Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding careers a person can choose. Teaching students how to be a teacher is even more rewarding.
Being a Teacher Academy teacher means being more than just an instructor. Those teachers are mentors, advocates, role models and cheerleaders. A Teacher Academy classroom is one-of-a-kind in a building, and requires a one-of-a-kind teacher.
Identify the right teacher
Recruiting and retaining exceptional teachers to coordinate and teach the academy is essential to its success. In order to identify the right teacher, consider if he or she is able to do the following:
- recruit and retain students from a diversity of groups within the school;
- create wrap-around programmatic services designed to support those diverse students;
- collaborate with building leaders to leverage existing supports;
- coordinate, organize, and/or create relevant leadership opportunities designed to extend classroom learning;
- understand and implement classroom strategies that meet the needs of diverse learners;
- link to and embed academic advising and college access information into their courses;
- demonstrate appropriate and current knowledge and skills about a career in education; and
- convey a passion to be a role model for future teachers who will work to eliminate the opportunity gap.
Determine the funding vehicle
Once you have identified the right teacher, the next step is to determine the vehicle that you will use to fund the Teacher Academy program.
Most teacher academies have been taught as a Careers in Education (CIE) course, funded through the Careers & Technical Education (CTE) program. CIE courses are traditionally taught by CTE-Family & Consumer Science teachers. However, with district approval, CIE courses can be taught by CTE teachers who specialize in other areas as well. If your teacher is already certified in CTE, then you may decide to use CTE funding towards your academy. If your teacher is not certified in CTE, but has an interest in becoming CTE-certified, he or she may complete a modulated/accelerated Business & Industry route (see our listing of approved CTE-B&I programs).
Alternatively, you may choose to fund your academy using a vehicle other than CTE if other options are available (e.g., Title funding).
For more information, please contact PESB