Penta Career Center recently won a Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award from the Southern Regional Education Board.
Teachers and administrators were on hand in July to accept the award during SREB’s Annual High Schools That Work (HSTW) Staff Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.
“We are very honored to receive this award from the SREB,” says Ronald Matter, superintendent of Penta Career Center. “Over the years, our staff has worked collaboratively to transform our professional development opportunities. We feel this approach has led to staff ownership of their professional development and an increase in students’ownership of their learning.”
Penta was recognized for using key practices to transform teaching and learning and motivate students to succeed in college, careers and life. The school adopted an individualized, teacher-led approach to professional development. Penta was only one of seven school districts across the United States and the only school in Ohio to earn this award.
Penta has been using the HSTW school improvement model through SREB since 2003. HSTW is nationally recognized for its effectiveness and is the nation’s largest school improvement initiative.