Woodward Career Technical High School has earned the distinction of accreditation by AdvancEd, the largest community of education professionals in the world providing continuous improvement and accreditation services to over 32,000 institutions worldwide. Accreditation is based on external, onsite reviews that determine the extent to which schools provide the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure that learners realize their full potential.
AdvancEd’s review of Woodward focused on its impact on teaching and learning, the capacity of leadership, and use of resources at the school. The review uncovered the following promising practices Woodward is employing to ensure that students graduate on time and prepared to meet the challenges of the real world:
- Teachers are provided multiple opportunities for participation in learning communities, which share information that improves instruction and the quality of student learning.
- The administration has created and implemented many programs, committees and teams to support and improve instruction across all grade levels.
- The school provides multiple creative opportunities for parent and community engagement.
- The leadership team has established and implements a strong and systemic data evaluation program, which leads to improvement in student learning.
- School staff and support personnel passionately coach and mentor students in support of all physical, social and emotional needs.
- Students and staff actively participate in a variety of tutoring, mentoring and career/educational planning activities before and after school to support student learning.
“We are very proud to have earned this distinction and I credit the efforts of our students, teachers and parents who have worked collaboratively to ensure better outcomes for our students,” said Shauna Murphy, principal of Woodward. “Through our district’s My Tomorrow initiative, we have been fortunate to receive both the resources and guidance needed to move the education program at Woodward to the next level of greatness.”