While Success Academy is known as one of the nation’s best charter school networks for the way it teaches its students, most people probably do not know that it also educates its teachers as well.
That is because Success Academy runs programs like the Teacher Residency program that recruits new teachers to work as an associate teacher at one or more Success Academy schools.
While there, teachers in the program are taught not only how to teach their students the Success Academy way, but also valuable skills like effective teaching skills and classroom management. Skills they can then use in the Success Academy classroom to benefit their students.
One of the teachers who was hired by Success Academy, and took advantage of the Teacher Residency program, is a music teacher called Joel Klein.
Klein was hired by Success Academy as an associate teacher, and spent three years learning every aspect of teaching at the network. While there, he observed other teachers and how they taught, and then he applied what he learned to his own classes.
Klein said when he was hired, he had always wanted to be a music teacher but, with most schools only hiring music teachers with a lot of experience, he chose to work at Success Academy first.
After three years, however, a music teacher position opened up at Success Academy Union Square and Klein was told to apply for it. He did, and he was subsequently awarded the job.
Now he teaches music to a wide variety of ages and levels of students, and has been given the freedom to run his classes in a way that he feels is benefiting his children the most.
Since he started to teach music at Success Academy, Klein says he has noticed how much him using music to teach self-confidence and leadership skills has increased the self-confidence of many of his students.
So much so, he has several stories of children not wanting to stand in front of the class and play an instrument or sing but, once they did, leaving with such a sense of accomplishment he knows it has changed them for life.