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					            Technology Centers That Work:
             Using High Schools That Work Key
             Practices to Improve Academic and
                   Technical Achievement




                     Belinda McCharen
                    Heather Boggs Sass
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
               Technology Centers That Work
                       Background
             Origin of HSTW
             Effort-based school improvement
             Rigorous academic and quality CT
              curriculum
             Supportive relationship between
              students and adults
             Personal goals with a plan to achieve
             Common planning time and
Southern      professional development
Regional
Education
Board                             Brochure, page 1
                                                     SDW for CT   2
                  TCTW Key Practices

             Culture of           Challenging
              Continuous            Academic Studies
              Improvement
             Challenging          Active Engagement
              Program of Study     Teachers Working
             Challenging           Together
              Career/Technical
              Studies              Guidance and
             Work-based            Advisement
Southern      Learning             Extra Help and
Regional
Education    High Expectations     Transitions
Board
                                   Brochure, pages 2-4
                                                         SDW for CT   3
            What are the goals of your
            career and technology center?




Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                       SDW for CT   4
                       TCTW Goals

             Increase to 85 percent the percentages of
              CT students who meet career and college-
              readiness goals in reading, mathematics
              and science.


             Increase the percentages of technology
              center graduates who complete a CT
              concentration and enter employment within
Southern      the field for which they were prepared and
Regional
Education
              who enter postsecondary studies.
Board
                                                  SDW for CT   5
                       TCTW Goals
             Increase to 95 percent the percentages
              of high school students who enter the
              technology center in grade 11 and
              graduate on time.
             Advance policies and leadership
              initiatives that sustain a continuous
              school improvement effort.
             Work with middle schools to use EPAS
              assessments to guide students in
              creating programs of study that prepare
Southern
Regional
              students for high school and
Education     technology center.
Board
                                               SDW for CT   6
                        TCTW Goals
             Increase annually the percentage of students
              leaving the technology center with
              postsecondary credit or having met standards
              for postsecondary studies.
             Work with the high schools to annually
              increase the percentage of students entering
              technology centers prepared to earn college
              credit based on PLAN test scores.
             Increase annually the percentage of
              graduates that pass an improved employers
Southern      exam. (National licensure, state
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Education
              exam/credential, etc., such as ASE)
Board
                                                   SDW for CT   7
             Technology Centers That Work
                   Key Conditions:
             A clear, functional mission
              statement
             Strong leadership
             Plan for continuous improvement
             Qualified teachers
             Commitment to goals
             Flexible scheduling
Southern
Regional
             Support for professional
Education
Board
              development        Brochure, page 4
                                             SDW for CT   8
            Why Technology
            Centers That Work?



Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                 SDW for CT   9
                Perkins IV Emphasis
             Add value to academic achievement
             Highlight career clusters and programs
              of study
             Provide training for new careers, even
              those requiring a college degree
             Change the current structure of
              support for CT teachers (Staff Dev.)
             Align to college and career readiness
Southern
Regional      standards
Education
Board        Train for high skill, high wage jobs
                                             SDW for CT   10
            Technology Centers That Work


             What do employers and/or
              postsecondary institutions
              expect of graduates from
              technology centers?



Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                           SDW for CT   11
              Skills Ranked Highly by
                     Employers


             Professionalism / Work Ethic (80%)
             Teamwork / Collaboration (74%)
             Oral Communications (70%)
             Ethics / Social Responsibility (63%)
             Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
              (58%)
             Information Technology Application
Southern
Regional      (53%)
Education
Board
                                               SDW for CT   12
             Skills Ranked Highly by
                    Employers

             Written Communication (53%)
             Diversity (52%)
             Lifelong Learning / Self Direction
              (43%)
             Creativity / Innovation (36%)
             Leadership (29%)


Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                              SDW for CT   13
                 Emphasis on Applied Skills—
                    Where Do We Stand?

            Students have worked with one or more
            students in their class on a challenging science   64%
            assignment at least monthly.
            Students analyzed works of literature in class
                                                               57
            at least monthly.

            Students often tried to do their best work in
                                                               55
            school.

            Students have drafted, rewritten and edited
            writing assignments before they were given a       52
            grade at least monthly.
            Students stood before the class and made an
Southern    oral presentation on a project or assignment to
                                                               37
Regional    meet specific requirements of quality at least
Education   monthly.
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                                                               SDW for CT   14
                Emphasis on Applied Skills—
                   Where Do We Stand?

            Students have often been part of a team
                                                      41%
            or small group in class.

            Students have often revised their
            essays or other written work several      36
            times to improve their quality.
            Students have orally defended a
            process they used to solve a              29
            mathematics problem at least monthly.
            Students often had to develop and
            analyze tables, charts and graphs in      28
Southern    their school work.
Regional
Education
Board
                                                            SDW for CT   15
             Comparison of Most-Improved
             and Non- Improved CT Centers

             Similar size and ethnicity
             Similar locations – urban,
              suburban, rural
             Similar parent education
             Different progress in
              implementation and achievement
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                        SDW for CT   16
             Implementation Differences Result in
                  Achievement Differences


                              OH High        OH Low       Career
                             Implement      Implement    Readiness
                             CT Centers     CT Centers     Goal



            Reading             287           275          279
            Mathematics         304           293          297

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            Science             302           290          299
Regional
Education
Board        Source: 2006 HSTW Assessment
                                                           SDW for CT   17
                    Percent Meeting Reading
                Performance Goal by Sub-groups

                                             OH High    OH Low
            Reading                         Implement Implement
                                            CT Centers CT Centers
            Minority                           49%         46%
            White                              66          44
            Low parent education               58          41
            High parent education              70          48
            Goal                               85          85
Southern
Regional
Education
Board        Source: 2006 HSTW Assessment
                                                          SDW for CT   18
                 Percent Meeting Mathematics
                Performance Goal by Sub-groups

                                             OH High    OH Low
            Mathematics                     Implement Implement
                                            CT Centers CT Centers
            Minority                           52%         46%
            White                              66          49
            Low parent education               58          46
            High parent education              70          52
            Goal                               85          85
Southern
Regional
Education
Board        Source: 2006 HSTW Assessment
                                                          SDW for CT   19
                 Key Question

               Why do students at most-
              improved CT centers make
             greater gains in achievement
            than students at non-improved
                       centers?


Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                       SDW for CT   20
            Supporting Whole Campus
            Change

             Literacy
             Curriculum Alignment
               Alignment to industry and post-secondary readiness
                standards

             Transitions
             Guidance (Building a Bridge from
              feeder schools)
             Evaluation/Assessment Data
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                                              SDW for CT   21
            How One State Implemented
            TCTW--Oklahoma

             Invited participation
             Site development workshop critical
                Assumed too much knowledge of
                 key practices
             State MOU for expectations and
              funding
             State commitment to technical
              assistance
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                             SDW for CT   22
            What significant changes in
            school and classroom
            practices did TCTW sites
            make?

             Focus on literacy
             Use of data
             Effective instruction strategies
               Not focused on technical
                content
Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                            SDW for CT   23
            Results from TCTW
            Implementation

             Greater commitment to quality
             Improved communication with
              partner high schools
             Greater importance of data


Southern
Regional
Education
Board
                                          SDW for CT   24
            How To Get Involved


               Alabama (15)             New Jersey (3)
               Arkansas (9)             Oklahoma (8)
               Kentucky (10)            Pennsylvania (8)
               Missouri (6)             Louisiana (1)


                State CT directors
                Proposed services
Southern
Regional        Contact Ann Benson at gben@brightok.net
Education
Board
                                                         SDW for CT   25

				
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