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Title: Doing What Works: Moving Together on High Standards for All Students


1
High Schools That Work ORIENTATION
Southern Regional Education Board
2
KWL Strategy

What I Know about HSTW What I Want to know about HSTW What Ive Learned about HSTW
Complete Column 1 Complete Column 2
3
What about
  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
  • High Schools That Work (HSTW)

WWW.sreb.org
4
Work Harder to Get Smarter We need to change
our thinking and our language from an ability
model to an effort model.
Southern Regional Education Board
5
American Institute for Research
  • High Schools That Work is one of only three
    research-based school reform designs that has
    significant data supporting effectiveness in
    raising student achievement.
  • That quote is based upon the state network of
    schools.

6
HSTW States
7
TOPICHSTW 10 Key Practices
Main Ideas (10 Key Practices)
Details
GIST/Summary
8
Raise expectations and get students to meet them.
Key Practice 1
9
Students Experience Intensive High Classroom
Expectations
Indicator Top 50 All Sites
Teachers state amount and quality of work for an A or a B (often) 57 42
Revise written work (often) 51 17
Work hard to meet high standards (often) 55 54
Teachers are available for extra help (frequently) 67 57
One or more hours of homework (daily) 35 21
10
Students See that High School is Important to
Their Future
Indicator Top 50 All Sites
Courses are exciting or challenging (often) 83 17
Tried to do their best work in school (often) 68 54
Very important to participate actively in class 77 58
Very important to study hard to get good grades 83 69
11
Common Actions Schools Take
  • Increased requirements total or specific
    courses GO BEYOND THE MINIMUM
  • Senior course requirements/Senior Project
  • Course syllabi clearly defines expectations
  • Common end-of-course (and unit) exams
  • A-B-C Not Yet grading
  • Expand opportunities to earn college credit in
    high school

12
Increase access to challenging career and
technical studies, with a major emphasis on using
high-level mathematics, science, language arts
and problem-solving skills.
Key Practice 2
13
High-Achieving Sites Challenge Students
High- Low- Students
said they Achieving Achieving
Sites Sites
  • Used mathematics in 73 57
  • vocational assignments
  • Read technical manuals to 85 65
  • complete assignments
  • Met standards on a written 92 36
  • exam to pass a course

14
Common Actions Schools Take
  • Business Advisory Committees become active
  • Seek industry certification
  • Require reading, writing and math
  • Written final exams
  • Capstone Projects
  • Link with community colleges for dual credit
    opportunities
  • Expand work-based/school-based/virtual learning
    opportunities

15
Key Practice 3 Increase access to challenging
academic studies
16
Common Actions Schools Take
  • Literacy Focus
  • 25 books per year across the curriculum
  • Write weekly in all classes
  • Reading and writing strategies to help understand
    the content of all classes
  • Research papers in all classes
  • Eliminate sections of low-level courses
  • Curriculum maps pacing guides
  • Raise the level of classroom questioning

17
2004 Percentage of Students Experiencing Quality
Academic Studies
Indicator Top 50 All Sites
Revise written work for quality (often) 47 17
Write in-depth explanations (sometimes and often) 67 54
Solve problems outside the textbook (monthly) 77 62
18
Key Practice 4 Have students complete a
challenging program of study with an upgraded
academic core and a concentration.
19
HSTW-Recommended Academic Core
  • Four credits in college-prep/honors English
  • Four mathematics credits including Algebra I,
    II, and Geometry
  • At least three credits in lab-based science
    Physical, Biology Chemistry
  • At least three credits in college-prep/honors
    social studies
  • NOTE 4 X 4 core for schools with schedules that
    allow at least 28 credits.
  • Math in the senior year
  • PLUS. . .

20
Concentrations
  • 4 credits in a planned sequence of career and
    technical studies
  • or
  • 4 credits in a planned academic concentration
    such as
  • Humanities
  • Math/Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Schools determine concentrations with business
    community help

21
2004 Recommended Core and Academic Achievement
Average Reading Score Average Mathematics Score Average Science Score
HSTW Goal 279 297 299
Fully Completed (completed all three subjects) 294 319 313
Partially Completed (completed 1 or 2 of the subjects) 279 301 294
Did Not Complete 264 284 275
22
2004 Percentage Taking Recommended Academic Core
Indicator Top 50 All Sites
College-prep English (4 credits) 84 40
Mathematics (4 credits, Algebra I or higher) 77 42
Science (3 credits at college-prep level) 91 56
Completed all three parts 66 21
23
Key Practice 5 Give students access to a
system of work-based and school-based learning
planned cooperatively by educators and employers.
24
Work-based Opportunities
  • Job shadowing
  • Internships
  • Co-op
  • Youth apprenticeship
  • Service learning
  • School-based enterprises
  • Teacher externships

25
Require students in work-based learning
opportunities to
  • Attend a regular class and/or seminar
  • Keep a journal of experiences
  • Develop a professional portfolio

26
2004 Percentage of Students Having Quality
Work-site Learning
Indicator Top 50 All Sites
Observed veteran workers 60 43
Taught how to do the work 87 76
Encouraged to develop good work habits (monthly) 77 62
Encouraged to develop good customer relations skills (monthly) 76 62
27
Key Practice 6 Have teachers work together
to integrate instruction.
28
Approaches to Integration
  • Short-term projects
  • Long-term projects
  • Thematic projects
  • Academies
  • Ninth-grade
  • Career
  • Magnet Schools
  • Team teaching

29
Academic and Career Technical Teachers Work
Together
Students said they frequently had joint
assignments in
High- Achieving Sites
Low- Achieving Sites
Writing 90 23 Mathematics 41 13 Science
60 19
30
Engage students actively in learning.
Key Practice 7
31
Actions for Engaging Students
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Project-based learning
  • Cooperative learning
  • High-level questioning
  • Integrated instruction
  • Integration of technology
  • Effective direct instruction

32
Involve students and parents in a guidance and
advisement system
Key Practice 8
33
Actions Schools Take
  • Advisor-Advisee
  • Reality checks for juniors
  • Required annual parent meetings
  • Follow-up studies
  • Graduates return to talk to students
  • Use technology to communicate with parents
  • Involve community leaders
  • Meet at convenient places for parents
  • Provide child care

34
Key Practice 9 Provide a structured system of
extra help
35
Common Actions Schools Take
  • Require extra help
  • Build extra help into school day
  • Use technology
  • Credit recovery
  • The 9th grade transition
  • 9th Grade Academy
  • Double-dosing and/or Ninth Grade Seminar
  • Summer bridge program (1 day to 6 weeks)
  • Tutoring program using various support

36
Key Practice 10 Use student assessment and
program evaluation data to continuously
improve. THE FOUNDATION
37
Four Types of Data
  1. Achievement
  2. Demographics
  3. School and Classroom Practices
  4. Perceptions

38
Three Rs for High Schools
  • Rigor
  • Raise Expectations
  • Challenging Academic
  • Program of Study
  • Relevance
  • Challenging Career Technical
  • Work-based Learning
  • Teachers Working Together
  • Active Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Guidance and Advisement
  • Extra Help

The Framework
39
Monitoring Progress The HSTW Assessment
  • Required in even years and optional in odd
  • NAEP Based Assessment in Reading, Mathematics and
    Science
  • Student Survey of Experiences
  • Transcript Analysis
  • Faculty Survey
  • Given to seniors (random sample or all) in
    January window
  • Goals based on skills needed to pass employer
    exams and college placement exams

40
HSTW Design
  • Whole-school reform design requiring faculty
    ownership
  • Network provides expertise learn from others
    with similar issues
  • Key Conditions create the culture for improvement
  • Schools develop plans to address the 10 Key
    Practices using faculty teams

41
TOPIC10 Key Practices
Rank the 10 Key Practices in Order of Priority
for Big Spring High School
Main Ideas
Details
GIST/Summary
42
4-2-1 Free Write
43
Four Corners Activity
  • The four corners of the room are each marked with
    a key practice
  • Please move to the corner that most represents
    which key practice you think should be top
    priority for our high school

44
Why Develop Leadership Teams?
HSTW
  • Teachers spend too little time talking about
    their work.
  • Leadership teams carry on if a leader leaves and
    sustains the effort.
  • Communication improves.
  • Teams come up with better ideas work and
    responsibility are shared

45
Teams Work Best
46
How Many Do You Remember?
HSTW
  • Take one minute to work independently to list all
    the items on the preceding slide (hint there
    were 25)

47
Teams Work Better
HSTW
  • Now work together in table teams to see if your
    table can come up with all 25.
  • I have a prize for any table that does!

48
Teams Work Best
49
Focus on What You Can Change
  • Structure Rigor of what is taught and what is
    expected.
  • Quality Instruction How are students taught?
  • Support for Students How is staff related to
    students?
  • Support for Teachers How do teachers learn and
    related to each other?
  • Leadership How are we involved in using data for
    Continuous Improvement?

50
Table Teams
HSTW
  • Review your current status
  • Identify one outstanding practice
  • Determine 3-5 major actions for year 1
  • When you finish with year 1, go on to year 2 and 3

51
Next Steps - Today
  • Regroup into your focus teams
  • Take the charts with actions aimed at addressing
    your focus teams charge.
  • Hold first meeting
  • Determine date/time for next team meeting

52
Focus Teams
  • Select Chair
  • Select recorder
  • Select a team song--must relate to challenge
  • List 3-5 major actions for year one
  • Complete assigned section in planner
  • Complete pages 31-32 of planner
  • Return to large group for presentations of
    actions and team song

53
Focus Team Presentation Scoring Rubric
  1. Team selects a song
  2. Team song relates to Key Practice
  3. Team knows the words to the songs chorus
  4. Team performs song (or chorus) and shares results
    of team assignment on key practice

54
REMEMBER
  • All schools want to improve but few want to
    change. The fact remains that to improve one
    MUST change.
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