Welcome to Ohio Making Schools Work!

Ohio High Schools That Work (HSTW) is now Ohio Making Schools Work, a national K-12 comprehensive school improvement model.  Making Schools Work is based on the High Schools That Work, Making Middle Grades Work and elementary school ten key practices and five focus areas that improve student success from kindergarden through high school in preparation for work, careers, and further education. Ohio’s four regional centers provide services to 260+ high schools, middle schools, career centers and elementary and intermediate schools.

Conferences/Workshops:   SAVE THE DATES!

  • Making Schools Work Conference, July 2023 – Orlando, FL  Register Now!
  • Ohio School Improvement Institute, November 2023 Details coming soon!

Spotlight on Educators in the Workplace: See what is happening in NW Ohio


Meet Dennis Haft, our Making Schools Work State Coordinator!

Dennis has a diverse background in public education as a classroom teacher, building administrator and most recently  a district superintendent. He fully supports the goals of High Schools That Work around creating high expectations and multiple pathways for all students.  Dennis works for the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Graduate Success.



Ohio 2023 Gene Bottoms Making Schools Work Pacesetter Award Winners

  • Athens High School
  • Green High School
  • Penta Career Center
  • Southern Hills Career Center
  • Talawanda High School
  • West Clermont High School
  • Clermont Northeastern Middle School
  • Wellston Middle School
  • McKinley STEM Academy
  • Warrensville Heights Elementary

These schools will be recognized at the July 2023 Making Schools Work Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Ohio Making Schools Work 2022 National Blue Ribbon School

Lynchburg – Clay Elementary School

Congratulations, Debra Schneider!
2022 SREB Change Champion Award Recipient

Debra Schneider received the Change Champion award from SREB at the Coaching for Change Conference in Atlanta on May 26. Debra is a HSTW coach in the NW Ohio region and coaches Penta Career Center, a SREB Pacesetter Award Winner site.

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