A team of educators from Pickaway-Ross traveled to Atlanta, Ga., July 15-18 to present at the 29th annual High Schools That Work (HSTW) national conference.
The theme of the conference was How to Become a High-Performing School. The team consisted of Verdie William, math instructor; Scott Snyder, VOSE coordinator; and Dana Anderson, Special Services supervisor.
Making Time for Student Success was the title of the presentation that focused on strategies used by the district to maximize the use of instructional time by implementing revised schedules, extra help venues and teaching strategies to increase student buy-in of their learning and improved achievement.
Using data from the HSTW student and staff surveys, the district has seen gains in the amount of extra help students receive, active participation by students in class, and an increase in reading during class. The survey also indicated that the district has had a 20 percent increase of teacher collaboration to align assignments to college and career-ready levels. Students reporting that they had challenging assignments in their technical classes at least monthly increased from 68 percent in 2012 to 81 percent in 2014.
Pickaway-Ross CTC is in its fifth year of school improvement using the HSTW framework.
Other staff members who attended the conference were Chris Cecil, science instructor, and Tim Vollet, curriculum specialist.