Curriculum and School Improvement


Advanced Career

A new approach to career and technical education that combines college-readiness academics with hands-on, project-based assignments focused on modern careers. Advanced Career helps prepare students for as many options as possible after high school: a high-value job, college, community college or technical school. 

Texas participation in AC programs, 2016-17:

Energy and Power: 1 school

Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 1 school

Teachers trained: 1 >

Readiness Courses:
Math Ready and Literacy Ready

Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of education. 

Ready for college

Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. Taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

SREB worked with Texas to develop Readiness Courses aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. >

High Schools That Work

The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework and its six design features and nine key practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

HSTW State Network

Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

Texas is a member of the High Schools That Work state network, with 18 active schools in 2015-16

HSTW Board Member: Diane Salazar, State Director of Career Technical Education

Contracts for Direct Support

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as onsite coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

Eighteen Texas schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. SREB delivered 106 days of onsite coaching and 32 days of onsite staff development at the schools. >

Making Middle Grades Work

Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to the professional development resources they need. The network includes over 650 schools in 20 states.

Texas is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with two active schools in 2015-16. SREB delivered 18 days of onsite coaching and 6 days of onsite staff development to the schools. >

Counseling for Careers

Awakens students to career goals and connects them to the high school and postsecondary programs of study to succeed in them. SREB offers workshops, materials and coaching for districts, schools and technology centers, which then involve teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and community partners.

SREB is helping middle schools, high schools, technology centers and postsecondary institutions in Texas expand career readiness through professional development and coaching.