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. These 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. Historically, most Teacher Academies have been taught as a Careers in Education (CIE) course, funded through the Careers & Technical Education (CTE) program. CIE courses must be taught by a CTE certified teacher to be eligible for CTE funding. 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). CTE-specific resources are available on the curriculum website here.
Alternatively, your district may choose to support your teacher academy using another monetary vehicle if that is preferred or if your Teacher Academy teacher is not CTE certified (e.g., Title or grant funding). Districts may also use their own funding, understanding that grow-you-own programs are an investment in their students and in the future of the district.