High Schools That Work Key Conditions
- An organizational structure and process ensuring continuous involvement by school administrators and teachers in planning strategies to achieve the key practices.
- A school principal with strong, effective leadership who supports, encourages, and actively participates with the faculty in implementing the key practices.
- A system superintendent and school board members who support administrators and teachers in carrying out the key practices. This commitment includes financial support for instructional materials, time for teachers to meet and plan together, and six to eight days per year of staff development on using the key practices to improve student learning.
- Leadership from the superintendent and school board to involve employers and postsecondary institutions in the design and implementation of a school-based and work-based program to prepare students for employment and postsecondary education.
- A commitment from the school board to support the school in replacing the general track with a more demanding academic core and either an academic or career/technical concentration.