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. 

North Carolina participation in AC programs, 2017-18:

Aerospace Engineering: 2 schools

Clean Energy Technology: 2 schools

Health Informatics: 2 schools

Teachers trained: 8 >

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

North Carolina has trained over 100 teachers in SREB’s Readiness Courses since 2015, and over 200 high schools have implemented Literacy Ready and Math Ready to date.

Math Leader

North Carolina has been a leader in implementing Math Ready. SREB worked with North Carolina to develop Essentials of College Mathematics, aligned to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction standards. Essentials for College Math was adopted as a fourth-year math course and qualifies for University of North Carolina admission. Students who complete the course and meet GPA measures are not required to take remedial math when they enroll at a North Carolina community college.

Pre- and post-test data from schools that offer Essentials for College Math show that students gained one placement level in preparedness for college mathematics.

Outstanding Math Ready Teacher
Jeff McCulloch of Eugene Ashley High School
in New Hanover County Schools has taught Math Ready since it was piloted and mentored other Math Ready teachers.

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.

Over 40 teachers were trained in the Ready for High School courses in literacy and math in 2016, with selected high schools piloting the courses in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. >

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.

North Carolina is a member of the state network. In 2016-17, 18 schools were active.

Thirty North Carolina schools contracted for direct services in 2017-18. SREB is delivering 128 days of on-site coaching and 72 days of on-site staff development at the schools.

HSTW Board Member: Trey Michael, State Director, Career and Technical Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

HSTW Coordinator: Cheryl Cox >

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.

In 2017-18, 21 North Carolina middle schools contracted with SREB for direct services. >

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 assisting two North Carolina districts with Counseling for Careers.