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Year of Planning Program

Launch Year

Launch Year Preparation Checklist

Master Schedule

  • Verify the scheduling of most academy learners with at least one core educator per grade level

  • Verify educator assignments in the academy with common-planning time if possible

Recruitment

  • Ensure academy recruitment uses an open, choice-based student recruitment process to enroll 50 learners per grade level with at least 20 learners per grade level

Academy Orientation

  • Host an orientation open house for academy learners and parents before the start of school

Press Release

  • Prepare a press release to announce the opening of the academy and celebrate with the community

Academy Development

  • Use the graduation recommendations to update and operationalize the academy design plan

Professional Learning

  • Engage in professional learning and technical assistance available to NAF academies as follows:

    • Remote coaching and technical assistance​

    • Professional Learning site in ASH with virtual/webinar training

    • ASH tools and resources

    • NAFTrack Certification resources

NAF Next

  • Attend the Launch Year session at NAF Next 2022

    • ​Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX, July 10-13

NAF Membership

  • Maintain NAF membership requirements to be an academy in good standing by:

    • Paying membership fees by December​

    • Completing Quality Center and Academy Assessment with evidence collection

Program of Study

  • Offering a program of study that enables learners to achieve NAFTrack Certification