Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards


At the 2023 Making Schools Work Conference, SREB will recognize outstanding middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers that have implemented SREB’s school improvement frameworks and are achieving success in meeting bold goals related to graduation, readiness and credential attainment.

Award nominations for 2023 are now open.

SREB’s evidence-based school improvement frameworks are 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.

To be recognized as a Pacesetter School, schools must:

  • Demonstrate engagement in SREB’s Making Schools Work network of schools by:
  • Provide evidence of taking actions to implement changes in school and classroom practices for at least one of the key practices;
  • Provide evidence showing how students have achieved success due to the changes;
  • Participate in the 2023 Making Schools Work Conference and present a session aligned with the key practice for which the school is being recognized.

Nomination submission deadline: December 1, 2022

Submit completed nominations to:

Download the Pacesetter Award Criteria (PDF)

Download the nomination form (PDF)