Dean Technical School is a Level IV school within the Holyoke Public Schoolsmanaged by an Educational Management Organization (EMO) who, by contractwith the Holyoke Public Schools, has been granted full autonomy and flexibilityunder the Federal Restart model to run Dean Technical High School. TheCollaborative for Educational Services, located in Northampton MA, is the namedEMO.
This status gives the EMO the right to set the “school day” and “schoolyear” for both faculty and students and to make other alterations in the t
teaching and learning conditions. As a Level IV School, Dean’s primary
decision-making body will be the EMO who will approve the annual work election agreement (WEA), budget, policies, and vision for the school. A DeanGrievance Board will be handling many of the functions previously assumed bythe HTA. Teachers at Dean will undertake a number of special responsibilities,such as service on school committees and participation in regular LearningTeams. Teachers at Dean will subscribe to a school improvement modeldetermined by the EMO, and will participate in the development of acollaborative, professional learning community.
As part of the Dean collaborative, professional learning community, all teachers,in addition to their teaching responsibilities, will:
Participate in the Advisor-Advisee Program to mentor students in awell-structured program that meets for the equivalent of two fullperiods per month preferably in either the first or the last period.
Schedule and participate in three family involvement events. OpenHouse and Family Event Night is a requirement for all teachers.Within each PLC, teachers will be required to plan and participatein either an academic or vocationally focused event (e.g.exhibitions, student-led conferences, family nights, etc
Plan and participate in a department-specific Advisory Committee;
Participate in the Peer Observation process as part of thecollaborative, professional culture;
Work on a variety of teams to support the mission of the school(e.g. PLCs, department, interdisciplinary curriculum, etc.), and
Create and submit lesson plans using a Standards-Based orVocational Competency-Based Lesson Plan template common toall Dean teachers .
a. The School Day:
For 2012-2013, the school day for students is from 8:14 AM until 3:08 PM,Monday
Friday.Teachers will be expected to adhere to this schedule for the year: