EVALUATION OF EIGHT CAREER ACADEMIES/SMALLER LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Putnam/ Northern Westchester BOCES
This is the evaluation for eight career academies/small learning communities in the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. The team from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) spent four days assessing the academies. Team members were Rick Delano and Sandy Mittelsteadt. Each academy introduced the evaluators to their team members, students and parents and also discussed documentation of their academy achievements via notebooks using the Smaller Learning Communities Document. The evaluation was based on the evaluation document centered on the National Standards of Practice (NSOP) for smaller learning communities. The NSOP defines what components a standard smaller learning community/career academy should have for success.
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES offers a wide array of learning opportunities to students who want to both develop career skills and earn college credits. The eight academies/small learning communities evaluated offer academic subjects such as English, math, science, social studies and P.E. Academy students may attend for one or two years, from two to four hours a day. Successful graduates may obtain certification and/or a Regents Diploma with Technical Endorsement.
The eight evaluated career academies were outstanding programs with competent, enthusiastic and dedicated team members. It was obvious in each academy that students are a priority. All academies could be described as supportive smaller learning communities that personalized the education for each student. These eight academies are a model for curriculum integration: integration between career and technical with academics, intra-curriculum integration within the different pathways of the academy and inter- curriculum integration between the academies. In fact, the curriculum integration within the Tech Center at Yorktown is the best that the evaluators have ever witnessed in all the academies they have visited.
The evaluations determined that the eight academies exceeded the expectations of the National Standards of Practice and would be considered model career academies.
Commendations for all academies/smaller learning communities:
The evaluator team commends the BOCES for:
ºBetween career and technical and academics.
ºIntra-curriculum integration within the different pathways of the academy.
ºInter-curriculum integration between the academies, such as the Fashion
Recommendations for all academies/smaller learning communities:
The evaluator team recommends that: