Collegiate Academies

Leadership Pathways

75% of teachers have taken on formal leadership roles in their second year at CA.

Collegiate Academies is committed to the growth and leadership training of every member of our team. Here, leadership is not about a title. It’s about serving your teammates, setting clear goals, and meeting all legitimate needs of your team to reach them.

Four Leadership Pathways

There are four leadership pathways that a Collegiate Academies staff member can take.  Each pathway can function as a destination, or as a building block to another pathway.

Click below to learn more about each pathway.

Pathway 1: Teacher Leadership

Teacher Leaders pursue excellence in the classroom and hone their leadership skills outside of it.  Teacher Leaders do the following:

  • Attend the CA Leadership Workshop Series, a four hour class held monthly that is led by CEO, Ben Marcovitz, and CAO, Margo Bouchie.
  • Choose one or more Leadership Projects to execute in or outside of the school. Use Leadership Projects to meet an unmet need and to practice skills learned in the CA Leadership Workshop Series.

Leadership Projects can focus on instruction and academics, school culture, or other school programming. Examples of Leadership Projects that Teacher Leaders in the past have chosen to tackle:

  1. Leading a teaching team to execute a unique academic push.
  2. Improving attendance and efficacy of detention.
  3. Improving the culture of lunch.
  4. Boosting critical thinking across the school.
  5. Improving the impact of college visits.
  6. Planning lessons to teach social skills or academic habits across the entire grade-level or school during advisory time.
  7. Running extra-curricular programming for the school.
  8. Developing professional development to deliver to teachers around the city.
Click here to read about Jim Kline's experience as a Teacher Leader.

Pathway 2: Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leaders at Collegiate Academies lead their teams in meeting the goals of their departments or programs. There are two Instructional Leadership roles:

Academic Dean

This role is responsible for the academic goals in a given department or program. For example, the Academic Dean of the Math Department is responsible for the goals of the Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus courses. There is an Academic Dean for each of the four departments: Math, English, Social Studies and Foreign Language, and Science. There are also two additional Academic Deans focused on school-wide programming: Intervention (which includes Special Education), and School-Wide Literacy. Academic Deans have the following responsibilities:

  • Attend the CA Leadership Workshop Series, a four hour class held monthly led by CEO, Ben Marcovitz, and CAO, Margo Bouchie.
  • Meet the needs of teachers in their departments/programs to reach academic goals: perform classroom observations, support teachers in analyzing data and creating strategic action plans, lead teacher development meetings, lead bi-weekly department meetings, hold teachers accountable for reaching their goals, celebrate their successes, and offer professional development inside and outside of the school’s campus.
  • Meet weekly with the Academic Deans as a team to ensure progress on school-wide academic goals and scholar and teacher achievement.
  • Meet weekly with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction on an individual basis to ensure progress on leadership development and scholar and teacher achievement.
  • Model excellent instruction and leadership in their own classrooms.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

This role is responsible for all academic goals across the school and must lead the Academic Deans and teachers in meeting them.  Our Directors of Curriculum and Instruction do the following:

  • Attend a series of leadership classes targetted to their role with CEO, Ben Marcovitz, and CAO, Margo Bouchie.
  • Meet weekly with the Principal of their school on an individual basis to ensure progress on leadership development of Academic Deans and progress on scholar and teacher achievement.
  • Meet regularly with the CAO of Collegiate Academies, Margo Bouchie, to develop technical skills and ensure alignment across the network.
  • Meet the needs of the Academic Deans and Teachers to reach their goals: perform classroom observations, perform observations of Academic Deans leading their teachers, support Academic Deans and Teachers in analyzing data and creating strategic action plans, lead Teacher and Academic Dean development meetings, hold Teachers and Academic Deans accountable for reaching their goals, celebrate their successes, and offer professional development inside and outside of the school’s campus.
  • Model excellent instruction and leadership in all adult professional development.
Click here to read about Vicky Ravin's experience as an Academic Dean.

Pathway 3: School Culture Leadership

Leaders of School Culture at CA are responsible for the school’s goals in Culture and Discipline.  The role of Culture Dean is first to set the vision and goals for a given grade-level and then to create a program that will achieve those goals.  Culture Deans do the following:

  • Attend the CA Leadership Workshop Series, a four hour class held monthly led by CEO, Ben Marcovitz, and CAO, Margo Bouchie.
  • Meet the needs of teachers and advisors to reach the grade-level culture and discipline goals: perform classroom observations, lead weekly grade-level meetings by advisory and by teacher, track disciplinary data across the grade level and create plans to increase disciplinary success of scholars, lead teachers in implementing grade-level wide campaigns in discipline and school culture, support advisors in meeting the needs of their advisories, and offer professional development inside and outside of the school’s campus.
  • Meet weekly with Culture Deans as a team to ensure progress on school-wide culture goals and scholar and teacher achievement.
  • Meet weekly with the Principal on an individual basis to ensure progress on leadership development and scholar and teacher achievement.
  • Model excellent culture and discipline in the classroom, in advisory, and in all common spaces.
Click here to read about Ben Davis's experience as a Culture Dean.

Pathway 4: Principal Leadership

Principals at Collegiate Academies are either opening new schools or succeeding a leader in a school that is currently in operation. Principals at CA do the following:

  • Complete a year-long incubation program that includes regular coursework led by CEO, Ben Marcovitz, CAO, Margo Bouchie, and COO, Riley Kennedy.
  • Complete a year-long incubation program that includes regular classes, school visits, projects designed to target growth areas, the creation of a school design plan, and regular meetings with the CEO to track progress towards goals.
  • Meet the needs of Teachers, Academic Deans, Culture Deans, Mental Health Professionals, Operations Staff and their school’s Leadership Team to ensure that all scholars are prepared for college success.
  • Lead professional development both in and outside of the school on instruction, school culture, and leadership.
  • Model excellence in teaching and leadership in all arenas of school life.
Click here to read about Jerel Bryant's experience as a Principal in Training.