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. 

West Virginia was the lead state partnering with SREB to develop the AC Energy and Power curriculum. West Virginia participation in AC programs in 2017-18:

  • Aerospace Engineering: 1 school
  • Clean Energy Technology: 1 school
  • Energy and Power: 9 schools
  • Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management: 1 school
  • Health Informatics: 2 schools
  • Informatics: 1 school
  • Innovations in Science and Technology: 5 schools
  • Integrated Production Technologies: 3 schools
  • Teachers trained: 17

Kim Cortines of Oak Hill High School won an Outstanding Advanced Career Teacher award in July 2017. >

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. They are taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems

West Virginia uses transitional courses, including an option for the SREB Readiness Courses.

Ready for high school

New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

West Virginia is one of 10 states that have participated in developing, field testing, training or piloting Ready for High School Literacy or Ready for High School Math. >

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.

The West Virginia Department of Education was honored with the Exceptional Transformation of CTE Centers Statewide Award at the July 2016 HSTW Conference.

HSTW State Network

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

There were 46 active West Virginia schoolsin 2016-17. SREB provided 372 days of on-site coaching, technical assistance and professional development in 2016-17.

HSTW Board Member: Kathy D’ Antoni, Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
HSTW State Coordinator: Stan Hopkins >

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 almost 196 sites in 18 states.

Active centers in West Virginia in 2015-16: 22 >

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.

In preparation for statewide implementation, West Virginia is piloting Counseling for Careers in 24 schools.