Pictured left to right are Amy Ripato, Jessica Smitson and Kristin Depenbrock at High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference.
Pictured left to right are Amy Ripato, Jessica Smitson and Kristin Depenbrock at High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference.
Southern Hills Career and Technical Center was well represented at the Southern Region Educational Board’s annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference recently held in Charlotte, N.C.  

Nearly 5,000 teachers and principals from across the country gathered July 17-20 for workshops geared towards helping students graduate college and be career-ready.

Three teachers from Southern Hills, Jessica Smitson (language arts), Kristin Depenbrock (language arts) and Amy Ripato (special education), were selected to present one of those workshops on the Lexile Framework for Reading. They shared how SHCTC measures all students’ reading abilities four times a year and uses this information to differentiate instruction, to pair students with reading materials that match their abilities and interests and to increase academic rigor.



Over the past year and a half since this initiative has been in place at SHCTC, data shows that students’ literacy measures have improved.

Mrs. Smitson, Mrs. Depenbrock and Mrs. Ripato also had the opportunity to attend sessions presented by other top schools that focused on transitional courses for college readiness, powerful literacy and teaching tools for deeper learning, using technology in the classroom and high school pathways that engage students in rigorous academics, project-based learning and careers. They will be bringing back these new ideas, knowledge and resources to share with the staff and administration at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center for the new school year.