Faculty Professional Development at Cary Academy

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Faculty Professional Development at Cary Academy

FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT CARY ACADEMYCary Academy believes that a comprehensive and vibrant program of professional development is essential to ourmission as a learning community committed to discovery, innovation, collaboration and excellence. This documenthighlights some of the key components of our professional development program for faculty.Cary Academy Faculty Evaluation and Professional Development PlanAll teaching faculty participate in the Faculty Evaluation and Professional Development Plan, a program designed toprovide classroom instructors with regular and thorough feedback about their performance and to guide them inestablishing meaningful professional growth goals. Under this plan, faculty are evaluated annually in each of their fourmajor areas of responsibility: teaching, advising, extracurricular leadership and involvement in the Cary Academycommunity. Faculty also engage in a formal goal-setting process that is intended to align individual needs and aspirationswith the larger aims of the department and/or the division and provide the school with direction in planning its facultytraining weeks.Faculty Training WeeksCary Academy is committed to providing faculty with large blocks of time during the year for planning and professionalgrowth. These blocks include 5 days of orientation for new faculty during the first week of August, followed by 7 days ofplanning and training for all faculty in preparation for the start of school. In addition, the school provides 5 consecutivedays of planning and training time between trimesters in November and again in March. Department heads and gradelevelleaders work with the Dean of Faculty and the Division Heads to plan the programming for each of these extendedtraining periods.Guest SpeakersCary Academy endeavors to bring prominent educators and professionals in related fields to campus for presentationsand small group seminars. Past speakers have included Grant Wiggins, recognized for his curriculum reform work;Michael Thompson, author of books such as Raising Cain; Rob Evans, an authority on the changing nature ofindependent school culture; and Wilkie Wilson of Duke Medical School, an acknowledged authority on brain developmentin children and adolescents.New Faculty Mentoring ProgramEvery new faculty member is assigned a mentor during his/her first year at Cary Academy as part of the school's inductionprogram for new employees. The mentoring system provides both experienced teachers and those who are justbeginning their careers with needed information, advice and support during their first year at our school.Annual Professional Development FundingDivision Heads have a budget set aside each year to support faculty in activities such as attending a conference orworkshop, taking a non-degree course or developing a new course. Faculty interested in receiving this funding are askedto contact their Division Head with information about the activity they wish to pursue.Collaboration FundingThe Head of School has a budget set aside each year to support faculty who present at a conference or aworkshop. Faculty wishing to apply for this funding are asked to contact the Head of School with information about theconference or workshop and a copy of the accepted presentation proposal.Under certain circumstances, SASinSchool, the educational division of SAS Institute, may also provide partial funding forfaculty who present at conferences and reference SASinSchool products. Faculty are asked to confer with the Dean ofFaculty before approaching SASinSchool.National Board Certification Support ProgramCary Academy believes that the process of becoming a nationally certified teacher includes a significant degree of selfreflection,self-assessment, and objective measures of one's content and pedagogical base and is therefore an effectivemeans of professional growth. Accordingly, Cary Academy provides financial support to faculty seeking National BoardCertification in the following manner: Faculty must have completed three full years of teaching at Cary Academy in order to be eligible for this benefit. The faculty member pays the initial $300 registration fee for National Board Certification. When the balance of the registration fee becomes due, the faculty member pays $500 (can be done interest-free viapayroll deduction over 12 months), and Cary Academy pays the remainder. When the faculty member receives National Board Certification, Cary Academy reimburses the faculty member $500.Faculty are responsible for the cost of redoing parts of the certification process to improve their scores.Should the faculty member not receive National Board Certification within two years of the registration date, thefaculty member will be responsible for reimbursing Cary Academy $1000 (can be done interest-free via payrolldeduction over 12 months).


If the faculty member leaves Cary Academy less than two academic years following the close of the academic year inwhich they received certification, the faculty member must reimburse Cary Academy $1000.Faculty who wish to apply for this benefit are asked to contact the Dean of Faculty with a completed National BoardCertification registration form and a paragraph explaining their interest in the certification.Graduate Tuition Assistance ProgramFull-time faculty who are enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program or are pursuing or renewing professionalcertification may apply for tuition reimbursement in accordance with the following policies: Faculty must have completed at least one year of employment at Cary Academy before they can receive tuitionassistance. A maximum of nine semester hours for any academic year will be reimbursed. Reimbursement is limited to tuition and mandatory fees only and may not exceed the average in-state graduate tuitionrate charged by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Subsidies per employee are limited to 30 semester hours per degree. Reimbursement of thesis or dissertationregistration is limited to $2,000 per degree.Reimbursement decisions are made by the Head of School in consultation with the Dean of Faculty and are subject tothe availability of funds. No reimbursements will be made without prior approval.Faculty who wish to apply for graduate tuition assistance are asked to submit an application form to the Dean of Faculty inJanuary for coursework to be completed during the following summer, fall and spring terms.CARMA (Cary Academy Recognition for Mission Advancement)This program recognizes faculty members who through outstanding contributions in their roles as teachers, advisors,extra-curricular leaders and community members advance the core elements of the mission of the school: discovery,innovation, collaboration and excellence. Faculty who have completed four years of teaching at Cary Academy areeligible to apply for CARMA, and a committee composed of three administrators and three faculty members evaluateseach application. The CARMA award carries two financial benefits: a stipend (taxable) to be paid in each of the four years of the award period as a means of increasing discretionaryincome, and a sum of professional development money (non-taxable) available for use at any time during the award period for anycourse, program or resource related to the teacher's job responsibilities at the school.William C. Friday Summer FellowshipsThis endowed fellowship is named in honor of Mr. William C. Friday, President Emeritus of the University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill and a founding member of the Cary Academy Board of Directors. The Friday Fellowship programprovides financial assistance for faculty to pursue professional development projects during the summer that will directlystrengthen them as teaching professionals in their field(s) of expertise. Examples of the kind of professional activitiessupported by the Friday Fellowship program include original research or writing, participation in a course of study,attendance at a seminar or an institute, or pursuit of a curriculum or technology development project. The fellowship canrange in term from one to six weeks and provides two types of financial assistance: Funding (non-taxable) to cover expenses associated with the fellowship project, such as registration fees, tuition,travel or resource materials. The expense portion of the fellowship award may not exceed $2,500.A stipend (taxable) in compensation for work performed by the Fellowship recipient toward the Fellowshipproject. Stipend amounts are calculated at a rate of $30 per work hour and are paid out in accordance with theschool's regular payroll schedule.The maximum Fellowship award for a given proposal is $5,000 to cover both expenses and stipends.Any faculty member who has completed at least one year of teaching at Cary Academy is eligible to apply for a FridayFellowship. The Dean of Faculty and a small committee review proposals and select recipients.Robert E. Bridges Honored Educators ScholarshipThis endowed scholarship is named in honor of Mr. Robert E. Bridges, former superintendent of Wake County Schoolsand a founding member of the Cary Academy Board of Directors. The Bridges Scholarship program provides one facultymember each year with the opportunity to participate as an Honored Educator in either a Renewal Seminar or theTeacher-Scholar-in-Residence program offered by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Any CaryAcademy faculty member who has completed at least five years of full-time teaching at Cary Academy is eligible to applyfor the Bridges Fellowship. The Dean of Faculty and a small committee review applications and select recipients.Major Resource Development GrantsThis grant provides financial assistance for individual faculty members or teams of faculty to work over the summer tocreate a substantial new body of mission-centered curriculum materials for long-term use in a particular course.Proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:Proposals will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:1) alignment of the proposed resource materials with the established learning goals for the course.2) incorporation of discipline-specific "best practice" elements into the design of the proposed resource materials.

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