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Janet Wyche
Coordinator, High School Curriculum

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High Schools That Work

High Schools That Work (HSTW) is a research and data-driven school improvement initiative of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) designed to assist high schools in improving the academic and technical performance and post-high school placement of secondary students. The Georgia Department of Education sponsors collaboration between the state, local schools, and SREB to provide students with challenging programs of study supported by student/parent/school-based advisement systems, extra help when needed, and community partnerships. High Schools That Work activities involve the high school in efforts that replace low-level performance expectations with course rigor and relevance and a school improvement initiative with a purpose.

Major goals of HSTW in Georgia:

  • To raise the mathematics, science, communications, problem-solving and technical achievement of Georgia students to the national average or above.
  • To significantly improve the ability of Georgia High Schools to prepare students for post high school options by following the HSTW Key Practices.
  • To improve the CTAE programs through the integration and support of academics.

HSTW helps high schools customize plans to reach their improvement goals. This assistance includes but not limited to:

  • Focused staff development opportunities at the local, regional, and state levels
  • Targeted assessment services through the HSTW Assessment (NAPE Referenced)
  • Ongoing communication and networking opportunities
  • Technical assistance
  • Integration of CTAE and academic curriculum

HSTW High Implementation Schools Based on the 2008 HSTW Assessment

The following schools represent a large number of schools that have implemented the HSTW initiative in Georgia. These schools have used HSTW very effectively in their school improvement process based on the 2008 HSTW Assessment. New sites or sites wishing to expand their HSTW initiative may wish to communicate with these sites about their progress.

Baldwin High School
Lyn Chandler, Principal

Camden County High School
Dr. John Tucker, Principal

Dalton County High School
Debbie Freeman, Principal

Dawson County High School
Wayne Chelf, Principal

Grady High School
Vincent Murray, Principal

Stephenson High School
Dr. Angela Pringle, Principal

Becoming a HSTW site:

  • Have a commitment to school improvement
  • Have at least 80% faculty buy-in
  • Administer the HSTW Assessment
  • Conduct a site development workshop for staff
  • Develop a leadership team and focus teams
  • Development of HSTW Key Practices
  • Attend the HSTW Summer In-Service
  • Complete annual report for SREB and State GaDOE Status Report
Southern Regional Education Board
High Schools That Work General Resources
FY10 HTSW Directory
HSTW Re-energizer Workshop (Bibb)
Math-CTAE Integrated Units and Projects
2008 HSTW Site Data Tool
2008 HSTW Data Trainer Presentation
New Site Development Resources
Georgia Site Development Workshop Powerpoint
Sample 3 Year Implementation Plan
Sample 6 Year Implementation Plan
Site Development Planner Workbook
Literacy Across the Curriculum Resources
Literacy Coaches Workshop Powerpoint
Literacy Team Workshop Powerpoint
Literacy Plan Development Template
Big Ideas for Literacy Coaches
Video: Teachers as Literacy Trainers: Northwest Ohio
9th Grade Focus/Academy Resources
Workshop Powerpoint
Workshop Planner
Sample Implementation Rubric
GaDOE Career Development Resources
Georgia “Teachers as Advisors” Program Resources
GeorgiaCRN Website