2013 Preconference Sessions


Dave Shepard

Avoiding Classroom Comas

What do you do when faced with blank stares, nodding heads, and day-dreaming minds? Exceptional educators know that all students must be actively engaged in order to reach their maximum potential. Research shows that all students have a high need to be active learners, not passive sponges. This session will outline and demonstrate 20+ strategies that will get students out of their seats and engaged. Many “I’ll try that on Monday” ideas will be the shared as the primary focus.


Lois Barnes

The Five HSTW Priorities: Leadership’s Role

High Schools That Work has 10 Key Practices that guide the improvement efforts in schools.  Each year, SREB analyzes the data on schools from across the network to determine what we consider HSTW Priorities for the year. In 2013-2014, HSTW priorities for improvement focus on quality – CTE programs, instruction, advisement, teachers working together and leadership.  This three-hour pre-conference, is designed for HSTW/TCTW school leadership teams and leadership teams from schools interested in learning more about how the HSTW five priorities can be translated into school and classroom practices that support students’ graduating from high school ready for college and careers.

The HSTW Priorities are:

  1. Prepare students for both postsecondary study and work through course pathways that include college-ready academics and rigorous enhanced Career Technical courses in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand areas that lead to a range of options after high school including work, advanced training and college.
  2. Empower teachers with tools and resources to effectively teach disciplinary content and move College and Career Readiness State Standards into the classroom, redesign ninth grade and develop senior transition courses.
  3. Implement structures and practices that provide time and purpose for cross-disciplinary teams of teachers to collaborate to improve teaching and learning.
  4. Ensure all students receive guidance and advisement that helps them develop an understanding of their career interests and aptitudes; learn about career opportunities, career options and the required level of preparation; and learn the habits of success for school, life, and the workplace.
  5. Prepare school and teacher leaders with a keen knowledge of effective instruction and implement structures and practices that support teachers to continuously improve their practice of teaching.