Governance and Leadership

Governance and Leadership

The academy has a governing structure that incorporates the explicit roles of all stakeholders and the leaders of the advisory board.

Criteria

  1. Network of support
    The academy is connected to an advisory board at the school level or the district level and has members from the district and high school administration, academy staff, employers and post secondary education. It may also include community representatives, academy parents, and students. The board incorporates viewpoints from all members. All educators participating on the board may or may not be voting members of the board.
     
  2. Regular meetings
    Meetings of the advisory board are held at least quarterly, with defined agendas, outcomes and meeting minutes. The advisory board helps to set policies for the academy. It also serves as a center of resource development.
     
  3. A healthy partnership
    Through both the advisory board and other interactions, there is evidence of a partnership between the academy/high school and its host community that recognizes both employers and school district's short and long term needs. Evidence exists that the advisory board is engaged and exhibits as much ownership of the academy as the staff does. There needs to be a set of by-laws or a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that clearly defines all roles.
     
  4. A student voice
    Students have avenues through which they can provide input to the academy policies and practices, thus providing opportunities for student leadership such as through Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).