Ohio wins SREB’s State Leadership Award


The Ohio Department of Education received the 2019 State Leadership Award from the Southern Regional Education Board for its efforts to create a leadership system for continuous improvement. The state was honored at SREB’s Making Schools Work Conference on July 11 in Baltimore, Maryland. SREB’s State Leadership Award recognizes states that have established continuous improvement structures and processes that help schools transform their school and classroom practices, establish and sustain change, and increase student achievement.
Ohio sets the standard for supporting schools implementing SREB’s school improvement designs for the middle grades, high schools and shared- or full-time technology centers. Known as Making Middle Grades Work, High Schools That Work and Technology Centers That Work, these designs are grounded in research showing that increased achievement starts with motivating students to succeed.
Ohio established four regional High Schools That Work offices to provide ongoing professional development and support to schools that join the state’s High Schools That Work network. The Ohio Department of Education and regional High Schools That Work offices work closely with network schools to support implementation of High Schools That Work key practices.
The state also expanded access to SREB’s STEM-intensive, college-preparatory Advanced Career curricula by partnering with SREB to develop two Advanced Career pathways in Automated Materials Joining Technology and Health Informatics. High schools and technology centers across the state offer Advanced Career programs.