As part of our mission to prepare students for active preparation in a democratic society, we felt it was paramount that we model this practice for our students.
DREAM Technical Academy is a part of the larger EdVisions Cooperative, a professional association of teachers and owners that contract with school boards to supply a learning program. The cooperative is democratically owned and managed, and it is built around the idea of site-based management and teacher-led schools.
Being a part of this cooperative allows staff at DREAM to work collaboratively to shape the development of the school and empower each other to have a voice. By working together to lead the school, we are modeling the very democratic process for which we hope to prepare our students.
As a staff-led school, DREAM Technical Academy has a list of committees in which the staff can participate to manage the school.
School Climate and Culture: The School Climate and Culture Committee is dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and fun learning environment where collaboration is encouraged with students, staff, parents, and the community. The committee will organize school-wide community building activities and events. They will address advisory change requests by students and will respond to school-wide related complaints, questions, or concerns from parents and students.
Marketing/Outreach: The Marketing Committee will share our schools message and image with current and former students, families, businesses, and the surrounding community. Focuses are student retention and student recruitment. Broadcasting events and specific student achievements. Communicating with parents and students through facebook, dream drop, website, and other medias in order to encourage open communication and engagement.
Finance/Budget: The Finance Committee is responsible for creating and maintaining a budget, including specific funds, for DREAM Technical Academy with guidance from EdVisions Schools. Committee members are responsible for seeking appropriate grants, writing grant proposals, accepting grants and following through with grant requirements and reporting. Committee members also take request and make decisions for supply requests throughout the year.
Facilities: The mission of the Facilities Committee is to provide a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all employees and students. The school will provide appropriate safeguards, personal protections, training and support to protect employee and student safety and health. DREAM employees will be trained to work safely and will be required to comply with all safety rules and standards. This committee will also maintain the van and do the necessary upkeeps.
Personnel: The Personnel Committee is responsible for selecting colleagues (recruiting and interviewing), evaluating colleagues, terminating colleagues, establishing staff size, allocation of personnel to teaching and support staff positions, selecting and deselecting leaders, and allocating salaries and benefits in coordination with the Finance Committee. The Personnel Committee is also responsible for providing access to professional development opportunities to staff as needed. EdVisions Schools will serve in the capacity of approving and recording CEUs for teacher licensure renewal.
Curriculum: The mission of the curriculum committee is to provide leadership, guidance, and oversight of the academic curriculum, which includes purpose and policies, to ensure compliance with Minnesota State Graduation Standards and DREAM Technical Academy’s graduation requirements. To accomplish this objective the committee will work to ensure that the curriculum is sound, comprehensive, innovative, and responsive to the evolving needs of the students as well as the businesses, and local communities.