The ACSA Academies season is under way, with more programs scheduled this year and increased participation across the state.
A rise in regional response is helping to build the success of the program, a factor ACSA Educational Services Executive Mary Gomes expedited in her first full year leading the academies.
Gomes reports that last year at this time, 432 participants were enrolled in 20 academies. As of last week, 580 participants – an increase of 148 participants – had enrolled in 25 academies.
One academy, Categorical Programs in July, has already concluded and seven more have begun. Six more academies are scheduled to begin through the end of this month, nine academies in October and two in November.
Academies at five locations are already at the maximum capacity of a little more than 30 participants.
ACSA’s job-specific academies provide a solid foundation of training in the application of management fundamentals for new or aspiring administrators. The program helps build the administrative and leadership skills needed in current jobs, while preparing participants to take advantage of career advancement opportunities.
Academies typically take place over seven weekend sessions, Fridays 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., though hours may vary. Already academies have begun for categorical program leaders, charter school officials and curriculum and instruction leaders. Still slated to begin are C&I Leaders Academies in Victorville and Redding; Personnel Academies in Azusa, Burlingame, Danville, Ontario, Stockton and Tustin; Principals Academy Ontario; Pupil Services Academy Ontario; School Business Academy Alhambra; Special Education Academy North Hills; and Superintendents Academies in Whittier and Oceanside.
Specifics on the academies may be obtained online at www.acsa.org/academies.
ACSA Academies provide such respected learning opportunities, educators from outside of California sign-up to participate. And human resources departments throughout the state use academy graduate rosters to aid recruitment efforts.
ACSA Academies are considered the fast track to a new position. Karen Hackett-Villalobos gives much credit to the Superintendents Academy for preparing her for her new role as superintendent/principal of East Nicolaus High School.
“I cannot say how much the Superintendents Academy prepared me for this journey,” Villalobos said “I was well prepared and look forward to starting this new position with many resources and contacts.”
The former BTSA director specifically thanked Academy Director Ardella Dailey, program coordinator Mary Gomes and presenter Lloyd Wamhof, ACSA member assistance advocate, who followed up on the academy experience by helping Villalobos with her new contract.