Technology Centers That Work (TCTW)
Camdenton Schools place a great emphasis on the post-secondary development of each of our near 4,300 students. After examining the rigors of MSIP 5, it is the desire of the secondary administrative team and committees from CHS, CMS, LCTC, and support from ORI to become associated with the SREB to increase our students’ focus on life after high school, whether that is college, technical college, or the work force. We feel that it is our duty to our patrons to provide a high quality education while integrating vocational practices into our students’ plan of study.
HSTW/MMGW/TCTW schools use an all hands on deck approach to preparing all students for life after high school. Their concepts work regardless of current or future standards based on using high expectations and follow through to insure that every student reaches their potential.
TCTW Goals/Conditions for Continuous Improvement
- The mission of TCTW is to create a culture of high expectations that motivates students to make the effort to succeed in school. To achieve this mission, TCTW has set several goals for continuous improvement:
- Increase the percentage of career-technical (CT) students who meet college- and career-readiness goals to at least 85 percent.
- Increase the percentages of technology center graduates who complete a career/technical concentration and enter postsecondary studies or employment within the field for which they were prepared.
- Increase the percentage of high school students who enter the technology center and graduate on time to 95 percent.
- Advance state and local policies and leadership initiatives that sustain a continuous school improvement effort.
- Work with middle grades schools to guide students in creating programs of study that consist of courses that prepare students for high school and technology center courses.
- Increase annually the percentage of students leaving the technology center with postsecondary credit or having met standards for postsecondary studies.
- Increase annually the percentage of technology center high school graduates that pass an approved industry certification examination.
TCTW Goals/Conditions for Accelerating Student Achievement
- TCTW believes everyone — teacher, school, district, local and state leaders — must work together to create the conditions in which student achievement, graduation rates and school culture can improve. To achieve this, schools and districts should do the following:
- Create a clear, functional mission statement to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and the workplace.
- Develop strong, committed leaders to improve the quality of instruction and raise student achievement in grades nine through adulthood.
- Plan an organizational structure and process that ensures continuous involvement with faculty on what to teach; how to teach it; what students are expected to learn; how to assess what they have learned; and how faculty relate to each other, to the students and to the home high school, family and community.
- Have qualified teachers with in-depth knowledge of their program/content areas and of teaching strategies appropriate to students' needs for success. Alternatively certified technology center teachers lacking certification in their content areas should be supported by the technology center to acquire them.
- Commit to achieving and implementing the TCTW Goals and Key Practices and having all students complete a career-technical concentration and rigorous academic core.
- Work with home high schools to adopt flexible schedules, enabling students to attend technology centers, earn college credit and certifications, and complete an upgraded academic core.
- Support teachers with instructional materials, planning time, and professional development for implementing new curricula and research-based instructional methods.
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