Technology Centers that Work: Strategies and Benefits
SREB works in cooperation with states, local school system leaders and participating business and industry leaders to
provide a variety of services to members of the state network. These services are aimed at helping schools raise students'
academic and technical achievement and improve graduation rates:
- Provide coaching and professional learning services to network schools.
- Provide a range of publications and informational materials (including guides, newsletters, policy reports and progress reports) to support state and school efforts.
- Conduct assessments and surveys, including the biennial HSTW Assessment, the TCTW Teacher Survey, and a follow-up survey of TCTW graduates.
- Facilitate annually one statewide Site Development Workshop (SDW) to introduce teams from new schools to the TCTW model, while providing an opportunity to assess current progress.
- Support collaboration among centers within the state network.
Benefits of the Consortium
- Students gain increased academic and career/technical knowledge and skills. TCTW shows students the connection between high school studies and their futures and encourages them to prepare for the next step, which often combines work and further study.
- Parents become partners in studentsí education as they participate in planning studentsí programs of study in making decisions about postsecondary and career options.
- Teachers gain confidence in their abilities to help all students complete challenging studies. They work together to create more rigorous instruction and plan professional development activities aimed at raising student achievement.
- Technology Center administrators strengthen their leadership skills and new techniques for scheduling, staffing and offering a high-quality curriculum to all students.
- Schools receive data to identify what is needed to improve student achievement. The information becomes the basis of an action plan to focus faculty and administration on making needed changes. TCTW results in improved communication between the high school and employers, and between the high school and postsecondary education.
- States acquire new long-term strategies for working with the shared-time centers to support local school systems as they strive to improve the middle grades and high schools.
- The community, state and nation benefit from improved achievement of America's future employees. More students remain in school and pursue education and training after high school. TCTW increases studentsí earning potential and raise the bar of achievement for everyone.