Camelot Launches Second Jobs for the Future Teacher Training Lab
(Chicago, Il. – May 14, 2015) – Camelot’s teaching techniques are based on a framework created by Boston-based Jobs for the Future (JFF), an organization committed to ensuring that all underprepared young people have the skills and credentials needed to succeed. The instructional model has led to phenomenal academic gains by “second chance” learners in Camelot’s accelerated high school programs.
Camelot and JFF joined forces in Philadelphia at Excel Academy several years ago to create a school that would serve as a training ground and laboratory so that teachers could be immersed in the JFF system and take their knowledge back to their schools. Since that time, Camelot educators have traveled from other cities to Philadelphia for the training.
Because Camelot has five campuses in Chicago, it has set up a second JFF training site, at Excel Academy of Englewood. On April 28 and 29, the first JFF Academic Residency in Chicago was conducted.
“We train all of our teachers in the JFF system when they join Camelot, but we also try during the school year to get them into the intense two-day training. Until now, they had to fly to Philadelphia to do that. Having a designated school in Chicago gives us a more convenient location to conduct this training for our Chicago staff,” said Pedro Segarra, Camelot Regional Vice President.
Camelot has developed master teachers at Excel Academy who are skilled in training new staff in the JFF system. Participants attended the two day residency to practice an internal structure for establishing the Common Instructional Framework.
Camelot also uses the JFF Common Instructional Framework in its suburban Chicago therapeutic day schools, and teachers there will be invited to participate in the training at Excel Academy as well.