How Does a State Become a Member of HSTW?

HSTW is a cost-effective way for states to join SREB and other states in offering high schools a proven framework of Goals and Key Practices for raising student achievement.

The consortium meets three times annually to discuss progress in improving student achievement and to address issues of leadership, staff development, technical assistance and accountability. SREB and the states are partners in delivering services to member schools and in encouraging policy-makers to enact needed legislation and policies to improve high schools for all students. States sign a memorandum of understanding with SREB and agree to assume certain responsibilities associated with maintaining and developing a state network of school improvement sites. 

Leaders who want to discuss state membership in HSTW should contact SREB Senior Vice President Gene Bottoms.

How Does a School Become an HSTW site?

High schools that want to join HSTW have two options: 

1. Join a state network.

SREB and HSTW member states work together to provide services to member schools. Each state uses its own process for selecting schools to join the network. Most states require prospective schools to submit applications; a few states ask for annual proposals; some states require majority approval by the school staff members to adopt the HSTW school improvement model.

This option is available only for schools in the 30 HSTW member states and the District of Columbia. 

The 30 HSTW member states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia.

For more information about joining a state network, contact your state’s HSTW State Coordinator.   

2. Contract with SREB for direct support.

Schools and districts throughout the nation can contract directly with HSTW for school improvement support. Services include on-site coaching by experienced school improvement consultants, technical assistance and professional development.

Contracts are funded through a variety of sources, including federal Smaller Learning Communities grants, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, Perkins grants, Title I and Title II funds, and other state and local funds. 

To pursue this option, contact Jenn Carter.