SCHOOLS THAT WORK
TEN KEY PRACTICES
Schools That Work ( HSTW ) has identified a set of Key Practices
that impact student achievement through development of multiple programs of
study that prepare students for postsecondary studies and careers. These Key
Practices provide direction and meaning to comprehensive school improvement:
1. High Expectations
Motivate more students to meet higher standards by integrating high expectations
into classroom practices and providing frequent feedback.
Require each student to complete an upgraded academic core and a concentration.
Teach more students the essential concepts of the college-preparatory curriculum
by encouraging them to apply academic content and skills to real-world problems
Provide more students access to intellectually challenging career/technical
studies in high-demand fields that emphasize the higher-level academic and problem-solving
skills needed in the workplace and in further education.
Enable students and their parents to choose from programs that integrate challenging
high school studies and work-based learning and are planned by educators, employers
Provide cross-disciplinary teams of teachers time and support to work together
to help students succeed in challenging academic and career/technical studies.
Engage students in academic and career/technical classrooms in rigorous and
challenging proficient-level assignments using research-based instructional
strategies and technology.
Involve students and their parents in a guidance and advisement system that
develops positive relationships and ensures completion of an accelerated program
of study with an academic or career/technical concentration.
Provide a structured system of extra help to assist students in completing accelerated
programs of study with high-level academic and technical content.
10. Culture of continuous
Use data continually to improve school culture, organization, management, curriculum
and instruction to advance student learning.
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