Technology Centers

Overview

Technology Centers

Shared- and full-time technology centers fuel economic growth in their states and communities by offering specialized CTE programs leading to advanced credentials and degrees in high-tech, high-demand fields.

SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement process supports the unique needs of the nation’s technology centers.

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Technology Centers That Work
Jump start credentials and careers

SREB’s school improvement design for technology centers — Technology Centers That Work — helps leaders and teachers adopt continuous improvement practices that foster rigorous academic and career pathway curricula, project-based instruction, work-based learning and personalized supports.

With SREB support, leaders and teachers collaborate with sending high schools and community and technical colleges to design and implement career pathways that close critical workforce gaps. They also use our problem-solving process to address problems of practice.

What Makes It Work – 10 Key Practices

We’ve invested over 30 years of research to identify 10 key school and classroom practices that positively impact student effort and achievement. Whether applied in high schools or technology centers, these practices give students the purpose, direction and support they need to achieve college and career readiness.

  1. Create a culture of high expectations in every classroom and throughout the school.
  2. Ensure each student develops and completes a personalized program of study that leads to postsecondary and career success.
  3. Teach academic content through the lens of real-world problems and projects.
  4. Ensure that all students, including underrepresented and nontraditional students, have equitable access to high-quality career pathways.
  5. Use research-based instructional strategies and innovative technology practices to engage each student.
  6. Provide teams of teachers with training, time and support to work together to improve instruction.
  7. Provide each student with a continuum of real-world learning experiences that connect classroom and workplace learning.
  8. Offer guidance and advisement that empower students to pursue a full range of career and college options after high school.  
  9. Provide students with the extra help or accelerated learning strategies they need to graduate college and career ready.
  10. Engage the whole school community in continuously using data to identify problems and develop plans to solve them.

Customizable Support

TCTW sites gain access to our full range of support services, Advanced Career, our exciting project-based career pathway curricula, professional development and coaching services, and surveys for center students and teachers that generate valuable data for improvement planning.

SREB encourages states, districts and centers to join our national network of TCTW sites for the most cost-effective access to services.

We invite TCTW sites and their partners to attend our annual TCTW Leaders Forum, a national convening focused exclusively on quality CTE and the critical role centers play in their states’ educational and workforce development systems. Most sites also attend our annual Making Schools Work summer conference to network and learn with thousands of educators nationwide.

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2021 National TCTW Leaders Forum
Access and Equity: Quality CTE for Every Student

Join us at the 2021 Technology Centers That Work Leaders Forum (dates/location TBA) for three days of hands-on professional learning and networking with leaders and teachers from career centers nationwide.

This year’s Forum will take participants on a deep dive into continuous improvement strategies that promote equitable access to high-quality CTE for every student. Keynotes, breakouts, power planning sessions, poster presentations and a surprise capstone event will explore how state, district, building and classroom leaders can bring an equity focus to their policies and practices, school culture and climate, and curriculum and instruction.

The TCTW Forum is the nation’s only professional learning event dedicated exclusively to the critical role career centers like yours play in states’ educational and workforce development systems.

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2020 Student and Teacher Surveys
For middle grades schools, high schools and career centers

SREB’s new and improved online surveys offer a unique opportunity to collect authentic, anonymous data from students and teachers about their school and classroom experiences. Participating sites receive user-friendly, actionable feedback and valuable insights they can use create a roadmap for school improvement.

Publication September 2019 | 20 pages
Shared-Time Technology Centers: A Study of Six State Funding Systems. Special Report for the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force Southern Regional Education Board.  SREB.org. September 2019

Shared-Time Technology Centers
A Study of Six State Funding Systems

Students need learning experiences connected with the world of work to equip them to enter the workforce and secure good jobs. This report provides an overview of funding for career and technical education and a detailed look at CTE funding models in Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia. Produced by SREB for the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force, it also offers considerations for actions to improve CTE.

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