Success Academy has an excellent reputation for how it teaches its students. What many people may not know is it makes sure its teachers continue their education as well.
After all, if teachers continue to improve after they are hired by Success Academy, that is not only beneficial for the charter network’s students but for the teachers as well.
One of these programs is something called the Teacher Residency Program, which Success Academy runs to help its new teachers acclimatize to the Academy’s way of teaching. It teaches things like good classroom management skills, as well as provides opportunities for them to get the training and experience they need to reach their career goals.
People in the program are either qualified teachers that still need a little more experience before running a classroom of their own, or are people who have a background the Academy wants but may not have the education background necessary.
All of them are taught skills they will need in front of the classroom, and all are also able to observe other Success Academy teachers teaching to help them with their own classroom skills.
Teachers that spend long enough in the program eventually go on to be lead teachers in Success Academy schools. One of these is Joel Klein, a music teacher at Success Academy Union Square.
Klein always wanted to teach music but did not have the classroom experience most schools want when they hire a music teacher. So he used his Master’s degree in music education to get a job at Success Academy as an associate teacher, and then used the Teacher Residency Program to get the skills and experience he needed to become a music teacher.
Nowadays, he teaches music to students of all levels at Success Academy Union Square, and teaches it in a way that gives them self-confidence and a strong and growing belief in their own music abilities.
As Klein says, due to his extensive training at Success Academy, the way he is now able to teach music definitely benefits his students as well as instills in them a real love of music of all genres.