Ohio Implements SREB's HSTW Model and Establishes Regional Offices. In 1997, Ohio implemented the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) High Schools That Work (HSTW) model, joining a national network spanning over 1,200 schools across 30 states and D.C. The following year, regional offices were established, with the NE Ohio region emerging as a key player in the state's educational reform. Working with the Ohio Department of Education, the HSTW NE Ohio region expanded its K-12 network from 13 to 291 schools by 2023, focusing on enhancing student achievement and preparing students for post-secondary and workforce success.


Transition to MSW NEO and Achievement. In 2022, the HSTW NE Ohio Region rebranded to Making Schools Work NEO (MSW NEO), broadening its focus to K-12 education and aligning with the SREB's framework under ODE and SREB guidance. This year marked the 23rd anniversary of Ohio MSW hosting the Ohio School Improvement Institute conference, the state's longest-running school improvement event. The organization was honored with the SREB State-Leadership Award for its effective implementation of the MSW framework and for supporting 65 Ohio schools, including the first two elementary schools nationally, in earning the SREB National Pacesetter Award from 2007 to 2023.


Making Schools Work NEO's Transition to a 501(c)3 Non-Profit. In 2023, Making Schools Work NEO (MSW NEO) celebrated a new era, transitioning from a state-funded entity to an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Originating from the HSTW Ohio Network, established in 2003 to support HSTW/MSW NEO, this organization has been pivotal in engaging its network of K-12 schools with even more robust school improvement efforts. MSW NEO's transformation allows for expanded reach and impact. Now operating independently from state funding, MSW NEO continues to provide premier educational opportunities and support to its network of 71 schools, building on a legacy of enhancing academic excellence and innovation across Ohio.