Teaching at New Village Academy

One Student at a Time

Being a New Village Academy teacher is not for everyone. It requires exceptionally hard work, creativity, and dedication to student success. Designing authentic projects, leading a Crew, running responsive academic skills workshops, and participating in democratic decision-making and restorative practices all require skills not normally expected of high school teachers. Crew leaders serve as anchors of an in-school family, as facilitators of learning in the truest sense, and as a bridge between school and the world of adult work and living. Teachers have smaller class sizes, deeper relationships with students and families, and the empowerment of being part of an innovative educational and community endeavor.

One day per week all students are off campus engaging in LTIs and projects. On these days, advisors help students engaged in community projects, identify student career interests and LTI placements, and visit worksites for students fully engaged in LTIs. Because of the additional challenges of teaching at a ground-breaking school, one half-day per week is dedicated entirely to professional development, project, workshop, and advisory planning, and building community partnerships. While students engage in LTIs outside of school, teachers are given the training they need to grow as a team, as crew leaders and as facilitators of learning within a new framework.

Our Foundational Beliefs

Every team member at New Village Academy must be convinced that innovative ways of thinking about education are needed to meet the needs of a large segment of our student population.

We don’t have to agree on everything, but some basic premises are essential to being able to do this work together:

1) Students deserve to have their cultural identity affirmed, their needs met, and their aspirations supported in school – to feel that they are seen and heard, that their work is meaningful, and will prepare them for the life they envision for themselves.

2) Students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect at all times – especially when they have made mistakes. The traditional punitive response to mistakes is not working and alternative, restorative approaches are needed to address mistakes and misunderstandings, to heal damage, bring students back into the community, and support growth.

3) Teaching and learning happen best in the context of strong, respectful relationships and supportive community; grounded in depth of understanding, critical thinking, and authentic application of learning to real-world contexts, rather than “coverage” of content and seat time in worksheet-based classrooms.

4) Success should be defined by genuine preparation for real life – college or career, active citizenship, and personal/interpersonal growth - rather than by credits earned or GPAs.

5) Parents and community members have an essential role in the education of our youth – as supportive teachers and listeners, as mentors and advocates.

6) Young people are capable of much more than we have given them credit for – they can be expected to take responsibility for their own education, and for making our community a better place.

7) Our Annapolis community and its individual members are enriched and made more resilient when adults, businesses, young people, and organizations come together to ensure that all of us are thriving, especially our youth.

Projected Staffing Needs

Principal (and Staff Crew Leader)

Crew Leaders for Student Crews

School, College, and Career Counselor/Internship Coordinator

Director of Climate and Restorative Justice

SPED teachers/coordinators - 2

Facilities Director/Custodian

9 full-time credentialed classroom teachers

Social Studies – 2

Math – 2

English Language Arts – 2

Science -2

Arts/Technology/Video – 1

ESOL/Spanish language – 1

Support Staff

1 Food Services and Custodial staff member (or 2 part-time)

1 Administrative Assistant/Receptionist/Community Liaison - bilingual

New Village Academy is committed to holding anti-racism, inclusion, and equity, at the center of everything that we do.