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Licking County Educational Service Center

145 North Quentin Road (GPS Address: 621 Mount Vernon Road)

Newark, Ohio 43055

Phone: (740) 349-6084 | Fax: (740) 349-6107


The High Schools That Work Central Southeast Ohio Region is one of four regional offices that coordinates High Schools That Work (HSTW) and Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) school improvement activities in Ohio. The CSE Region serves potential and implementing sites in 25 counties.

High Schools That Work, the first large-scale national research-based school improvement effort, is based on implementation of ten key practices and key conditions. Ohio joined the national network in 1998 and opened its regional centers in 2000.  The related middle school initiative, Making Middle Grades Work, began in Ohio in 2002. While the philosophies of HSTW and MMGW are not unique, participation in the Ohio network provides a variety of benefits to schools. Through regional office support, sites are offered on-site coaching, participation in workshops at minimal cost (substitute costs only), and opportunities to collaborate and share best practices with other sites.  Additional resources are provided through printed materials, a state HSTW website, and the Southern Regional Education Board website.  A regional consultant assists each site in utilizing the site review report, the HSTW assessment and the MMGW survey data, and school and district data to establish priorities and evaluate progress.

 The HSTW CSE Region office works in partnership with sites to support what they are doing well and to offer suggestions/assistance for improvement.  We are aware of the variety of school improvement activities that are occurring in our schools and will collaborate with partners to provide coordinated services.  We invite you to explore this model to determine how it can benefit your district/school.  Check out our state website at:  For further information contact our office at 740.349.6098.

Joyce Odor, Regional Coordinator

Ohio HSTW CSE Region

c/o Licking County ESC

145 North Quentin Road

Newark, OH 43055




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