21st Century Charter School at Gary is a TAP school—TAP stands for The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. As a school that operates using the TAP frameworks, our qualified teachers are able to benefit from approximately 12 hours of professional development and support PER MONTH—and sometimes more. Professional development is spread through weekly Cluster meetings with a Master teacher, individual meetings with a Mentor or Master teacher, classroom observations, and follow-up meetings. Master and Mentor teachers are invested in the growth and success of all teachers in the classroom and assess progress of students through data, guiding teachers to create plans and classroom cultures that lead each teacher to success.
The school sets growth goals for the entire school, including state test score goals and End-of-Course Assessment score goals for students. In order to meet these goals, master and mentor teachers provide extensive support and professional development to all teachers, starting from their first year. We set high expectations, and we provide a high level of support in order to meet these goals. We are a data-driven school—we use classroom data to inform professional development and support based on each teacher’s individual needs.
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We also offer qualified teachers multiple opportunities to attend Doug Lemov Teach Like a Champion trainings multiple times a year with all associated costs covered. Learn more about Doug Lemov and Teach Like a Champion:
This school also provides professional development and team building before the school year begins. Two weeks before school begins, the leadership team, consisting of the principal, master and mentor teachers, leads professional development and preparation for the upcoming school year with the entire school staff.
As a who school that utilizes the TAP system, we create a career advancement pathway for all teachers, which rewards teachers for continuous improvement of their craft over time. Our TAP system offers an aggressive bonus structure for Mentor and Master TAP teachers and principals. Career Teachers are offered the opportunity to progress in their professional career through advancement through the TAP system, resulting in performance based raises and promotions. Teachers who participate in the TAP system are eligible for career advancement and additional compensation.
21st Century Charter School at Gary uses the TAP framework to promote teacher and student advancement because we believe that regardless of socioeconomic status of our students, they can all achieve at a high level, pursue a four year college degree, and achieve their dreams and goals, regardless of where they live, what color they are, and what their family education level is.