Curriculum and School Improvement


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.

Virginia is a member of the High Schools That Work state network.
Eight schools were active in 2015-16.

HSTW Board Member: Lolita Hall, State Director Career Technical Education, Virginia Department of Education

HSTW State Coordinator: Judith Sams, Business and Information Technology and Related Clusters, Virginia Department of Education

Contracts for Direct Support

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

Four Virginia schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. SREB delivered two days of onsite coaching and eight 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.

Virginia is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with one active school in 2015-16. SREB delivered four days of onsite coaching and four days of onsite staff development to the schools. >

Counseling for Careers

SREB implemented Counseling for Careers in Virginia public schools statewide in the 2016-17 school year. As part of the implementation, SREB provided a 30-minute overview video on the program. This was followed by four regional two-day professional development sessions for school districts across the state.

During the 2017-18 school year, SREB will conduct on-site professional development in districts, through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Education.