Professional Development and Continuous Learning

Professional Development and Continuous Learning

Since an academy places teachers and other adults into roles not normally included in their previous training, providing adequate professional development time, leadership, and support is critical.

Criteria

  1. Common planning time
    The site administrator ensures that academy staff are provided common planning time within the high school schedule for purposes of program coordination, curricular integration, business involvement, and resolution of student challenges.
     
  2. Professional development
    Experts from outside the high school provide academy staff (administrators, teachers, counselors, media specialists, etc.) with training in the academy structure, project-based learning, performance assessment, curricular integration, student support, and employer involvement.
     
  3. Volunteer and parent orientation
    Business, community, and post-secondary volunteers are adequately prepared for their roles as speakers, field experiences hosts, mentors, internship supervisors, etc. Parents are adequately prepared for their involvement, (if any), as classroom aides, field experience chaperones, social event organizers, and exhibition judges.