April 3, 2018
Career academies continue to grow across the Magnolia State, and one district has achieved national recognition for its academies. Madison County School District has two career academies that have earned model status, a prestigious marker from the National Career Academy Coalition. Model status indicates that the academy meets 10 rigorous standards of practice, which focus on having clearly defined goals and mission; support from community, district, and school leadership; appropriately prepared teachers, professional development, and curriculum; and established plans for sustainability.
The first district to achieve this status in Mississippi, Madison now has model academies in engineering and health sciences and is working toward this status for its other academies as well. In this episode, we first interview Edith Mitchell, associate superintendent; Aimee Brown, career and technical education and career academies director; Austin Brown, Madison Central High School principal; and Wesley Quick, Germantown High School principal to learn about the process for applying for model status and why this distinction is important to district leadership.
Next, we talk with several teachers and leaders in the Engineering Academy and Academy of Healthcare Excellence to hear their perspectives of how this influences classrooms and students: Michelle Robinson and Cam Olgletree, from Madison Central High School’s Academy of Engineering, and Ashley McClain, coordinator of Germantown High School’s Academy of Healthcare Excellence. Brent Brownlee, Germantown High School’s assistant principal joins in this conversation as well.
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