Richmond Experiential Academy R.E.A.
Professional Development
Seminars for teachers
Technology
Mentor Teachers
Pair new teachers with more experienced teachers to guide them
Annual Evaluations
Once a year for teachers with 6+ years of experience
Provide resources for teacher improvement
Twice a year for teachers with 0-5 years of experience
Community Involvement
Trends in Education
Assessment
Informal
Group work
Portfolios
Progress based-- shows improvement over all four years
Class participation
Curriculum & Instruction
Experiential Learning
Virginia Standards of Learning
Mini-lessons
Problem Based Projects
Year Long Grade Wide Projects
Freshman: Math Sophmore: History Junior: Science Senior: English
Dual Enrollment
Collaborative and cooperative group learning
Community Involvement
Volunteer work
Field trips
For example, seniors will spend all year writing and researching persuasive speeches that they will present in a public forum at the end of the school year.
Using community resources for educational purposes
Real world connections that are relevant to students' interest and personal lives
Funding
Private donations
Local businesses
Federal Government
Local Government
Property tax
Product Rights
Personal Income Tax
State Government
Sales Tax
Lotteries
Grants
User fees & special taxes
Charter School Programs State Educational Grant
Differentiated instruction
Special education
Inclusion Classes
Co-teaching
Tailored to students' learning styles
Verizon Foundation Grant to Support Literacy, Education, and Technology
Community outreach
Learning Environments
100 Students
Small Classes
Comfortable and engaging
Classrooms include lecture space and lab/collaboration spaces
Group work
Social
Focused on technology
Smart boards
Computers in classrooms
Students are able to incorporate familiar technology in their classes
iPads
Building communication skills
Collaboration between teachers
Short teacher-lead lectures
SOLs
Formal
Tests & quizzes
Projects
Papers