, 2018

8 – 11:30 a.m.               Concurrent Sessions
11:45 a.m.                     Lunch #1 and Concurrent Sessions
1 p.m.                            Lunch #2 and Concurrent Sessions
2:15 – 4:30 p.m.            Concurrent Sessions
4:30 – 6 p.m.                 Team Meetings

Saturday, July 14, 2018

8 – 10:30 a.m.                Concurrent Sessions
10:45 – Noon                 Closing General Session

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.


Conference Goals

This conference will provide innovative, proven strategies that will prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school and the workplace. To meet these challenges, the conference has set the following goals:

General information

2018 HSTW Staff Development Conference

1. How do high-performing schools teach all students using engaging assignments connected to grade-level standards?
  1. Design literacy-based assignments in all content areas to engage students in comprehending grade-level texts, and demonstrate understanding of discipline content in well-written reports.
  2. Create a series of math assignments that advance students’ mathematical understanding and reasoning skills in solving conceptual and applied problems.
  3. Involve employers and postsecondary leaders in designing authentic, challenging real-world project-based assignments that require students to apply academic, technical and workplace readiness skills.

Awards Nominations
2018 HSTW Staff Development Conference

HSTW, TCTW and MMGW Criteria and Nomination Process

At the 32nd Annual HSTW Staff Development Conference, SREB will recognize outstanding high schools, technology centers and middle grades schools that have implemented SREB’s Key Practices with fidelity and are achieving success in meeting bold goals related to graduation, readiness and credential attainment. All nominations must be received by March 15, 2018.

SREB’s evidence-based school improvement framework is grounded in the belief that when states, districts and schools create personalized, meaningful learning experiences and encourage students to succeed, students will make the effort needed to master complex academic and technical concepts. Further, schools that shift their school classroom practices by adopting our Key Practices can increase the percentage of students who graduate ready for college and careers to 80 percent or more.

To be recognized as an outstanding HSTW, TCTW or MMGW site, schools must:

  • Be an active member of the HSTW, TCTW or MMGW network for two consecutive years.
  • Administer the HSTW, TCTW or MMGW student and teacher surveys.
  • Provide evidence of implementing with fidelity one of the Key Practices. Click here to review HSTW and TCTW Key Practices. Click here to review MMGW Key Practices.
  • Provide evidence of student achievement.
  • Participant in the staff development conference and present a session aligned to the Key Practice for which the school is being recognized.

Please email nomination forms to Jasmine Jones.  

HSTW and TCTW Nomination Form


MMGW Nomination Form



Conference Sponsorships

SREB is excited to introduce a sponsorship opportunity with the 2018 High Schools That Work Staff Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conferences.

Sponsorship levels are:

Platinum:   $15,000 and above

Gold:         $10,000 – $14,999

Silver:        $5,000 – $9,000

Bronze:      $2,000 – $4,999

For more details about this year’s sponsorship levels:




The document below outlines the policy, procedures, fees, setup and operational guidelines for exhibitors at the 32nd Annual HSTW Staff Development Conference.

Use our online system to apply for a booth. Please use Chrome as your web browser for exhibitor registration.



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.