Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Appropriate staff selection, leadership, credentialing, and cooperation are critical to an academy’s success.
- Teacher Leader(s)/Coordinators
One teacher, (sometimes two), and a dedicated school administrator take the lead, serving as the Academy Coordinators. They attend advisory board meetings, interact with school administrators and board members, manage the budget, help to coordinate teacher professional development, and coordinate employer, higher education, and parental involvement. Release time and/or a stipend may be provided for this role.
- Academy staff
Academy staff are credentialed in their field, work in the academy, and are committed to its mission and goals. Since a career academy’s success rests on good teaching and teamwork among a cross disciplinary group of staff, they must be well qualified and willingly involved in this role. They understand and support the philosophy and purpose of the academy, work together as a team, and teach a majority of their classes in the academy. The academy staff design instruction and curriculum around a career theme and cooperatively share the duties of operating the academy.
- Support from the counselors, non-academy teachers, and classified staff
Counselors are members of the academy team, are well versed in the theme of their dedicated academy, and are experts in supporting post-secondary and career opportunities within the academy theme. They understand the need for cohort scheduling and ensure academy students are scheduled appropriately. Non-academy staff are also important to its operation. They understand the value of the academy and help in recruiting students for the academy and providing departmental support. Classified staff help support the academy facilities, equipment, and learning materials.