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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, 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.
Seven schools were active in 2017-18.

HSTW Board Member: George Wilcox, Interim 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.

One Virginia school contracted for direct services in 2017-18. SREB delivered two days of on-site coaching and eight days of on-site staff development at the schools.

SREB.org/HSTW >

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 2016-17. SREB delivered four days of on-site coaching and four days of on-site staff development to the schools.

SREB.org/MMGW >

Technology Centers That Work

Helps shared-time centers produce high-demand, high-wage graduates. SREB provides staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. The network includes 218 sites in 16 states.

Active centers in Virginia in 2017-18: 1

TCTW provided an expanded Technical Assistance Visit and Site Development Workshop at Norfolk Technical Center in 2017-18.

Counseling for College and 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 implemented Counseling for Careers in Virginia public schools statewide in the 2016-17 school year. 

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