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. 

Kentucky was the lead state working with SREB to develop the AC Integrated Production Technologies and Informatics pathways. 

Kentucky participation in AC programs, 2017-18:

  • Energy and Power: 2 schools
  • Informatics: 4 schools
  • Teachers trained: 7 >

Readiness Courses:
Math Ready and Literacy Ready

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

Kentucky 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.

Kentucky 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.

SREB will offer training for the Ready for High School literacy and math courses in Frankfort and the Ready for College literacy and math courses in Lexington in summer 2018. Schools throughout the state may attend at no cost. >

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.

Kentucky is a member of the High Schools That Work state network. Fifteen schools were active in 2017-18.

HSTW Board Member: Laura Arnold, Associate Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

HSTW State Coordinator: Thomas Thompson, Administrative Consultant, Kentucky 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. 

Eighteen Kentucky schools contracted for direct services in 2017-18. 
SREB is delivering 42 days of on-site coaching and 28 days of on-site 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.

Kentucky is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network. In 2017-18, 15 middle grades schools contracted with SREB for direct services; 24 days of on-site coaching and 12 days of on-site staff development in the schools. 

Five middle grades schools in Eastern Kentucky are part of a partnership effort with SREB and the Kentucky Educational Development Cooperative to improve literacy achievement. Four teachers at Second Street School in Frankfort also received training to implement SREB’s STEM in the middle grades curriculum as a pilot site in the state. >

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 Kentucky in 2017-18: 53 >

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 is working with middle schools, high schools and technology centers in multiple Kentucky districts, with an emphasis on career exploration, career pathways, and personalized education and career plans for all students.