Scott Habeeb, Making Learning a Constant, Not a Variable

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices.



Scott Habeeb, Principal of Salem High School in Salem, Virginia, joins us to discuss how a design-forward focus is helping students to discover themselves through the school’s Interest Pathways program. Scott highly values student ownership and the development of soft skills while individualizing learning to meet each student’s academic needs. Listen in to hear his take on innovating first and asking for permission later when it is in the best interests of students.



About Scott Habeeb


After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1997 with a BA in History and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Scott began his teaching career at Salem High School (Salem City), where he taught Modern World History and coached Football and Tennis. In 2004, Scott moved into the role of Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, also at Salem High School. His duties in that role included, among others, overseeing Salem’s Freshman Transition Program, overseeing its Dual Enrollment relationship with Virginia Western Community College, and creating the school’s Master Schedule. Currently, Scott is in his 5th year serving in the role of Principal of Salem High School.


Outside of his duties at Salem High School, Scott regularly speaks at schools, school divisions, and conferences across the country. Most commonly, he speaks about Freshman Transition, Formative Assessment, Standards Based Learning, and his favorite topic, Going Beyond the Content to inspire and motivate students.


Scott is the author or co-author of several articles and a book called The Ninth Grade Opportunity: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up. You can also see more of his work at Go Beyond the Content and The Assessment Network.



About Salem City Schools


Salem City Schools is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment where ALL STUDENTS acquire the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to become successful and responsible citizens. The district is similarly committed to personalizing and providing a variety of educational, extracurricular, and social opportunities so that every student will be equipped with the skills necessary to communicate, collaborate, problem-solve, and think critically and creatively, to be successful in career paths and continued education.


Core Values

  • Committed to excellence in all it does

  • Believe that all children are important and can be successful

  • Believe student success is a shared responsibility among schools, parents, and community partners

  • Recognize and value individual differences among staff and students

  • Believe students learn best in a safe and disciplined environment provided by caring and respectful adults

  • Committed to providing employees with an excellent work environment


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