In the Spring of 2004, Pike-Lincoln Technical Center submitted
a proposal for and was awarded a High School That Work
(HSTW) grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education (DESE). DESE began awarding HSTW
grants in Missouri in 2001 and currently has nearly 70 sites in
the statewide network. Of this total, 9 are career and technical
centers like Pike-Lincoln Tech Center.
High Schools That Work is a whole-school, research
and assessment-based improvement initiative established by the
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta, GA in 1987.
It’s the nation’s largest and fastest-growing effort
to combine challenging academic courses and modern career/technical
studies to raise the achievement of high school students. More
than 1,200 HSTW sites in 31 states are using
the HSTW framework of goals and key practices
to raise student achievement. Simply stated, the HSTW
overall goal is to prepare students for careers and further education
by improving curriculum and instruction in high schools and middle
HSTW is based on the belief that most students
can master complex academic and technical concepts if schools
create an environment that encourages students to make the effort
to succeed. Member schools implement 10
Key Practices for changing what is expected of students, what
they are taught and how they are taught.
SREB provides member states and sites with staff development,
technical assistance, communications and publications, and assessment
services. The HSTW Assessment provides data on
students’ reading, mathematics and science achievement as
well as students’ and teachers’ opinions on high school
curriculum and instruction. The annual HSTW Summer
Staff Development Conference is a focal point for year-round professional
development. A team of Pike-Lincoln Tech instructors and administrators,
along with staff from many of our sending schools, has regularly
attended this valuable conference.
Presently, three of the seven high schools who send students
to Pike-Lincoln are members of the HSTW network.
They are: Bowling Green, Troy and Winfield.
Though Pike-Lincoln's grant ended in June 2009, the PLTC team
continues to work with our staff and our sending schools to implement
new HSTW strategies to increase the academic
achievement of all PLTC students.