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									INTRODUCTION



                                                            NAF Self-Assessment Tool
                                                           Standard Version (AOF, AOIT, AOHT)
    Fall '09 Pilot Version
                                                                INTRODUCTION


               WELCOME

               Welcome to the National Academy Foundation “Academy Self-Assessment Tool" - Fall '09 pilot version

               Recent studies have validated two important facts: 1) NAF’s career academy model, when implemented ful
               outcomes for students, and 2) only a handful of schools in the NAF network fully implement all aspects of t
               that there are many different “flavors” of academies in the NAF network, and thus, many different degrees


               In order to have a greater impact on more students nationwide, NAF seeks to foster greater fidelity
               Network schools. This self-assessment tool is one step in a determined journey toward that end.

               Please note that this tool is intended for NAF Academies that are current with all NAF fees and data reporti
               prepared to provide NAF with evidence to support their scores.

               PURPOSE
               The Academy Self-Assessment Tool is designed to accomplish four broad goals:
                      1) Guide NAF Academies towards higher levels of effectiveness with students using the NAF mode
                      2) Allow NAF Academies to place themselves within NAF’s new membership structure.
                      3) Help academies determine which network participation and growth opportunities best suit their
                      4) Help NAF learn about network strengths, challenges, and effective practice.

               FORMAT

               The Academy Self-Assessment Tool is structured around four sections that reflect the key “pillars” of the N


                  Section 1: Academy Development                              Section 3: Curriculum
                  Section 2: Advisory Board                                   Section 4: Internships

               Within each of these four sections, Academies are asked to self-evaluate their performance around two typ
               Features and Growth Features.

               The Membership Inventory lists program features necessary for Academies following the NAF model. In
               negotiable” factors that make NAF programs unique in the world of high school reform models. A total of 1
               presented, three to four per section. A simple scoring system is included to help Academies determine whe
               continuum of NAF’s new membership structure.
The Growth Inventory includes additional program features that reflect NAF’s “gold standard” of Academ
While not evaluated for membership purposes, these factors highlight Network’s best practices and represe
increasing academy capacity and producing better results with students.
ment Tool
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DIRECTIONS




  Fall '09 Pilot Version                                            DIRECTIONS


             USING THE TOOL

             1. NAF suggests that a team of individuals at each school work collaboratively to complete this self-assess


             2. For the Membership Inventory portion of each section, enter the number "1" below the descriptor that
             Academy’s level of practice. (example below)




                                           Enter a "1" in the cell under the descriptor that most closely
                                           matches the practice of your academy



             3. The Evidence column lists documentation that could be used to verify academy performance for each dim
             suggestions only - Academies are not required to enter additional text here. Some of this data is repo
             Data Center. In the future, Academies may be asked by NAF to provide additional evidence to support their




                                                             Suggested evidence is listed in this column -
                                                             required to add any text here.
4. For the Growth Inventory portion of each section, read the descriptor and best practice examples and e
next to the descriptor that best describes your academy's degree of implementation of that factor. Items on
your Academy with specific ideas on how to make progress in the career academy work at your school. (exa




                                  Enter a "1" in the cell next to the descriptor that most closely
                                  matches your academy's degree of implementation of that factor


5. After completing both the Membership and Growth portions of Sections 1-4, go to the Membership Stag
pages, fill out your academy and team contact information and see your overall score.




6. Finally, SAVE THIS DOCUMENT and include your academy or school name in the file name.
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ly to complete this self-assessment tool.


"1" below the descriptor that most closely corresponds to your




most closely




emy performance for each dimension. The items listed are
ere. Some of this data is reported elsewhere through the NAF
nal evidence to support their scores in selected areas.




 this column - Academies are not
 best practice examples and enter the number "1" in the cell
ation of that factor. Items on the Growth Inventory can provide
my work at your school. (example below)




 that most closely
entation of that factor


 go to the Membership Stages and Team Participation
l score.



                      Type in contact information on the
                      Membership Stages page as well as team
                      member information on the Team
                      Participation page.




e in the file name.
Section 1: ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT -                   Membership Inventory

                    BEGINNING PRACTICE           GROWING PRACTICE          SUSTAINING PRACTICE EXEMPLARY PRACTICE                              Evidence
                   A career academy exists     Academy participation is    Academy participation is     Academy participation is   Description of recruitment
                   at the school, however it open to all students,         open to all students,        open to all students,      policies, plans, and results
                   is not open to all students Academy demographics        Academy demographics         Academy demographics
                                               mirror that of the school   mirror that of the school,   mirror that of the school,
                                                                           outreach efforts used to     outreach efforts used to
Student
                                                                           target students who          target students who
Participation
                                                                           would most benefit from      would most benefit from
and Recruitment
                                                                           the Academy                  the Academy, recruitment
                                                                                                        efforts yield stable or
                                                                                                        growing enrollment across
                                                                                                        all grades over time

       Rating

                   Academy enrolls students    Academy is a 3-4 year       Academy is a 3-4 year        Academy is a 4 year       Class rosters for Academy
                   in a two year program       program and enrolls 30-     program and enrolls 51-      program and enrolls over sections
Academy
                                               50 students in each grade   75 students in each grade    75 students in each grade
Enrollment
                                               level                       level                        level


       Rating

Cohort Schedule Less than 70% of               71-80% of Academy           81-95% of Academy            96-100% of Academy          Class rosters for Academy
(NAF Students take Academy students            students scheduled as a     students scheduled as a      students scheduled as a     sections
classes w/ Academy scheduled as a cohort       cohort                      cohort                       cohort
teachers)

       Rating

                  Academy Director is a        Academy Director is        Academy Director is        Academy Director is a non- Self-report
                  teacher with no release      teacher with one period of teacher with more than     teaching staff or a teacher
Academy           time or additional           release time               one period of release time who spends the majority
Director Position compensation                                                                       of their time as Director


       Rating
Section 2: ADVISORY BOARD -            Membership Inventory

                   BEGINNING PRACTICE         GROWING PRACTICE          SUSTAINING PRACTICE EXEMPLARY PRACTICE                            Evidence
                  Board has fewer than 10   At least 10 Board           11 or more Board            11 or more Board            Board meeting notes,
                  members                   members, at least 75%       members, at least 75%       members, at least 85%       member roster
                                            are business or             are non-school staff,       are non-school staff,
                                            community representatives   including local business    including local business
Board                                                                   leaders, community          leaders, community
Membership                                                              members, parents, and       members, parents,
                                                                        students                    students and
                                                                                                    representatives from
                                                                                                    higher education

     Rating

                  Board Chairperson in place Board Chairperson and      Board Chairperson,          Board Chairperson,          Board meeting notes,
                                             committee structure in     committee structure, and    committee structure,        member roster, copy of
Board Structure                              place                      Board Strategic Plan in     Board Strategic Plan, and   Strategic Plan, copy of
and Plans                                                               place                       Board recruitment and       succession plans
                                                                                                    leadership succession
                                                                                                    plans in place

     Rating

                  Board meets quarterly     Board meets quarterly or    Board meets bi-monthly      Board meets 11 times per Board meeting agendas,
                  and advises Academy       more often, advises         (with committees meeting    year (including a Strategic notes, and list of
                  leaders                   Academy leaders, and        more frequently as          Planning meeting in         engagement activities
                                            provides internships        necessary), advises         August or September),
Board Function                                                          Academy leaders,            advises Academy leaders,
and Roles                                                               provides internships, and   provides internships, and
                                                                        engages with Academy        engages with Academy
                                                                        students 1-2 times per      students and teachers at
                                                                        year                        least quarterly


     Rating
Section 3: CURRICULUM - Membership                          Inventory

                     BEGINNING PRACTICE            GROWING PRACTICE            SUSTAINING PRACTICE EXEMPLARY PRACTICE                          Evidence
                    2 NAF courses* are           3-4 NAF courses* are          5-6 NAF courses* are        7 or more NAF courses*    Official school Course Guide
NAF Courses         taught and taken by the      taught and taken by the       taught and taken by the     are taught and taken by
Taught and          Academy cohort               Academy cohort over 3-4       Academy cohort over 3-4     the cohort over 4 grade
Taken                                            years                         years                       levels with substantial
                                                                                                           evidence of integration
*or approved                                                                                               with core academic
alternatives                                                                                               content

        Rating

                    Supports may not be in       Individualized supports       Formal supports (such as    Formal supports (such as Description of supports
                    place                        (such as tutoring) help       skill workshops and         skill workshops and        provided
                                                 students who struggle         shadow classes) help all    shadow classes) help all
Supports for
                                                 with the content and          students achieve the full   students achieve the
Students to
                                                 methodology of NAF            benefit of NAF Academy      extended benefit of NAF
Fully Benefit
                                                 Academy courses               courses                     Academy courses, and
from NAF
                                                                                                           Academy staff formally
Courses
                                                                                                           share these practices with
                                                                                                           the NAF Network


        Rating

                    Academy teachers use of      Academy teachers              Academy teachers            Academy teachers           Sample lesson plans,
                    NAF instructional            understand and apply the      understand and apply        understand and apply the descriptions of how teachers
Use of NAF          practices included in the    instructional practices for   NAF practices and work-     NAF instructional          share best practices
Instructional       curriculum is inconsistent   theme content and work-       based learning in all       practices and work-based
Practices                                        based learning as they        Academy courses             learning in all Academy
                                                 appear in NAF course                                      courses and formally
(See NAF Learning                                curriculum                                                share these practices with
Handbook)                                                                                                  others in their school and
                                                                                                           in the NAF Network

        Rating
Fall '09 Pilot Version
Section 4: INTERNSHIPS - Membership                    Inventory

               BEGINNING PRACTICE            GROWING PRACTICE           SUSTAINING PRACTICE EXEMPLARY PRACTICE                                Evidence
              Internship preparation is    Internship preparation       All students participate in   All students participate in   Description and calendar of
              unstructured and does        activities are offered to    workplace learning and        a structured sequence of      internship preparation
Internship    not build from one year to   students prior to starting   internship preparation        workplace learning and        activities
Preparation   the next                     their internship             activities each year          internship preparation
                                                                                                      activities each year

     Rating

              Fewer than 80% of          80-89% of eligible             90-99% of eligible            100% of eligible students     Academy roster and list of
Internship    eligible students complete students complete paid         students complete paid        complete paid internships     student internship placements
Completion    paid internships           internships                    internships

     Rating

              Internships are not          The school evaluates the     The school and employer       The school, employer,     Copies of internship
Internship    formally evaluated           internship experience        evaluate the internship       and student have multiple evaluation tools and
Assessments                                                             experience                    opportunities to evaluate summary of evaluation results
                                                                                                      the internship experience

     Rating
 TEAM PARTICIPATION PAGE




                                                TEAM PARTICIPATION
Fall '09 Pilot Version
    Please enter the information of all Academy team members who participated in the Self-Assessment


    NAME                            ROLE                                       E-MAIL ADDRESS
ARTICIPATION

articipated in the Self-Assessment


            E-MAIL ADDRESS           PHONE NUMBER
                                   TOTALS & MEMBERSHIP STAGES
Fall '09 Pilot Version
    Contact Information
      Please enter the requested contact information below

    School Name

    Academy Name

    Contact Name

    Contact E-mail

    Date Completed


                          Remember to save this document with a new file name that contains your academy or school name!

    Membership Stages Scoring

                                                                               NUMBER OF ITEMS CHECKED                          YOUR      POINTS
                                                                   Beginning       Growing        Sustained      Exemplary       SCORE   POSSIBLE

     SECTION 1             Academy Development                                                                                              16

     SECTION 2             Advisory Board                                                                                                   12

     SECTION 3             Curriculum                                                                                                       12

     SECTION 4             Internships                                                                                                      12

                 (Note: When complete, Section 1 should have 4 items checked; Sections 2, 3, & 4 should have 3 items checked)               52



    NAF Membership Stages

       POINTS                     STAGE                                                            DESCRIPTION
                                                        Academies at the Affiliate stage have chosen to partially implement the NAF career
                                                        academy model. Affiliates enjoy full use of NAF curriculum and online resources,
                            Affiliate                   remote phone and e-mail support from NAF and its partners, full access to the
         13-25
                               Academy                  NAF Alumni Network, and two sponsored invitations to the NAF Summer Institute.

                                                        Academies at the Member stage have chosen to implement most of the key
                                                        components of the NAF career academy model. Member Academies enjoy all of
                                                        the benefits of Affiliates, plus: access to special topic webinars, invitations to apply
                            Member                      for the NAF Academy Redesign Cohort, access to and support from the NAF
         26-38                                          Curriculum Fellows program, limited access to NAF grants, awards, and
                              Academy                   scholarships, limited site visit opportunities by NAF staff and technical assistance
                                                        providers, full access to NAF’s online Student Portfolio system*, and full access to
                                                        the NAF Internship Network*.

                                                        Academies at the Leader stage have chosen to implement the NAF career
                                                        academy model to a high degree and are providing increasing levels of leadership
                                                        in the NAF Network. Leader Academies enjoy all of the benefits of Members, plus:
                            Leader                      invitations to NAF’s ASPIRE program and regional Design Studios, expanded site
         39-46                                          visit opportunities by NAF staff and technical assistance providers, invitations to
                              Academy                   participate in special topic workgroups, additional professional development in PBL
                                                        and curricular integration, and invitations to participate in the NAF Teacher
                                                        Externship Program*.
                        Academies at the Distinguished stage have chosen to fully implement the NAF
                        career academy model and are providing strong leadership in the NAF Network.
                        Distinguished Academies enjoy all the benefits of Leaders, plus: individual
                        coaching for Network leadership, presenter roles in topical webinars, opportunities
        Distinguished   to web-publish best practices, assistance in hosting regional Design Studios at
47-52
          Academy       their school, four additional sponsorships for the NAF Summer Institute, enhanced
                        opportunities for leadership stipends for NAF Network positions, opportunities to
                        partner with NAF in special grantmaking initiatives with funders, and access to
                        funded sabbaticals for curriculum research and development*.

                                                                                     *Feature in development

								
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