Ohio High Schools That Work KEY Practices

HSTW schools implement 10 key practices to prepare students to graduate on time and thrive in postsecondary studies, careers and a changing global marketplace:

High Expectations

Create a culture of high expectations in every classroom and throughout the school.
MMGW – High Expectations

Programs of Study

Ensure each student develops and completes a personalized program of study that leads to postsecondary and career success.
MMGW – Aligned Curriculum

Integrated Curriculum

Teach academic content through the lens of real-world problems and projects.
MMGW – Literacy: Balanced Math; Inquiry-Based STEM Studies

Access and Equity

Ensure that all students, including underrepresented and nontraditional students, have access to high-quality career pathways.
MMGW – Culture of High Expectations

Student Engagement

Use research-based instructional strategies and innovative technology practices to engage each student.
MMGW – Engaging Each Student in Career Exploration

Teacher Collaboration

Provide teams of teachers with the training, time and support they need to work together to improve instruction.

Work-Based Learning

Provide each student with a continuum of real-world learning experiences that connect classroom and workplace learning.
MMGW – Engaging Each Student in Career Exploration

Guidance and Advisement

Offer guidance and advisement that empower students to pursue a full range of career and college options after high school.
MMGW – Comprehensive System of Guidance

Interventions and Enrichments

Provide students with the extra help or accelerated learning strategies they need to graduate college and be career ready.
MMGW – Systems of Support and Enrichment

Culture of Continuous Improvement

Engage the whole school community in continuously using data to identify problems and develop plans to solve them.
MMGW – Culture of Continuous Improvement

Empower your teachers, challenge your students, and improve your school culture!

Ohio is recognized by SREB as a leader in implementing HSTW/MMGW

  • 46 Pacesetter sites
  • 30 Gold Improvement Awards
  • 20 Gold Achievement Awards
  • 12 Platinum Achievement Awards
  • 2019 State Leadership Award
  • 2016 Outstanding State Participation in Advance Careers

What our participants say:
“This structure challenges us to shift our school culture to one of high expectations for both students and staff.”

“We knew we had to change, and these models allow us to be active participants.”

“We gained valuable insight from other schools.”

Over 260 sites – 4 Regional offices providing support services and resources.

Benefits of Participating

  • Fostered teamwork and collaboration
  • Access to a variety of professional development opportunities
  • Networking with other schools
  • On-site coaching
  • Numerous resources

The Cost for Participating

Ohio HSTW provides many services and resources with no or minimal cost. Schools are asked to commit the time and effort to bring about the necessary changes to be successful. This often involves changing the way schools “do business” rather than adding more work. As a support organization, Ohio HSTW functions as a partner in advancing school success, not as an evaluator.

Contact your school region to join or find out more:

Central/SE Ohio

NE Ohio

NW Ohio

SW Ohio

Ohio Department of Education

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