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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.

Louisiana is a member of the High Schools That Work state network. Seven schools were active in 2016-17.

HSTW Board Member: Patricia Felder, Executive Director, Career and Technical Education Louisiana & Technical College System

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. 

Eight Louisiana schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. SREB provided 108 days of on-site coaching and 16 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.

Louisiana is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with 10 active schools in five parishes in 2016-17.

All six schools were part of a joint initiative of SREB and the Louisiana Department of Education to improve instruction in northeast Louisiana. The schools received ongoing professional development and job-embedded coaching to improve instruction.

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 Louisiana in 2017-18: 2

SREB.org/TCTW >

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 partnering with Bossier City Community College to implement Counseling for Careers in parish schools and increase business and community partnerships.