Richland Academy of the Arts Education & Development Program
Richland Academy is proud to be a sponsor of community schools. We are determined to provide our community schools their oversight, mentor-ship, monitoring, and technical assistance with the same passion, fervor and creativity that we provide our arts programming. Our Education and Development Program is committed to excellent instruction, character development, social consciousness, and artistic culture in all that we do. Our staff is committed to excellent service and oversight and creating a friendly educational experience. We strive to provide a positive, and professional environment in all of our sponsored schools. The arts and education are our passion and we strive to guide our classrooms toward a curriculum that provides creative educational experiences.
Mission for the Education & Development Program
Richland Academy of the Arts’ authorizing mission is to provide the oversight, monitoring, technical assistance, resources and leadership needed and wanted by its sponsored community schools for them to provide their students with superior academic opportunities while maintaining sound financial viability without violating their autonomy.
Value Statements for the Education & Development Program
The Education and Development Program will provide a commitment to excellent instruction, character development, social consciousness, and artistic culture in all that we do. Our staff is committed to excellent service and oversight and creating a friendly educational experience.
The Education and Development Program will ensure a professional and safe environment in all of our places of learning. Our schools will be professionally structured for top academic performance. Our instructors and staff will be held accountable to the highest of educational standards.
The Education and Development Program will guide toward creative educational experiences for all classrooms. Our focus is the students and what they learn and create, as we strive for ingenuity and unique learning opportunities.
The Education and Development Program will provide an inspiring educational experience. Our instructors and staff are passionate about developing learners of character and social consciousness who will use their lifelong love of learning to contribute back to their communities, families, and friends.
The Education and Development Program will provide a cooperative spirit to our sponsored schools and their communities. Our instructors, staff, and students create an internal learning community which will serve as a solid foundation for further education and employment.
Pledge for The Education and Development Program
We are determined to provide our charter schools their oversight, mentorship, monitoring, and technical assistance with the same passion, fervor, and creativity that we provide our arts programming.
Vision for The Education and Development Program
To be the sponsor of choice for community schools in Ohio. By not limiting the imagination, we will honor developmental abilities and the growth of the whole child. We will cultivate communities who believe children need to grow up experiencing the arts and contributing back to their families and communities.
Richland Academy of the Arts Community Schools Contact Information
Richland Academy of the Arts
75 North Walnut Street
Mansfield, OH 44902-1179
Phone number: 419.522.8224 Website www.richlandacademy.com
Marianne Cooper, Executive Director Richland Academy of the Arts, School Governance ext. 223 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheri Hughes, Director of RA Community Schools, Education & Development Program, School Facilities & Governance, ext. 229 email@example.com
The mission of the RAA grant opportunity is to provide grants for its sponsored teachers to develop creative and interesting arts programs, projects or events for their classrooms. Grants are awarded to individual classroom teachers or small teams of classroom teachers, intended to foster arts experiences. Grant amounts are capped at $250.
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Roles & Responsibilities of Ohio Community School Sponsors, Schools, and Governing Authorities
Community Schools must have a Sponsor that has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education to oversee the school's governance, fiscal procedures, and its educational program and progress.
Richland Academy of the Arts subscribes to the three core principles and six performance standards developed in coordination with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), the Ohio Association of Charter School Authorizers (OACSA) and the requirements of Ohio law.
The three core principles for sponsors (or authorizers) are:
- maintaining high standards for schools,
- upholding school autonomy, and
- protecting student and public interests.
The six standards for sponsors include:
- providing technical assistance to schools,
- oversight and evaluation of schools,
- a commitment to quality authorizing and improving our capacity as sponsors of schools,
- a thorough and transparent application process,
- performance contracting, and
- rigorous renewal processes.
Richland Academy of the Arts takes all Ohio legal responsibilities very seriously. Developers interested in starting a new community school will find a rigorous application process in place with a strict time-line. A pre-application document provides initial information including an executive summary of the proposal school. The proposal may be invited into the application process. Interviews with the founding directors and boards are required. A rubric is established for weighing the merits of the proposal. Outside experts are a part of the process. If the proposal is accepted during the selection process the following must happen: Richland Academy Board of Trustees must approve any proposal.
LETTER TO PARENTS:
As a part of sponsor monitoring and oversight Richland Academy is required to notify you of our annual evaluation of your school. The evaluation includes the academic and fiscal performance and the organization and operation of the school (ORC 3314.023(C).
Please see the Annual Report located on our web page: www.richlandacademy.com or (see the link below)
Marianne Cooper, Executive Director